Waterberg National Park
Waterberg National Park
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Jane Doe
Lower Saxony, Germany259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This place was a nice change in scenery. It was greener than expected. The walk to the top surprised us and was worth every step. It is very rocky and not a walk in the park. The signs in the beginning were not too good but we got a map at the parks office and that made it easier. The trail was not cleared everywhere. Gerneral hiking rules seem to not exist here (it might have just been inexperienced people). The view from the top was spectacular and unexpected. All the way one can hear baboons. Don't worry but be aware of them. On our way up we saw a huge baboon trying to get into one of the charlets. So if you plan to stay there, close your doors and windows.

If you want to camp here, it is a NWR camp. There are a few quiet and private spots around but not too many. And those are close to the bushes aka the baboons. However, security is provided. The bathrooms are alright, but dirty due to the sandy campground.
Written 6 February 2024
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Rajesh K
Sydney, Australia148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We made a day trip to the park and completed a hike to the top of the plateau. A roundtrip of 90 minutes. There are lots of rocks so wear good walking shoes. The view at the top was excellent. We had coffee at the restaurant and one of our group had dropped their wallet. The waitress came up to our car just before we left to return the wallet. This was great and she was rewarded with a tip. The only downside is that the marking on the various hiking routes could be better.
Written 17 April 2023
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Yann Renaud
Switzerland824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
A walk starting at the NWR Waterberg resort (also accessible if you don't sleep there), will bring you up the Waterberg and enable you to discover an incredible view! Take good shoes with you, the way up is not a simple path!
Written 8 August 2021
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Henning511
Swakopmund, Namibia97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My daughter-in-law a regular visitor of the park, booked a bush chalet for my wife and me -only for one night. We arrived tired and having heard all the stories of wild baboons weren't so keen to stay long at all. We stayed 1 night in Bush chalet 57. Then we extended it with another day in Premier Bush Calet no 41. Then we wanted to extend it again....but, due to work commitments, we couldn't.
PROS
Felt very safe. The beautiful scenery. The peacefulness.The variety of birdlife. The vegetation. The various hiking options.The friendly staff. The baboons that ignored us totally and went their own way. The afternoon drive with Faustinus Simupi on top of the mountain (what a safe and friendly, knowledgable driver!) Seeing buffaloes in the wild. Having the best breakfast we encountered on our trip of 4 days (private lodges included). The beautiful historical building accommodating the dining room. The cleanliness, the display of the tables and the layout of the buffet-WELL DONE GUYS!
And the list goes on and on- At Bush chalet 57 we found two bedrooms and a large lounge area THREE inverter aircons-ALL working! Hot shower and again-quality mattresses and quality bedding. It overlooks the plains and the scenery with all the clouds, left us speechless. We decided we wanted to stay another night this time in the Premier bush Chalet no 41 with a glass sliding door overlooking the vast terrain. Again we were surprised. Everything mentioned above applies to no 41 albeit a smaller 1 bedroom unit. We had a nice braai conveniently close to the chalet with under roof parking for our truck. And to top it all- Rain, rain and more rain.....what a trip, what a stay-thankyou NWR and staff.
CONS
Swimming pool currently under construction
Written 10 January 2020
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Steve H
Fredericton, Canada5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Giraffe walk is an easy 5kms on flat ground. It can be combined with the Dassi trail, which is the opposite - rocky and lots of elevation. At the botanical garden end there are Kudu hanging about that don't seem intimidated, dik diks and lots of noisy baboons. May have seen an African cat, but can't be sure. Decent campsite, you have your own toilet/shower, but is part of a 4 unit block. You can get drinks during the day at the lodges which have spectacular views. Had a visit from a porcupine overnight.
Written 12 October 2019
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Alex
Landsmeer, The Netherlands121 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
When we drove around the property looking for the walking trails it felt like we entered some horror movie. Except a few staff members it was abandoned/ desolate. There are lots of baboons and warthogs wandering around looking for food. It doesn’t feel very safe if you have to walk through dozens of hungry baboons. The walking trails are hard to find. There are very few direction signs and the map doesn’t make sense at all. In the end we walked up the mountain which was not an easy walk. My parents are in their sixties and for them it was quit a difficult and steep climb. Because of missing signs you keep asking yourself am I going in the right direction or do I and op being baboon food? The view on the mountain ensured I gave Waterberg 2 stars instead of 1. My advise: skip Waterberg if you can!
Written 12 October 2019
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Global816137
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
This was a beautiful stop over. The ablution facilities are very clean. Great laundry facilities and wash lines to catch up on a bit of of laundry fir the rest of the trip. Very friendly staff at reception, restaurant and pub. Stunning views of the Waterberg at sunset and sunrise!
Written 9 October 2019
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gordy3000
Brussels, Belgium318 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I had read a lot of bad reviews about the accommodation (Waterberg Resort) in the park but as there were no alternative options in the area we had no choice but to go ahead with the booking. Overall, it was not quite as bad as expected. However, while the location is nice and the bush chalets are decent, the facilities need to be significantly improved.

The positives:

1) the accommodation is well kept, clean (given the location) and spacious.
2) the restaurant is decent; the quality of the dinner and lunch was better than we expected and was good value.
3) There is a beautiful view from the top of the plateau (we hiked ourselves - it took about 40 minutes - no guided hikes were available anywhere).

The negatives:

1) there is not a huge amount to do; no alternative activities offered other than expensive safaris (in an area where there does not seem to be a lot of wildlife).
2) the restaurant is dim and not particularly attractive; could not recognise it from the photos on their website.
3) the swimming pool is not in a state to be used by humans; animals (baboons and warthogs) use it as a drinking fountain.

Also, be aware that baboons will enter the chalet if the door is left slightly open.

The staff were reasonably kind but don't expect the high level of service that you would get from a private lodge.
Written 24 September 2019
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Clnspider
Lyon, France34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
We were very excited to visit Waterberg and see the animals from the plateau and especially the buffalos. It was a surprise for us when the receptionist told us that we cannot go to the plateau by ourselves even if we have a 4x4 car. And the price with a guide is 650nad per person, quite expensive for the country.
We have made the mountain view trial which is quite nice and in the shade but not well indicated, especially the return path.
You cannot see any wild animal when you arrive to the edge but the view is really nice.
Written 13 September 2019
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LOIC D
Les-Sorinieres, France4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I dont think it's a good idea to stay at the lodge ,expensive and not very confortable i think . But i suggest you go for and walk on the different trail the have on the" plateau " ! You will need good shoes ,hat and water ;dont forget your camera ;better doing this in the morning before it's to hot ,great view !
Written 4 September 2019
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