Waterberg

Ecology

Key environmental features: Waterberg wilderness reserve is located in the Waterberg region of the country. The farm is dominated by Acocks veld type no. 20: Sour Bushveld. This veld type dominates the Waterberg region, and is characterized by the presence of tall straight Birchwood trees (Faurea saligna) and tall, tufted sour grassveld, in an open savannah environment. Other dominant woody species include: Protea, Acacia, Combretum and Rhus. The altitude range for this vegetation type is 1 200- 1500 m above sea level, and the average annual rainfall range is between 650 and 900 mm. Bordering the sour bushveld vegetation close to the WWC boundaries are two other Acocks veld types: No. 18. Mixed Bushveld & No. 12. Springbok flats turf thornveld. The WWC environment is distinguished by undulating hills and gorges that feed the Sterk River. There are 4 of these large gorges/kloofs of which 2 at least retain water perennially (if not flow through-out the year). Plants that dominate these kloof areas are Mimosops, Grewia and Ficus species.

Certain areas of the Waterberg Wilderness Reserve offer spectacular views over the surrounding hills and valleys and exploring the impressive gorges with natural streams and pools is certainly a highlight. The reserve is ideal for the more active with some beautiful walks and potential mountain bike trails.

The Water berg Wilderness reserve is home to a large number of animal species as well as over 250 bird species and ideal habitat for a very large number of reptile species. The African rock Python and Black Mamba, two sought after species for reptile enthusiasts are common to the area. The wooded gorges and rugged terrain make the ideal habitat for a number of species including Leopard and Brown Hyena both of which frequent the area on a regular basis.

Game viewing is good as large numbers do occur on the property and the mountainous terrain offers the chance to see some species like Mountain Reedbuck and Klipspringer which are rarely sighted in many other reserves. See full larger mammal list below.

Wildlife Nature Reserve

Wildlife :

Larger mammal list :

Leopard (Panthera Pardus)
Caracal (Caracal caracal)
Serval (Leptailurus serval)
African Wild cat (Felis silvestris)
Brown Hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea)
Black backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas)
Aardwolf (Proteles cristatus)
Honey badger (Mellivora capensis
African Civet (Civettictis civetta)
Small spotted Genet (Genetta genetta)
Cape Clawless Otter (Aonyx capensis)
Banded mongoose (Mungos mungo)
Dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula)
Slender mongoose (Galarella sanguinea)
Striped polecat (ictonyx srtiatus)
Water mongoose
Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus)
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
Aardvark/Antbear (Orycteropus afer)

Rock Dassie (Procavia capensis)
Pangolin (Manis temminckii)
Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)
Springhare (Pedetes capensis)
Tree squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi)
Scrub hare (Lepus saxatilis)

Chacma Baboon (Papio cynocephalus ursinus)
Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops)
Lesser bushbaby (Galago Moholi)

Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Burchells Zebra (Equus burchellii)
Blesbok (Damaliscus pygargus)
Commen Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia)
Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus)
Impala (Aepyceros melampus)
Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Nyala (Tragelaphus angasil)
Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus)
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
Mountain reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula)