The Waterberg Biosphere Experience


This route is of special interest to archaeology and history buffs. From Pretoria, the route leads northwards towards the town of Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) on the Great North Road (the N1). This is an area that is rich with wildlife including the BIG FIVE found in both privately and publicly owned nature reserves. The route proceeds northwestwards via Thabazimbi with the Marakele National Park nearby, through Vaalwater and the Waterberg mountains and onto Mokolo Dam and the nearby Lapalala Wilderness reserve. The canoe trip at Mokolo dam to the tented safari camp offers excellent bird-watching opportunities and serves as an excursion into local archaeology and history. The journey into the past continues the next day on a guided walk in the Masebe Game Reserve. The route then turns to explore the greater Waterberg area and the small towns along the route towards the provincial capital city of Polokwane. Along the route the tourists can visit interesting sites such as the Doorndraai dam, Moorddrift monument, Percy Fyfe nature reserve that specialises in roan antelope species and the Makapans Caves near Mokopane.

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