A true bush getaway is an essential part of the African experience and the Waterberg region offers limitless horizons to immerse yourself in wilderness and wildlife. A UNESCO registered biosphere reserve, it is a vast undiscovered stretch of bushveld, ancient mountains and rolling savanna starting 200km north of Johannesburg in the Limpopo province, encompassing a national park and numerous private reserves of rehabilitated farmland where giraffe, zebra, leopard, antelope and elephant have reclaimed their rightful place, where you might come across hippo or crocodile on riverbanks, spot caracal, brown hyena or jackal at sunset.
The Waterberg Mountains being a malaria-free zone, Marakele National Park is a popular safari destination for families and includes all the Big Five, and a large colony of endangered Cape Vultures. The private reserves may not promise lion, but the magic of being able to ride on horseback among herds of zebra or giraffe, perhaps quad-biking on remote mountain trails, the thrill of night game drives, helicopter tours or even fishing makes for an incredible personalized safari experience, where sundowners with stunning bushveld views merge, after dinner around the fire, into mesmerising star-gazing under the clear southern night skies.
The ancient mountains are rich in history with San rock art sites to explore, and going back another few million years the first hominids left fossil traces at the Makapans Valley an important palaeontological site. Visit the Mokopane valley with its intricate network of caves and Bela Bela for natural mineral hot springs. Or forget about sight-seeing altogether, relax and lose yourself away from it all in your own stretch of pristine bushveld, soaking up the sounds and slow pace of nature with game drives and memorable horse-back adventures, lazy afternoons by the pool and long evenings around the fire under the stars.