Bushveld Travel Guide

Map of Bushveld

Unique and totally different, The Waterberg, with its remarkable rock formations shaped over millions of years by riverine erosion, is one of the first regions in the North of South Africa to be named as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve


With over 15 000 square kilometres, stretched impressively between Thabazimbi in the south west and Lapalala River in the north east of the Limpopo Province, here you will find that very little has changed – there are limited tarred roads and hardly  any evidence of human interference. If you are looking for an authentic African savannah experience – then this is it. The region is well named "the Bushveld".


Today, much of the Waterberg’s land has turned over to the conservation of elephants, white rhino, leopard and buffalo. Farmers have turned to conservation restoring overgrazed land in order to encourage and protect antelope, giraffe, hippo and other species.


Even three million years ago people thought this region was worth exploring and enjoying as there is strong evidence of our first human ancestors living here at that time. Almost two thousand years ago the San settled in the area and created beautiful rock paintings at Lapalala. It is an amazing site to explore.


Scenically and culturally it is a must see destination.


Top things to do in the Bushveld Region:


  • Enjoy family friendly Mabula Game Reserve
  • Be pampered at one of the private lodges at the Welgevonden Game Reserve
  • Go wild at Entabeni Game Reserve – great for the family
  • Explore the Rhino Museum – the only museum in Africa dedicated to this amazing creature
  • Play golf at one of the many club championship courses in the region