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The Waterberg Mountains

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... are located in the North of South Africa.

Rising out of the surrounding plains, these mountains create an elevated plateau which, thanks to its unsuitability for agriculture, has managed to remain relatively wild. In recent years a great deal of the land has been turned over to wildlife, with smaller private areas coming together to create significant reserves.

Although these areas have significantly lower wildlife densities than locations such as Kruger, they do have the significant advantages of being non-malarial and having much lower visitor densities.


Marakele National Park anchors the southwest corner of the area, but does not contain any high quality accommodation. For that we need to look to the neighbouring reserves ...


The Marataba Reserve is a substantial private wildlife area of around 200 square kilometres which adjoins the north side of national park and contains just one lodge ...

Marataba Lodge ... is a relatively large but genuinely upmarket lodge with a real designer feel, polished delivery and a price which is far lower than equivalent lodges in other better known areas.


The Welgevonden Reserve is an even more substantial private wildlife area of 340 square kilometres which adjoins the northeast side of national park and contains more than a dozen small lodges ...

Makweti Safari Lodge .. is a really pleasant option, a traditionally styled lodge ranged across a forested hillside and with just five very comfortable suite rooms.

Ekuthuleni Lodge .. is another nice option, right in the centre of the reserve and also with just five very comfortable suite rooms.

Nungubane Lodge .. is a similar traditionally styled lodge, also with just five comfortable suite rooms.


The Ant Conservancy is much smaller private reserve of around 50 square kilometres situated to the northeast and adjoining the Grootwater and Mokolo Dam Nature Reserves. Unlike the previous reserves it does not contain elephants or lions and instead concentrates on a more immersive and family-oriented safari, with plenty of horse-back safari and walking safari.

Ant's Hill .. is a very pleasant eight room lodge, very nicely presented and hosted, a real favourite amongst for smaller families looking for a relaxed non-malarial safari experience.

Ant's Nest .. is another very pleasant lodge, this time with six rooms, also very nicely presented and hosted, a real favourite amongst for smaller families looking for a relaxed non-malarial safari experience.


The Entabeni Reserve straddles the southeastern corner of the mountains and covers around 200 square kilometres of upland and lowland landscapes, with an impressive escarpment in between. This is a much more overtly commercial area, centred on a major golfing resort which is famous for a par 3 hole which tees off from the top of the cliff.
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