The Waterberg Plateau east of Otjiwarongo rises about 200 meters from the surrounding plains. The 20 km wide and 50 km long table mountain consists of porous sand stone. Whereas dry climate prevails on top of the plateau, strong permanent springs are found at the foot of the mountain (hence the name “Waterberg”).Consequently the vegetation is lush, green and rich in species. Fig trees, tiger lilies and coral trees are amongst the rich fauna found here.
Since 1972 the area around the Waterberg has been declared a conservation area and an area of about 400 square kilometres is protected. Various endangered species have been repopulated in the park, like white and black rhino, sable and roam antelope, buffalo and blue wildebeest. The Waterberg Plateau is ideal for taking walks and for relaxing. Historically the Waterberg region is also of importance.
In 1851 when the first European travellers reached the spring „Otjosondjupa“, situated at the site of today’s Bernabe de la Bat Rest camp, San, Damara and Herero tribes had already settled in the area. In 1904 the final battle between the German colonial army and the Herero, which claimed many lives on both sides, took place at the Waterberg. Today a soldier cemetery testifies this tragic event.
The rest camp run by Namibia Wildlife Resorts offers nice holiday chalets, a restaurant, a swimming pool and some camp sites. Several private guest farms in the vicinity also offer quality accommodation with unique atmosphere.