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Places of Interest
Surrounded by a number of other day trip options, Botsebotse Luxury Retreat is well positioned to explore the best on offer in the region and is a perfectly positioned stopover to the North or Botswana.
The Shingwedzi Cheetah And Wild Dog Breeding Ranch
The Shingwedzi Cheetah and Wild Dog Breeding Ranch accommodates a satellite project of the world-renowned De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre and offers an unforgettable and highly educational experience at close quarters with South Africa's most endangered species - the cheetah and wild dog.
The Nylsvley Nature Reserve
The Nylsvley Nature Reserve is the largest and best conserved floodplain in Southern Africa. With 412 recorded bird species representing almost half the total number of bird species in South Africa, it offers a variety of superb bird watching experiences. Scientific research at Nylsvlei makes it one of the most intensively studied sites in the world.
The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve
A geographical wonder supporting a biome of some 14 500 square km (400,000 hectares) launched in 2001 as one of some 400 UNESCO-registered biosphere reserves established around the world. It is the only "savanna" reserve of this type in southern Africa.
The Big Five Marakele National Park
The Big Five Marakele National Park is a sanctuary to a vast variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moist eastern regions of South Africa. The Big Five as well as an amazing variety of birds, including the largest colony of endangered Cape Vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs) in the world, have settled here. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five metre high cycads and tree ferns are also found here.
Makapans Valley World Heritage Site
Makapans Valley World Heritage Site is the sister to the Cradle of Humankind and sediments, fossils, bones and artifacts found, preserve the most complete record of hominid habitation and evolution dating back 3,3 million years - from the ape-man, Stone Age, Iron Age up to the present day. It is here where Raymond Dart found the fossil remains of Australopithecus Africanus, a 3,5 million year-old apeman.
Pedi Potters Traditional African Village
Pedi Potters Traditional African Village is a beautifully decorated example of the local Pedi building culture and traditional Pedi clay pots made by the women from the village can be bought here.
The Melkrivier School Complex
The Melkrivier School Complex is a beautifully restored farm school of the 1930's and encompasses:
- The Waterberg Biosphere Museum that offers fascinating information on the cultural history of the area.
- The Rhino Museum - the only one of its kind in Africa, devoted to the conservation of rhinoceros.
- An Art Gallery and the Wayside - the pub, restaurant and tea garden is a veritable oasis in the region.