The Waterberg's R518, Limpopo
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The story goes that the Waterberg was first made famous by Paul Kruger - then President of the South African Republic and the person responsible for creating the Kruger National Park. He used to send ‘difficult' Boer farmers to the Waterberg as a way of keeping them out of his hair.
The R518 is a scenic road route that takes you from the town of Mokopane to Marken through the heart of the Waterberg Mountains. One of the highlights of the road is passing through the range known as the Waterberg Red Beds because of their distinctive rusty colour. This colour is a result of iron particles trapped in the sandstone that began rusting some 1900 million years ago.
From the town of Mokopane, a small agricultural centre, the R518 heads towards the western part of the Waterberg and climbs from the low bushveld to the dramatic mountains heights. The views are amazing and the Waterberg Red Beds are a photographer's delight.
The R518 continues through the region to the small town of Marken, taking you through gorgeous bushveld scenery. This is the wild heart of the Waterberg, part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, a 400 000ha protected wilderness. The San people, who left their legacy behind in the form of spectacular rock art, first inhabited the area.
The R518 is part of the Waterberg Meander, a scenic route through the region that takes you to a series of interesting historic sites, community projects and tourist attractions.
The Waterberg region has become one of Limpopo's most popular eco-tourism attractions, offering rugged mountains, rolling bush and plenty of wildlife, with the added bonus of being malaria free. The Waterberg offers a variety of wildlife and safari experiences, varying from Big Five reserves and upmarket game lodges to remote wilderness hideaways and self-catering bush camps.
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Who to contact
Waterberg Tourism & Parks Resource Centre
Tel.: +27 (0)14 736 4328