Top things to do in Bushveld

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 …
Italian in Vaalwater

La Fleur

With a classy set-up inside and an outdoor terrace where you can keep an eye on the comings and goings in town, this is Vaalwater’s only restaurant of note. It dabbles in pizza, pasta, salads, pancakes and steaks, a…
Arts & Crafts in Vaalwater


Next to an essential oils factory and close to Horizon Horseback Adventures, Beadle is a community project that sells attractive leather and beaded crafts, handmade in the workshop by local villagers.
Cafe in Vaalwater

Seringa Cafe

A pretty garden setting, a range of snacks and international dishes such as burgers and consistently good reviews from travellers – Seringa is a fine place to stop on your way through town.
International in Bela-Bela

Toeka se Dae

Pull up a chair fashioned from old tyres, number plates or tin baths and admire the inimitably quirky decor at this farm stall 15km out of town. Lunches are nothing spectacular – a familiar menu of burgers, toasted …