The Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province of South Africa is bordered by the Limpopo River and Botswana border in the West, the provincial boundary in the South and the Magalakwena River in the East. The region is renowned for its hot spring resorts and the beautiful mountain terrain of the Waterberg mountain range. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen on the numerous private game reserves in the region. The spectacular scenery of the region ranges from broad rolling hills to magnificent red sandstone cliffs. Among the hills and mountains of the Waterberg region there is evidence of human occupation dating back thousands of years.
The Waterberg region offers more than 14 000 km of spectacular scenes. There are the Nylsvley Wetlands, where the greatest variety of water-birds are concentrated, the Cape Vulture breeding grounds near Thabazimbi, the Marakele National Park and Lapalala Wilderness Game Reserve and the many curative hot mineral springs. The most important towns of the Waterberg region are Bela-Bela (Warmbaths), Nylstroom, Naboomspruit, Vaalwater, Thabazimbi and Ellisras. Each town in itself is worth visiting, boasting a number of historical, cultural and natural attractions.
The Waterberg region of Limpopo is vast, peaceful and incredibly beautiful. It is a fascinating area with a rich cultural legacy and natural splendour. It is particularly appealing to those in need to find of a place to unwind. The Nylsvley Wetlands are home to the largest number of water birds in southern Africa with more than 400 species. The visitor can be almost guaranteed to sight more than 200 species in a single day. Visitors can stay over in the camping ground, or in one of the many lodges close by to. Bird watchers will also witness Cape Vultures as they ride the thermals over the Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi. The Park, with its rare cycads, tree ferns and yellowwood trees is home to around 800 breeding pairs.
The region encompasses vast tracts of bushveld savannah punctuated with clusters of trees and tall savannah shrubs, the extensive and mountainous Waterberg area and the Springbok Flats in the south. The Waterberg as we know it today is more than three million years old. Archaeological finds and San paintings are just glimpses of the region's past. Part of a pit prop from an Iron Age mine-shaft found in the Rooiberg area west of Bela-Bela gave a radio-carbon date of approximately 1500 AD. 500 years later mining is still an extremely important part of the economic structure of the Waterberg region, which is one of the richest areas of mineral deposits in the world, and forms part of the Bushveld Igneous Complex - a unique complex of volcanic rocks formed more than 600 million years ago and considered to be one of the geological wonders of the world. The complex extends over an area of 50 000 square kilometres, and is rich in platinum, iron ore, vanadium, tin, tungsten, chromium and coal. The region has a thriving mining industry which will last for many years to come.
The African Ivory Route, which has its origins in the legendary exploits of early ivory hunters and gold traders, runs through the Waterberg region. Today the route is an important ecotourism and 4x4 adventure destination much sought after by safari enthusiasts. Traversing rugged mountainous terrain and stunning wilderness areas, the route offers scenic camps, exciting off-roading and many other adventure opportunities for safari enthusiasts. The route will appeal particularly to the person drawn to the African wild. Scattered throughout the Waterberg region are many curative hot mineral springs where visitors can relax and enjoy a sense of well-being.
Bushveld Cottage is a homely Self Catering Cottage nestled in the heart of the bushveld, 18 kilometres north of Bela Bela (Warmbaths)
Nestled in the heart of the bushveld and overlooking a gorge, Leopards Rock Bush Boutique Apartments are located in an exclusive country estate just 15 minutes from Bela-Bela. Only 3 open plan, spacious Apartments are set on a rocky incline with sweeping
With the majestic backdrop of the Waterberg Mountains lies Dumanzi Lodge, offering wonderful accommodation for both leisure seekers and hunters. We are located in the heart of the Bushveld, making our Lodge an ideal destination for weekend...
Twiga Lodge is an affordable, fully equipped, selfcatering unit which is secluded, private and set in the African bush. Just 2 hours from Johannesburg and 28km from Bela-Bela, it is the ideal family getaway for nature lovers to see the Big 5 up close
Experience ultimate luxury in the bush at Mingwe Private Game Lodge situated in Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, home to Africa's Big 5.
Thaba Metsi is located on a small private game reserve 10 km outside Bela-Bela (previously Warmbaths) on the Eersbewoond road In Limpopo Province.
Klipkuile translates as 'Rock Pools' and refers to the unique natural rock pools in the Klein Sterkrivier ('Little Strong River') which is the heart of the Klipkuile lodge. Being just over 2 hours drive from Pretoria, Klipkuile is ideal for weeken...
Privately owned self catering 4 sleeper chalet, (can sleep 6 ) nested within a big 5 game reserve surrounded by free roaming animals - only 1 & 1/2 hours from Pretoria.
Galago Private Bush Lodge is set in 17 hectare of pure bushveld just 16 km from Bela Bela (Warm Baths). This is an ideal setting for small private group functions and secluded get a ways!! 4 comfortable en suit cottages for 6...
96 Makhato Bush Lodge is situated on Sondela Nature Reserve in Limpopo Province. 96 Makhato Bush Lodge is a beautiful, privately owned lodge ensuring a peaceful getaway from the hussle and bussle.
Nageng lodge is an affordable lodge situated in the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve just 2 hours from Johannesburg and 28km from Bela-Bela. Sleeps 10 adults and 2 kids under 10yrs old
If you need a holiday where you can rest in luxury then this is where you need to stay. This brick and thatch house has four bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms, comfortably sleeping eight people in 3/4 size beds. Each room has a magnificent ...
Panorama Guest House is an accommodation facility with a lovely Bosveld atmosphere, approximately 160km from Pretoria and only 4km outside Naboomspruit (Mookgapong), with 10 en suite rooms to choose from...
The self catering property is situated 20 km outside Bela-Bela on a game estate, with all kinds of different antelope including giraffes, sables ect.
Bush Africa Safari Lodge has 3 luxury en-suite thatched chalets each with a bath and shower. Each chalet can accommodate up to 4 people. Each chalet is equipped with coffee/tea making facilities and a private patio overlooking the garden and pool...
In the heart of the Bushveld, Makhato Bush Lodge No 109 is a privately- owned bush lodge in the exquisite pristine Sondela Nature Reserve.
Get really close to nature in this fully equipped luxury home, ideally situated in Mabalingwe with direct access to the acclaimed Zebula Country Club. Ideal for 6 adults and 4 children. Book in at 6am and Depart at 6pm, 2 nights equals 3 full days
Mabalingwe Self-catering Unit available. Sleeps 6x adults and 4x children.
La Barunè Game lodge is situated in Kamonande Nature Reserve. Self catering available for up to 12 guests. We are less than two hour's drive from Pretoria, and 8 km from Vaalwater in the malaria free Waterberg Mountains