Waterberg Area

Vaalwater is a small town situated on the Mokolo River in the Limpopo province of South Africa.


Vaalwater region is also known as the Waterberg This region, situated in the Limpopo Province, stretches 150 kilometres in a long arc from Thabazimbi in the West, Modimolle (Nylstroom) in the centre, to Mokopane (Potgietersrus) in the east. Vaalwater is the central village of the area. The Waterberg region is in the heart of the Bushveld, with low mountain ranges and escarpments. The Bushveld vegetation is dominated by different veld types, which are characteristic in mountainous savanna areas.

The name Waterberg refers to the fact that the mountains in the area serve as water reservoirs for the arid region. The Waterberg is also a birdwatcher`s paradise, with more than 300 bird species to be spotted. Although best known for its game and nature reserves, the area is also rich in minerals such as iron, coal, tin, platinum, zinc, titanium and vanadium and crops like tobacco, groundnuts, maize, grain sorghum, sunflower seeds, wheat, cotton, citrus fruit and rice are grown here.

The exceptional abundance of wildlife species, together with the mosaic of scenic landscape and the fascinating cultural heritage, has led to many nature-based tourism destinations that can be explored.