Namibia Wildlife Resorts' Waterberg Camp, also known as Waterberg Bernabe de la Bat Rest Camp, is located at the foot of Namibia's Great Waterberg Plateau rising more than 200 metres above the surrounding plains, with a width of between 8 and 16 kilometres and a length of around 49 kilometres from south-west to north-east.
The average altitude of the plateau is between 1650 and 1700 meters above sea level. The area is also rich in a plant life and the total of approximately five hundred plants have been recorded in and around the Waterberg. The plateau is mosty inaccessible to tourist resulting in relocation in the early 1970s several of Namibia's endangered species with an aim to protect them from predators and poaching. This program was very successful and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare species. Black rhino were reintroduced to the area from Damaraland in early 1989, starting a successful breeding program of national and international significance.
History of Waterberg
A Rhenish mission station was established at the Waterberg in 1873, later destroyed during Nama/Herero wars and rebuilt again in 1891. During 1904 in time of Herero Uprising the battle between Hereros and German Colonial forces took place at the Waterberg. As a reminder of this event a graveyard can be seen in the vicinity of Bernabe de la Bat Camp. The rest camp was renovated and refurbished in 2007 and can accommodate more than 200 people. There is a petrol station and a shop at the camp. Camping sites are also available.
Private vehicles are not allowed to drive to the plateau but morning (at 06:00) and afternoon (at 14:30) game drive excursions are organized daily by park personnel. Duration of tour is four hours.
The Waterberg Rest Camp is nestling amongst indigenous vegetation, it was named after the first director of Namibia's Department of Nature Conservation. The camp was designed to blend with the surroundings, and during construction as little as possible of the natural vegetation was disturbed. In addition, the reddish brown sandstone bricks of the buildings and their copper-coloured roofs echo the colour and texture of the cliffs overlooking the rest camp.
Accommodation at Waterberg Camp
Premier bush chalet (8): deluxe double chalet with queen sized bed, en-suite bathroom, fridge/tea station
Family chalet (2): self-catering unit with two bedrooms, kitchenette/barbecue area
Bush chalet (2 beds) (12): double chalet with bathroom, lounge area, fridge, tea station/barbecue area
Bush chalet (4 beds) (11): two bedroom chalet, both rooms are en-suite, lounge area, fridge, tea station/barbecue area
Double room (34): room with en-suite bathroom, fridge/tea station
There are also demarcated shaded camp sites with seven ablution blocks with showers and toilets, two field kitchens equipped with cooking areas. All camping sites are outfitted with braai facilities, power points and cold & hot water. Other amenities include a swimming pool with a superb view of the cliffs, a restaurant, shop and a filling station.
Waterberg Camp's bar and restaurant are housed in historical Rasthaus, built in 1908, originally used as German police station. Breakfast times: 06:30 to 08:30. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day. The pool bar times: 09:00 to 18:00, the only one open for lunch. Dinner times: 19:00 to 21:00.
Wildlife at Waterberg
More than 200 bird species have been recorded in Waterberg area. Animals around Waterberg include black and white rhinoceros, buffalo, sable antelope, Springbok, roan antelope, zebra and Damara Dik-Dik.
Location of Waterberg Camp
GPS Coordinates: 20°30'51.74" S 17°14'45.34" E
Waterberg Camp is located east of Otjiwarongo off road D2512, 17 km from the junction with road C22.
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