If you are looking for a completely different wildlife experience, the Waterberg may be the place for you. Amidst the dramatic landscapes are a collection of fantastic wildlife reserves, each offering a unique safari. From Marataba Trails Lodge, for example, there are no game drives at all; you explore the area on foot with expert guides to lead you through the ever-changing habitats and ecosystems of this big game reserve.
There are also opportunities for horse riding; since the horses graze and roam among the big game, including buffalo, giraffe, kudu, and rhino, the wildlife’s familiarity with the horses mean you get up close and your encounters with them are relaxed.
There’s a strong cultural component to Waterberg which should not be overlooked. Travelling along the Waterberg Meander, a 350 km route through the heart of the biosphere, there are compelling vistas, handmade crafts, and you can immerse yourself in the food and traditions of the Pedi ethnic group, in the company of local women. There are plenty of opportunities to combine cultural encounters with wildlife viewing, and doing both will give you a well rounded perspective on the region.