National Park in The Waterberg

Marakele National Park

This mountainous national park is at the southwest end of the Waterberg biosphere. The animals grazing beneath the red cliffs include the Big Five, as well as giraffes, zebras and cheetahs, but the landscape itself …
Viewpoint in Marakele National Park

Lenong Viewing Point

A narrow, serpentine but paved road climbs to this splendid vantage point with sweeping views; arguably the best views are on the way up. Once at the summit (take the right branch of the roads at the top), ignore th…
Cave in Mokopane

Makapan’s Caves

While not visually arresting, this National Heritage Site carries great palaeontological significance – artefacts from throughout the Stone and Iron Ages have been unearthed here. In the Historic Cave, chief Makapan…
Wildlife Reserve in Bela-Bela


This private rehabilitation centre, the work of Silke von Eynern and established in 2003, is a testament to persistence. After her husband's death in 1997, she set up this facility, which, after many false starts, n…
Nature Reserve in Bushveld

Nylsvley Nature Reserve

This 40-sq-km reserve, on the Nyl River floodplain, is one of the country’s best places to see birds: 380 species are listed. The mammal list runs to 79, with brown hyena, leopard, roan antelope, honey badger and aa…
Church in Vaalwater

St John’s Church

About 10km from Vaalwater on the Melkrivier road, turn right onto the Vierentwintigriviere road, and after 8.7km turn left towards Naauwpoort – St John’s will be on your left. The church dates from 1914 and is said …
Wildlife Reserve in Mokopane

Game Breeding Centre

This 13-sq-km reserve on Rte 101 is a breeding centre for the National Zoo in Pretoria and has a wide variety of native and exotic animals, including gibbons, wild dogs, giraffes and lions. You can drive through the…
Farm in Bela-Bela

Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm

This farm is home to more than 10,000 crocodiles, each reaching up to 5.5m in length. The beasts are bred for their skin and meat, which is exported worldwide. It’s just north of De Draai Gastehuis, 4km from Rte 101…
Museum in Mokopane

Arend Dieperink Museum

At the back of the tourism association, this museum recounts local history, with a focus on the town’s development after Voortrekkers founded it in 1852.