The Museums and Gardens are currently being developed 25 km from Vaalwater on the Melkrivier road, located on the left hand side of the Sterkstroom turn off. The complex covers some 50 ha with numerous ancient large termite tree covered termite mounds which form the basis for the gardens with strategically placed museum buildings currently under construction, one already completed.

A principal objective of the centre is the environmental education of the region’s youth working closely with local schools, the WWS, the WNC and Lapalala Wilderness School. No public Botanical Garden currently exists within the Waterberg Biosphere and a Reference Library, Herbarium and Archive Centre will form part of the Museum enabling students and the general public to easily access information.

Rather than one building there will be a series at different locations with a central Reception/lounge/tea garden and parking. In close proximity there will be a dedicated conference centre capable of seating 80 persons. The museums cover the following topics, Rhino and Elephant, ancient and past, Natural, past and present and cultural history plus a dedicated ‘Museum of Memory’. This will highlight the regions past and present pioneers.

Various species of endangered live animals will be a component of the museums exhibits including the re-introduction of Ground Hornbills which have been extinct in the Waterberg for many years.

The Centre is a registered Not for Profit, (NPO) organization, registered zoological garden and member of the SA Museum Association. The centre will be open from Tuesdays to Saturdays and members will be advised of the opening date in due course.

Clive Walker.

082 870 5971.    014 755 4063.