About Us

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The Waterberg Living Museum began in 1997 as the Waterberg Environmental Centre at Melkrivier, 50km north of Vaalwater, housing the Waterberg & Rhino Museums. The Waterberg Institute for Sociology & Ecology (WISE) came into being in 1998 as the research arm of the Museum. The Museum housed the offices of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve as well as the Waterberg Nature Conservancy and for many years was the hub of conservation activities in the Waterberg. 


In 2002 the Clive Walker Foundation was formed as a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO # 017-734) with the primary objective of managing the Museum. A living component was introduction in 2005, with the relocation of an orphaned black rhino. The Foundation ran the museum until mid-2008 when, as a result of a Land Claim on the museum property, the Foundation was forced to close the Museum. From its inception until its closure over 55 thousand visitors passed through the Museum, many of them children.