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Windhoek, Namibia

Waterberg Plateau Park:
Waterberg Plateau Park is a national park in central Namibia encompassing the Waterberg Plateau, 68 km east of the town of Otjiwarongo. The Waterberg Plateau is a particularly prominent feature, elevated high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia. As the plateau is largely inaccessible several of Namibia's endangered species were translocated there to protect them from predators and poaching to extinction. As a result the Waterberg Pateau now supplies other Namibian parks with rare species. In 1989, Black Rhino were reintroduced to the area from Damaraland, sparking a successful breeding programme of national and international significance for the species.

The Waterberg Plateau Park is ecologically diverse and rich and has over 200 different species of bird and some rare species of small antelope on the lower hills of the mountain.

Geologically, the oldest rock stratum is over 850 million years old and dinosaurs tracks were left there some 200 million years ago. The first human inhabitants were the San people, who left rock engravings believed to be several thousand years old.

It is also here in the foothills that the Herero people lost their last and greatest battle against German colonial forces at the beginning of the 20th century. The graves of German soldiers who lost their lives in the battle can still be viewed near the Waterberg rest camp at the base of the park.

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