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Waterberg Wilderness Lodge
Waterberg Wilderness Lodge
Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

20°28’51.8"S 17°16’45.0"E

Waterberg Wilderness Lodge: Our full report

The excellent Waterberg Wilderness Lodge is surrounded by the cliffs of the Waterberg Plateau.

It began as a traditional German guestfarm, but it is greatly enhanced by the warmth and humour of its owner-managers, Joachim and Caroline Rust. They and their team have renovated a crumbling farmstead into a great place to spend two or (better) three nights.

The lodge's rooms are comfy with quality furnishings (almost minimalist). The food is excellent and is usually accompanied by lively conversation. Activities include nature drives around the base of the plateau, where Joachim is building up natural game on his reserve. However, the highlight here is guided walking on a private area of the plateau, led by the lodge's local guide. These usually start by going up slowly, invariably taking in some superb scenery, then exploring the top. They last about three or four hours and are not a scramble, but are well worth the degree of energy and effort required.


Waterberg Plateau National Park, Namibia
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Half Board

Special interests

The relatively green oasis of the Waterberg Plateau supports over 200 bird species – including Namibia's only breeding colony of Cape vultures, a highlight for any birdwatcher. Of the lodges in this area, Waterberg Wilderness Lodge is perhaps our favourite.
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The walks at Waterberg focus on the plateau itself, offering views of the superb scenery on the way up and the chance to explore the top. The walks are usually 3-4 hours, and we think they’re well worth the degree of energy and effort required.
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Attitude towards children

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Dangerous animals
Moderate Risk
Fire safety


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Self-guided walking

    Self-guided walking


Disabled access

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Waterberg Camp

Waterberg Camp

Within the Waterberg Plateau National Park, the newly refurbished government-run Waterberg Camp offers a great location for hiking and birdwatching.

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Waterberg Plateau Lodge

Waterberg Plateau Lodge

Although outside the Waterberg Plateau National Park, Waterberg Plateau Lodge has perhaps the most spectacular views of the lodges in this area.

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