The Waterberg stretches more than 150km from the Marakele National Park in the south-west to the Masebe Nature Reserve in the north-east and is approximately 50km wide for most of it's length. It covers an area of 14 500 square kilometers.

Within it lies the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, an area of 654 033 Hectares, originally designated in 2001 under the UNESCO MAB Programme - see weblink to the UNESCO MAB Biosphere Reserves Directory . An application is currently in preparation to UNESCO to enlarge the biosphere to 1,727,614 Hectares and to rezone the biosphere's core, buffer and transition zones on a more scientific basis. further details are available on the Waterberg Biosphere website.

For further FAQ's on the UNESCO "Man and the Biosphere" programme, please refer to this document.

The Waterberg is home to 350 bird species, 129 mammal species and over 2 000 plant species, not to mention countless insect, butterfly and reptile species, making it very rich in biodiversity and an important conservation area.

Two publications have appeared in recent years and both are highly recommended to those that would like to read more about the Waterberg:

  • The Waterberg - William Taylor, Gerald Hind, David Holt-Biddle
  • The Soul of the Waterberg - Clive Walker, J. du P. Bothma

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 In addition to the above, further interesting articles on the Waterberg can be found on the internet at the following sites and additional books are listed on the Waterberg Nature Consevancy site: