Let off steam at a hot spring in South Africa

February 11, 2020

Let off steam at a hot spring in South Africa

Natural hot mineral springs and spas have long been associated with healing and wellness but, most of all, they’re so much fun!

South Africa is blessed with a variety of spots where you can “take the waters” in spectacular settings. Here are five of the best:

Tshipise, Limpopo

Expect year-round sunshine and a wonderful sense of being grounded in African soil at Tshipise, a large bushveld resort on the R525 en route to the Kruger National Park’s Pafuri Gate (which is just over 100km away). Think rural landscapes dotted by large baobab trees.

Drifting around the large, warm-water outdoor pool – fed by the hot mineral spring on site – provides a real sense of bliss and relaxation. This is a thoroughly family-friendly spot – only bear in mind that the indoor rheumatic bath is reserved for adults. When not soaking in the water, consider a game-viewing outing on horseback or a bush drive.

Either stay in a self-catering rondavel sleeping two, four or six, or opt for a closer-to-nature experience in the sizeable camping and caravan park (with power points). There’s a restaurant, pub and shop, but nothing beats grilling your own dinner over coals in this setting.

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ATKV Goudini Spa, Western Cape

Family fun is guaranteed at this old favourite. Situated in the Breede River Valley about 100km from Cape Town, the spread-out resort near the small town of Rawsonville boasts a natural hot spring and an array of warm indoor and outdoor pools.

While the enticing warm waters are clearly the main drawcard, and the kids won’t be able to resist the water slides and trampolines, the resort also offers a wide range of other activities – from tennis and horse riding to nature walks and birding.

Self-catering accommodation at this picturesque spot surrounded by the beautiful Boland mountains ranges from rondavel huts sleeping four to five people, and villas sleeping six, to a camping site.

There’s a restaurant and other facilities on the premises, but don’t miss out on an outing to one of the numerous wineries nearby.

Find more information here.


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Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape

Escape to the hot springs of Riemvasmaak, set within a remote expanse of mountain desert wilderness about 60km from Kakamas en route to South Africa’s border with Namibia.

The stark beauty of this place will have you reflect on its ancient origins – it’s the result of volcanic activity millions of years ago, and the springs, set between the Orange and dry Molopo rivers, are surrounded by tall granite cliffs.

Stay in a four- or eight-bed chalet on the site. While there is no electricity, and the showers are cold, the extraordinary setting and your ultra-relaxed evening braai (barbecue) under the stars will more than make up for it. (Buy your firewood in the village, and don’t forget to bring plenty of drinking water.)

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The Caledon spa, Western Cape

For a touch of Overberg style, head to the natural warm mineral baths at The Caledon resort and spa in the tranquil countryside overlooking the Klein Swartberg mountains.

The hot spring here originates from geothermally heated groundwater rising from the Earth’s crust and produces more than a million litres of water a day. The Caledon spa’s natural warm mineral pools are kept naturally pure, with no chemicals added. 

Treat yourself to a stylish stay in the 95-room hotel, with lush gardens and free access to The Caledon spa with its historic Victorian bathhouse, hotel fitness centre, and a number of pools.

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Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, KwaZulu-Natal

Hot tubs, saunas, hot spring baths and outdoor pools … All this, and much more, beckon at the Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, set in 550ha of bushveld 15km south of the small town of Paulpietersburg, with stunning views over the Bivane River.

It’s said that the spring water here, containing chlorides, sulphates and carbonates, can help treat many conditions – from gastric ailments to rheumatism and insomnia. What it certainly will do, is cure you of city-induced stress! (And kids of all ages will enjoy the heated supertube.)

The accommodation here varies from standard, superior and honeymoon rooms to self-catering units, and camping and caravanning. There are a number of eateries and bars on the site.

When you’ve had your fill of soaking, try quad or mountain biking, a guided bird walk, adventure golf or any of the many other activities on offer.

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