Vaalwater, situated along the upper reaches of the Mokolo River, is the only town in the Waterberg area. The mountainous area around the town is renowned for its lovely scenery and interesting wildlife, such as elephant, white rhino, the endangered black rhino, leopard and buffalo, as well as for more than 300 different species of birds.

Adventure And Sport

Outdoor Activities: Opportunities for day and night drives, guided walks through the bush, angling, hunting, river-boat cruises, farm tours, hiking and mountain-bike trails abound in this area.

Horizon Horse Trails: The horse trails allow visitors to act out their Western movie fantasies by “riding the range” in true cowboy fashion. Camp out in the bush or stay at the ranch – the choice is yours. The Triple B Ranch has been voted one of the ten best holiday farms in South Africa. Bookings should be made with Horizon Horse Trails.

Equus Luxury Wilderness Horse Safaris: The horse safaris are based at Lapalala Wilderness and take visitors on horseback safaris from April to September. Riders can see a vast assortment of wildlife and plants. Keep in mind that the trips are better suited for experienced horse riders. Bookings can be made through the company’s Johannesburg office.

Entertainment And Shopping

Mokolo Dam and Nature Reserve: The dam and reserve is an ideal spot for angling, barbecuing or just picnicking, and is situated 50 km north-west of Vaalwater.

History And Architecture

Church of St John the Baptist: Vaalwater is the proud custodian of an unexpected architectural gem – the Church of St. John the Baptist, designed by the eminent architect Sir Herbert Baker. The church was built with local materials and has a thatched roof.

Rhino Museum: Located in the Lapala Wilderness, the museum is the first museum dedicated to the conservation of the rhino. It highlights the habitats of the rhino, the rhino wars, illegal trading and conservation efforts to preserve the rhino.

Waterberg Museum: The Waterberg Cultural Museum is housed in the old “Melkriver” School, 1km off the main access road to Lapalala Wilderness and 4km from the main road between the towns of Vaalwater and Marken. The Museum offers an informative selection of artefacts that shed light on the cultural history of the Waterberg area, dating from the first inhabitants, the indigenous San hunter-gatherers and of the first white pioneers. The school, a historical landmark, was built in 1935 as a farm boarding school.

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