THE WATERBERG REGION
A UNESCO recognised biosphere reserve
The Waterberg Biosphere is one of the few UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserves on the planet, and is the only savanna biosphere reserve in the world! The Waterberg (meaning: mountain of water) is a mountainous massif of approximately 14,500 square kilometres (about 5,600 square miles) – the equivalent of 80% of the Kruger National Park – situated in the northern Limpopo Province of South Africa.
The average height of the mountain range is 600m (656 yards) with a few peaks rising up to 1,400m (1,531 yards) above sea level. The extensive rock formation was shaped by hundreds of millions of years of riverine erosion to yield diverse bluff and butte landforms.
The ecosystem can be characterised as a dry deciduous forest or Bushveld. Within the Waterberg there are archaeological finds dating to the Stone Age, and nearby are early evolutionary finds related to the origin of humans.
The area surrounding the Waterberg Mountain Range is an immense storehouse of cultural, archaeological and biological diversity. It is a breathtakingly beautiful area that is well worth a visit for anyone who loves nature, history and cultural experiences.