In August 1904, the Herero people under the leadership of Samuel Maharero was encircled by German colonial soldiers at the Waterberg and in a grim battle almost annihilated. Only few Hereros were able to escape through the Kalahari desert to Botswana. A military cemetary is still reminding of the tragic events.
Top: Waterberg Plateau. Bottom: Sable antelope and steenbuck in the game reserve. Left: Samuel Maharero in front of the Waterberg.
The Waterberg Plateau near Otjiwarongo exceeds the surrounding plains by about 200 metres. At the lower areas of the almost 20 km large rock massif there are a number of permanent springs, and the vegetation is relatively lush.
Since 1972 this area is under nature conservation. The Waterberg Plateau Park renders itself to beautiful and relaxing walks and also offers an excellent restaurant, nice and affordable holiday chalets, a swimming pool and a caravan park.
Travel hints and accommodation in the Waterberg Park can be found on the Tourist Info page.