The Waterberg Mountains, a UNESCO Heritage Site, are one of South Africa’s hidden gems. In the Limpopo province of South Africa, a three hour drive north-west of Johannesburg, bordering Botswana. It is an area of mountain peaks and rock formations with expansive plains and river valleys that surround the forest, also known as Africa’s Eden.
The Waterberg Meander is a 350 Kilometre self-drive route through the Waterberg Biosphere. There are several game reserves within the park and it is an excellent place to go on safari. Ant’s hill and Ant’s Nest provide an oasis in a private game reserve in the Limpopo area.
The Waterberg Plateau is an incredible place to view not only the landscape with the beautiful views but also game. It is an area for conversation and currently there are projects to protect the black rhino population.
The Madikwe Game Reserve is a national park in the conservation area towards the north-west of South Africa, bordering on Botswana. It is an hour’s flight from Johannesburg, or you can take a scenic drive. Located on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, it is a 290 square mile park and a brilliant alternative to the Kruger Park. Within the park there are endangered rhinos. Madikwe is where the Kalahari and Bushveld meet, with the red earth and rich landscape, you can see the Big Five.
Visiting both the Waterberg and Madikwe is an excellent way to see much of the South African landscape.