The Waterberg region has a long and rich history, stretching millions of years into the evolution and prehistory of man. The rainfall and environment of the Waterberg region, including natural shelters and caves provided a hospitable habitat for early man. It is estimated that the earliest inhabitants of the region, the Australopicthecus Africanus, were around as early as 3 million years ago. Discovered Homo Erectus remains in a nearby area have been dated as one million years old. Stone tools discovered in the region have been dated to the Middle Stone Age which stretches back to between 200 000 and 30 000 BC.
The timeline below provides a brief snapshot of the history in the area. (Dates provided are approximations)