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The Waterberg

The Waterberg Biosphere is one of 500 UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserves on the planet, and is the only savannah biosphere reserve in the world! It is approximately 1.7 – 2.2 million hectares in size. The Marakele National Park is situated at the far western end of the range.

Did you know? 

  • The planet is said to be about 4.6 billion years old. The Waterberg is estimated to be about half the age of the earth at 1.8-2.2 billion years old.
  • This area was formed by deposits of sediment in inland lakes, and because of the age of the range itself, one will not find any fossil remains.
  • Igneous rock scattered throughout the range suggests volcanic activity early in its development.
  • The Waterberg is situated right in the middle of the African tectonic plate, and it has moved around with this plate for millions of years. As a result, it has endured varying climatic changes.

The seemingly impenetrable Waterberg Mountain Range covers 14,500 square km – the equivalent of 80% of the Kruger National Park – and is one of Limpopo’s major mountain ranges.

The area surrounding the Waterberg Mountain Range is an immense storehouse of cultural, archaeological and biological diversity. It is a breathtakingly beautiful area that is well worth a visit for anyone who loves nature, history and cultural experiences.