The Waterberg Area

The Waterberg   |   History of the Waterberg 

The Waterberg

A breathtakingly beautiful expanse of mountain plateau rich in wildlife, history and culture in the Limpopo province of South Africa, 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg. The beauty and unique diversity of this 14,500 sq km wilderness has been recognised worldwide in being awarded the status of a World Biosphere Reserve by Unesco.

As well as an exceptional destination for safaris and those looking for unspoilt wilderness, it is malaria-free and there is also a wide menu of interesting places to visit and things to do. Many of these make interesting excursions from jembisa such as visits to local craft projects, a traditional Sotho home and a taste of the local dishes, cultural tours, curio and craft shops and specialist safari operations such as horse-riding safaris.

History of The Waterberg

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They were followed by the Sothos and Tswanas, whose descendants are still the predominant tribes in the area today. The majority of the staff team at Jembisa are Sotho.

In the 1850s the early trekkers, many of whom had come all the way up from the Cape in their wagons started to settle in the area. These were hardy people ekeing out an existence in a wild area. It was them who gave the area the name of the Waterberg due to it’s ability to hold water in it’s sponge –like rocks and enjoy streams of bountiful water all year long.

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Today there are descendants of all the historical settlers in the area plus the addition of more recent settlers from far and wide who have been drawn to the area due to its beauty and wilderness. This creates a potpourri of different peoples and cultures resulting in a richly diversified and interesting community.

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The Bush Home

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Cell: +27 (0) 83 438 1166
Email: reservations@jembisa.com

 

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 162
Vaalwater
0530
Limpopo
South Africa

 

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WEATHER AND CLIMATE

The Waterberg enjoys an exceptional climate all year round across the seasons. For more about the weather and climate.

TRAVEL AND MAPS

Jembisa is only 3 hours by road north of Johannesburg. You can drive or fly into Jembisa. Click here for maps and driving directions.