Reviews of Waterberg Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Christmas at Waterberg
A lot more people here as its Christmas than any of our previous visits but staff very helpful and everything went well.
The baboons were here in numbers as usual but there seemed to be no problems with them.
We just relaxed here and did not go on any activities or walks.
After a long drive we had difficulty finding it as the signing was very poor and we drove a long way past before someone manning a gate put us right.. It is clear this is mainly for people who want to walk, although we were not happy to do this with so many baboons about., we were warned not to open our curtains or leave the door open. The room was fairly new and well appointed.James ventured out for a short walk on three occasion and found he was being accompanied by friendly DikDiks which he loved.
We went on a drive up to the plateau, which was our main reason for going, once up there it was very difficult driving in deep red sand, we saw two sable briefly, and visited two hides, where we saw giraffe cape buffalo and a white rhino, as we spent rather a long time at the hide we had to drive as fast as possible to get back to the gate before closing time.
Room (family room) very spacious but getting a bit old.
Friendly staff, but the restaurant does not have a child seat (they did put in extra effort to make a nice special dinner for our 1 year old). Nice walks in the area.
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Not signposted as an NWR camp from road and we drove a further 8ks before we realised our error. At reception was asked if we really wanted self- catering as there were none in the room. Brought a 2 ring stove and some plates and cutlery but no other implements or mixing bowls etc. Cannot be classed as self- catering.
Morning drive left at 5.30 and no rugs, ponchos etc were provided - we were all cold despite wearing many layers. Should have been warned to bring even more. Guide then killed time by chatting as was too dark to see anything. Could have left 45 mins later and still been at waterhole to wait for animals. Had good sightings of roan and klipspringer and a few other animals and birds. Overall no comparison with Etosha and a bit of a disappointment though unusual setting
Plenty of trails around camp but not always easy to find and boots needed in places as a bit overgrown. Plenty of baboons around.
Quiet stay this time
Another place were you do as much or as little in the way of activity as you wish. Unfortunately I had picked up a 'bug' along the way and spent a lot of time recuperating on our short stay but we did see groups of baboons (and heard them) a few Dik Dik,
a very large group of banded Mongoose
Food was buffet style and pretty bland.
Staff very friendly at a busy time on this visit
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Although the escarpment was quite dramatic and worth seeing I think just a day drive in for a look and a walk would be adequate.
Facilities and food were average and walking trails not very interesting. They did have a very nice pool.
Waterberg - a confortable stopover
From Windhoek, we split in two our 900 Km journey to the Caprivi, using the Waterberg Camp has a one night stopover.
The 320Km were easily and quietly driven on tar road from Hosea Kutako Int. We just reached the Waterberg Plateau National Park in time for lunch, which we took on the nice restaurant. The food and service was good.
After lunch we had time for a short walk (Mountain View?) which was fairly enjoyable. Nevertheless we trust that, at the entrance office they should have /sell a booklet on the wilderness trails/walks /activities in the park, so that visitors could extract more from their visit to the park. Although they offer morning and afternoon game drives, we did not hire those services.
The facilities /chalets were good.
At late afternoon /evening a couple of Steinbucks could be seen grazing on the vicinity of the chalets.
We have stayed only one night at WPNP, which proved insufficient to fully enjoy it.
On the following morning and after an excellent breakfast we re-fueled our vehicle at the filling station available and proceeded to our next destination.
Friendly and comfortable
Our expectations were not high based on previous reviews, but it was a very pleasant place to stay for 2 nights.
After having spent 2 weeks being unable to walk without the protection of a guide, it was liberating to be able to take a hike on our own up to the top of the plateau, from where there were magnificent views across a lodge chuck of Namibia. In contrast to the government run camp in Etosha, Waterberg was a nice size and staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful.
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The plateau was beautiful and viewing blinds were special. The game driver (Barira?) was very knowledgeable and very proud of the conservation work that has been done at the plateau. He was funny and very good at spotting game.
The camp itself was disappointing. They have a real problem with very aggressive baboons which made our experience at the camp unpleasant. We had to keep the windows and curtains of our room closed most of time to keep the baboons from seeing in the room and trying to get in. We tried to sit out on our patio but had a troop of baboons show up and act very aggressively toward us (they charged and screamed at us). When we weren't out game viewing we had to sit in our room because of the baboons. Our room also had cockroaches so we had to keep everything off the floor and all food in the refrigerator.
The food was average. The first night our waitress was Maria, she was very friendly, helpful and efficient. The second night we had someone else and the service was very unorganized and unresponsive. We had to have Maria intervene to help us get our order right.
I really enjoyed the history associated with the camp and the mountain hike to the top of the plateau was very nice.
Waterberg camp was our only slight disappointment of the whole trip.
Waterberg Camp review
Fortunately we were warned by Expert Africa about the up-front deposit and took our own inventory of the room and facilities.
The fact that the patio furniture was slightly damaged was moderately concerning in case we were to be billed for repair/replacement.
Poor maintenance on the patio door resulted in us being locked out and had to wait for the maintenance man to come.
The best meal of the whole trip was here, especially being seated on the cloistered veranda overlooking the park.
The morning game drive on the plateau above the lodge is recommended if only for the sight of a back rhino (no guarantee).