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Waterberg Camp

Waterberg Camp hugs the base of the cliffs of the Waterberg plateau in central Namibia’s Waterberg Plateau Park. Seventy kilometers east of the town of Otjiwarongo , the plateau is the region’s prominent feature, souring high above the plains of the Kalahari. The plateau and some 400 square kilometers of surrounding land were declared a nature reserve in 1972.

As the plateau is largely inaccessible, several of Namibia's endangered species were relocated here in the early 1970s to protect them from predators and poaching. The program was very successful, and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare species. In 1989, black rhino were reintroduced to the area from Damaraland, sparking a successful breeding program of national and international significance for the species.

Facilities at Waterberg Camp include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, kiosk, and a shop that stocks basic groceries, beer, wine, wood, and souvenirs. The restaurant and bar are still located in the historic Rasthaus, which was built in 1908 and originally used as a police post. Breakfast is buffet style, and tea and coffee are available throughout the day. Lunch is at the pool bar, which offers soft drinks and snacks. Dinner is from the al la carte menu with a choice of delectable dishes.

Accommodation at Waterberg Camp comprises 34 double rooms, twelve “bush chalets,” eleven two-bedroom bush chalets, eight premiere chalets, and two family chalets. All have en-suite bathrooms, ceiling fans, beds with comfortable bedding, wardrobe, dressing table with mirror, lounge chairs, tea/coffee station, and mini-fridge. The family chalets include a kitchenette.

The primary activity at Waterberg Camp is game viewing. Black and white rhinoceros, buffalo, sable and roan antelope, and the diminutive Damara Dik-Dik are often seen in and around the camp. More than 200 bird species have been recorded in the area and of particular interest is the only colony endangered Cape Vulture in Namibia. There are several well marked paths around the camp and up onto the Waterberg Plateau with excellent views!

There are other local items of interest as well. In order to protect cheetah in Namibia, the nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) was founded in 1990. The Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST) was established in 2000 and is mainly concerned with protecting the Cape Vulture. Carrion is regularly laid out at the “Vulture Restaurant,” attracting vultures and hundreds of white-backed and lappet-faced vultures.

Farm Hamakari is situated east of Waterberg, close to the little town of Okakarara. At Hamakari, OvaHerero fighters suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of German troops in 1904. At the historic site a cultural and tourism center is now being established. The center will house an exhibition on the history and culture of the OvaHerero people, and plans are underway for local arts and crafts to be sold here.

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