Waterberg Bushveld Retreat

"Nestled in the Waterberg Biosphere and overlooking an amazing valley with breath taking views"
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Fauna & Flaura

BAN Geelhoutkop Chris


CLICK HERE for Fauna & Flaura of the Greater Waterberg Area

This will take you to the Waterberg BioQuest/BioSoektog web site for Fauna, Flaura and Geology of the Waterberg Area with information and pictures.

Waterberg Bushveld Retreat & Moonriver Mountain Retreat is exactly a place where you can go to be alone, to get away from it all. A safe place of privacy. A place affording peace and quiet. It is remote and serene. It’s nature, wildness and wildlife will leave an indelible imprint on any visitor who loves nature. The nature and scope of this imprint will vary with the responsiveness of each person to being exposed to such natural beauty and diversity of Fauna & Flora. It has an aura of mystery, ambience and contrast. It is also a safe haven for many plant and animal species of which some are endemic to the Waterberg, others red listed and even a newly discovered plant species in the Waterberg.

Waterberg Bushveld Retreat is extremely rich in Fauna and Flora, magnificently representing the greater Waterberg Region. With over 70 tree species and close to 150 bird species listed at Waterberg Bushveld Retreat & Moonriver Mountain Retreat. We have compiled and are still compiling, as new species come to the front, a tree list with the help of Dr Warwick & Michèle Tarboton, as well as a bird list with the help of Cameron Meyer. We have also compiled a basic mammal list, of which you can find all below.

There are however, a few very special items we would like to highlight and present to the visitor, before getting to the lists:


Kalanchoe waterbergensis

A recently described species, endemic to the Waterberg (see van Jaarsveld, E.J. 2017. Kalanchoe waterbergensis, a new Kalanchoe species from the Waterberg, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Bradleya 2017 (35).)

 Pictures by Dr Warwick Tarboton on Moonriver Mountain Retreat




Freylinia tropica   blue honeybells, Waterberg bellbush  blouheuningklokkies

Red-listed as "rare", it is found in the Waterberg and in the Chimanimani area in Zimbabwe.

Pictures Stephan Visser on Moonriver Mountain Retreat

Blue Honeybells1

Blue Honeybells2



Platysaurus minor    Waterberg Flat Lizard  Waterberg Platakkedis  - Endemic to the Waterberg

Picture Cameron Meyer on Moonriver Mountain Retreat

REP Platysaurus minor Moon River



Smaug breyeri  Waterberg Girdled Lizard  Waterberg Gordelakkedis

Endemic to the Waterberg

 Picture Cameron Meyer on Moonriver Mountain Retreat
REP Smaug breyeri Moon River



Podocarpus latifolius   broad-leaved yellowwood   opregte geelhout

We have a really large speciment that has a trunk circumference at the bottom of 3,2m!
The height still to be determined
Pictures Stephan Visser on Moonriver Mountain Retreat
Yelowwood Trunk



Pronolagus randensis   Jameson's red rock-rabbit   Jameson se rooiklipkonyn

Rarely Encountered, but abundant at Moonriver Mountain Retreat even at the Lodge at night.

Pictures by Dr Warwick Tarboton on Moonriver Mountain Retreat

MAM Jamesons Red Rock Rabbit Moon River Apr2019 J44361


Moonriver Mountain Retreat Bird List1

Moonriver Mountain Retreat Bird List2

Moonriver Mountain Retreat Bird List3





Guest Reviews


An absolutely stunning place. We returned home well rested and totally relaxed. Thanks to everyone at Moonriver Mountain Retreat who made our stay so enjoyable. We will definitively visit again.                                             

Laetita Greef -   Eagle’s Nest - September 2019


Serene, peaceful and relaxing breakaway

Upon arrival, friendly Sina and Daniel welcomed us. They helped us transport our luggage to the rooms, which is very convenient. The Waterhole house was beautiful! Incredibly clean and well equipped. The quietness and picturesque views were exactly what we needed, a fantastic breakaway to switch off and get well needed rest.   Thank you Zona, Sina and Daniel for a wonderful weekend!!                                

Hanri Joubert – Waterhole Chalet – September 2019


Thumps up!!!

We had the most amazing weekend at Moonriver. The establishment was awesome and the views breathtaking. Enjoyed our hike and evenings spent out on the deck. Very peaceful and the star gazing was superb.                                  

Melanie King - Sunrise Chalet -   September 2019


Great breakaway.

Two nice long walks on the property with a few short ones, nice game and bird life, very picturesque. Service was good, accommodation was tidy and well appointed. Will be back.

Inge Dziebowski - Waterhole Chalet - September 2019


Wens ek kon die plek my geheim hou!

Sjoe, wat 'n heerlike, ontspannende naweek het ek en my man nie gehad nie. Met ons aankoms was Sina so behulpsaam en vriendelik, ons het dadelik tuis gevoel. Opgestaan met 'n pragtige uitsig oor die vallei. Alles wat jy sou benodig is in die plekkie. Baie ruim. Sal verseker aanbeveel. Ons het gaan ry en draf op die roetes verskaf in die informasieblad voorsien in ons kamer.

Marlene de Wet - July 2019


Ontspannend en pragtige uitsig.

Bekostigbare, romantiese wegbreek in die Bosveld. Gemaklike akkommasie en stil atmosfeer. Lekker staproetes in die natuur. Sal hulle enige tyd aanbeveel.

Marelize Myburgh - June 2019


Ongelooflik rustig, net wat jy nodig het as jy wil rus.

Beste pek wat ek in 'n lang ruk besoek het.

Arno van Huysteen - May 2019


Great place to stay!

Beautiful and peaceful place.  Very comfy beds and the cottage suited our needs perfectly.  We enjoyed sitting outside and enjoy the beautiful view.  Thank you for a great stay.

F Rollason   -     Waterhole Chalet   -     February 2019.



My special thanks to you and your dedicated team.  We enjoyed ourselves inmensley and Sina and Daniel were the best.  Moonriver is simply stunning at very affordable prices.  We were able to just relax and enjoy the view.  Thank you once more for your excellent service.

Kind regards.

Edward/Gretel Baker  -  Sunrise Chalet  -  January 2019


Great experience, perfect for a quiet getaway.

Perfect, exceptional with a 4x4.

Nhlamula Mabasa -   Sunrise Chalet - 28 December 2018


Rustigheid in die natuur.

Perfekte plek om vir 'n week óf naweek weg te breek van die stad se lawaai.   Baie rustige plek.   Ideaal vir ontspan en die Bosveld te geniet.   Baie dankie vir die goeie diens.

Ian Esterhuizen   - Waterhole Chalet   31 Desember 2018


Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

This place is a gem!!! We loved every moment here. So quiet and relaxing and the staff is so friendly. They will keep seeing us in the future, that is for sure.  

Me and my husband stayed there the week before and booked our parents in on this booking as a surprise break away for them.... They cannot stop talking about how wonderful and perfect and beautiful and just amazing absolutely everything was... Once again... This is not just me and my husband's new favourite break away destination but also our families.... They are sure to have many many more visits ... continued.

Thank you for everything Moonriver Mountain Retreat. Love this place. Peace of heaven on earth.

Spittal family - Sunrise Chalet - November 2018



Ongelooflik rustig, net wat jy nodig het as jy wil rus. Beste plek wat ek in ‘n lang ruk besoek het.                                                                 

Arno van Huyssteen   - Sunrise Chalet     17 Mei 2019



Please Note:

  • All prices are for unit/chalet per night.
  • All prices are quoted on self-catering/self-service basis and include basic housekeeping only at the Main Lodge – on weekdays and Saturdays.
  • Payment by Credit card, Internet Banking Transfer or cash deposit.  Credit card facilities are available – no Debit Card facilities.  
         Cheques are not accepted.
  • A 50% deposit is required to confirm booking and balance 4 days prior to arrival.
  • NB please use your booking ID/NBID number as reference when making a payment
  • Cancellation policy available on booking.
  • Moonriver Mountain Retreat reserve the right to make changes without prior notice, unless bookings are confirmed.


High Season 2020

20 March – 29 March

9 April – 12 April

24 April – 27 April

12 June – 16 June

19 June - 5 July 

7 August – 10 August

24 September – 27 September

4 December – 8 January 2021


Moonriver Mountain Retreat was awarded Most Romantic Self Catering Chalet Accommodation in Waterberg , Limpopoas voted for by SA-Venues.com guests

Afristay has named Moonriver Mountain Retreat a 2018 Certificate of Excellence Award Winning Establishment.

Activities nearby

There are a number of activities on close proximity to Moonriver. 
Some of these needs to be booked in advance. 
Some of the recommendable ones are listed below.  (Please check at relevant establishments).

Game Drives:            Entabeni Game Reserve -
Horse Rides:             Horizon Horseback -  www.ridinginafrica.com
Elephant Rides:        Elephant Back Safaris – www.elephantsafari.co.za
Crocodile Farm:        Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm – www.tkwena.co.za
                                 Lalele Crocodile Farm – www.lalele.co.za
Beadle Craft Workshop:     www.beadle.co.za

Waterberg Biosphere – www.waterbergbiosphere.org