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To ac­cess the Water­berg, turn east off the B1 onto the C22 about 30 km south of Otji­warongo. Drive for 41 km and turn left onto the D2512. The gate of the NWR Water­berg Re­sort is 17 km down this road; Water­berg Wilder­ness is 8 km fur­ther.


NWR Water­berg Re­sort This camp­site is one of my favourites in Namibia, with a spec­tac­u­lar view of the cliffs from your tent. Camp­ing costs R130 per stand plus R160 per per­son (max eight peo­ple per stand). Each stand has its own braai, power point and light. Camp on the lawn in the mid­dle of the camp­site or on a big­ger, sandy stand on the out­skirts.

The re­sort also has dou­ble rooms (from R590 per per­son shar­ing), bush chalets that sleep 2 – 4 peo­ple (from R720 per per­son shar­ing) and four-sleeper fam­ily chalets (from R810 per per­son shar­ing). Break­fast is in­cluded in the rate, ex­cept if you’re camp­ing.

Water­berg Wilder­ness Pri­vate Na­ture Re­serve

There are two small camps in the re­serve: Water­berg Plateau Camp­site has eight stands and An­der­s­son Camp has four (R180 per per­son). Each camp has a small swim­ming pool. The stands are pri­vate and each has its own ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties, braai spots and an awning with a ta­ble.

Other ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions: Water­berg Val­ley Lodge has twinsleeper sa­fari tents, each with an en suite bath­room and a stoep with views of the val­ley (R690 per per­son shar­ing); Water­berg Wilder­ness Lodge has eight dou­ble units and five fam­ily units (from R1 220 per per­son shar­ing) in and around the orig­i­nal Von Flo­tow farm­stead. (The Von Flo­tows were a Ger­man fam­ily who farmed here from 1911 to 1971, with veg­eta­bles, citrus and cat­tle.) Then there’s the ex­clu­sive Water­berg Plateau Lodge with eight chalets on the es­carp­ment (R1 480 per per­son shar­ing), each with a stoep

and splash pool. The rates in­clude break­fast, din­ner and af­ter­noon cof­fee and cake.


NWR Water­berg Re­sort has a big restau­rant and bar in the his­tor­i­cal Rasthaus, orig­i­nally a po­lice sta­tion, dat­ing from 1908. Break­fast is served from 7 am to 10 am, lunch from noon to 2 pm and din­ner from 7 pm to 9.30 pm.

There’s a big swim­ming pool and stoep be­hind the restau­rant. Drinks are served here in the af­ter­noon.

The shop at re­cep­tion has lim­ited stock and the fill­ing sta­tion doesn’t al­ways have fuel.

Water­berg Wilder­ness has three lodges and each has its own restau­rant open to guests.

A rhino drive in the af­ter­noon will bring you much closer to these an­i­mals. The tour takes 2 – 3 hours and you’ll also see other species like wilde­beest, gems­bok, klip­springer and gi­raffe (R400 per per­son).

Book a guided hike with a tracker (R450 per per­son) to see what the an­i­mals got up to the pre­vi­ous night. The out­ing can keep you busy un­til lunch, and it’s a great way to learn more about an­i­mals and their habits. Take note: Be on the look­out for ba­boons. They’re used to hu­mans and won’t hes­i­tate to show their teeth or steal your rusks.


NWR Water­berg Re­sort 00 264 61 285 7200 (book­ings); 00 264 67 305 001 (re­sort of­fice);

Water­berg Wilder­ness Pri­vate Na­ture Re­serve 00 264 67 687 018; water­berg-wilder­ See page 121 for more ac­com­mo­da­tion in the Water­berg area.

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