Close to the ground.

GPS: S 25 05.366 E 030 27.228 | pop. 20,000 | elevation 1,403 m/4,603 ft

Vaalwater is a quaint slow-paced small town. It’s the perfect jumping-off point to explore the surrounding Waterberg Biosphere region or can be just a place to get away and enjoy some time in a rural town away from the city.

Vaalwater is a relaxed and scenic town from which to explore the surrounding Waterburg area and its activities; however there isn't much in the way of sights and activities in the town itself. If you are in need of some in-town entertainment, contact William at the AHA Tourism Information Office. He can arrange donkey-cart rides or bring in a performing choir from one of the surrounding townships.

Waterberg Elephant Back Safaris

Waterberg Elephant Back Safaris allows you to get up close and personal with the elephants and view the game without the invasiveness of a motor vehicle. To get there head north out of town on Voortrekker St/R517 for 8.3 km and turn left onto a dirt road (at S 24 16.504 E 027 29.868). Continue on the dirt road 9.1 km to the entrance gate.

Zeederberg Center

Zeederberg Center has a Spar, craft shop, coffee shop with Internet access and a couple other stores surrounding a tranquil lawn courtyard, and outdoor tables for coffee shop patrons.

ABSA Center

ABSA Center there is a supermarket, bottle shop and ABSA and FNB ATM.

Zeederberg Cottages & Backpackers

Zeederberg Cottages & Backpackers is located behind the Zeederberg Center. It has soft grass campsites, a main house with comfortable dorms and a handful of quaint well-kept country cottages spaced out over the expansive lawn. The owners are quite friendly and make this a very pleasant place to stay in Vaalwater.

Bosveldvus Karavaan Park

Bosveldvus Karavaan Park no longer allows caravans or camping but has four chalets and a deserted bar and pool table area. There are braai facilities and a swimming pool.

Vaalwater Hotel

Vaalwater Hotel has 12 basic rooms with AC. It is a convenient place to stay with an attached restaurant and one of the busier bars in town, and if you're looking for hotel-style accommodation, this is your only option.

Little Five Guest House

Little Five Guest House has four modern rooms with large patio doors that open to a garden courtyard. Take the signed turn from Voortrekker St across from the Brent filling station and continue 400 m down the road.

Big 5 Restaurant

Big 5 Restaurant is one of the more popular options in town and has indoor and outdoor seating. The plywood menu offers breakfast, light meals, pizza, burgers, steaks and a couple seafood and vegetarian options. Monkey gland sauce can be added to any meal for an extra R8.

Vaalwater Hotel

Vaalwater Hotel has a large but mediocre menu with outdoor seating just outside the busy bar.

The Bush Stop Café

The Bush Stop Café is a café that serves breakfast, salads, light meals and ice cream with outdoor seating in the Zeederberg Center courtyard.

Vaalwater Hotel

Vaalwater Hotel is an Afrikaner watering hole in town. Make your way past the pickup trucks haphazardly parked outside to join the small crowd on weeknights or the larger group of people supporting the national beer industry on weekends.