Have you ever experienced the calming sensation of a natural hot spring? Hot springs are formed by groundwater being heated by shallow bodies of magma or water running through faults deep in the earth’s crust. These pockets of natural water are believed to have healing benefits because of the high sulfur content and the heat also calms your mind. You can thus take care of your body while soaking in gorgeous springs and taking in the scenery. TravelGround has rounded up some of the famous hot springs in South Africa where you can properly unwind and enjoy a well-deserved break.
Goudini Spa is synonymous with hot springs in the Western Cape. It is a sought-after holiday destination for the whole family on the famous Route 62. The resort is situated on the majestic mountain slopes overlooking the vineyards of the Breede River Valley. The main attraction in the resort is the naturally-heated pools and other entertainment options like a water slide, tennis and squash courts, a games room and trails in the gorgeous environment are also on offer. The accommodation options include camping facilities, rondavels, flats and the more luxurious villas and houses.
Staying in the Western Cape, Montagu Springs is situated next to the Keisie River in Montagu and offers a tropical oasis with an abundance of birdlife and natural scenery. The resort is centered around a heated swimming pool, three other cool swimming pools and a kiddie’s pool, so the entire family can have some splashy fun. There are various self-catering chalets for two to four guests and facilities like tennis courts, picnic areas, a play park and bicycles for hire are provided. Montagu is a quaint town with many gems to explore and you can venture further on Route 62 from here.
ATKV Klein Kariba is the perfect place for some family fun! This popular resort is situated just outside Bela-Bela in one of the Waterberg’s most beautiful kloofs and boasts a restaurant, café and convenience store. The two hot mineral springs, heated indoor swimming pool, cold outdoor pool and splash pool will provide hours of fun and you can also enjoy mini golf, volleyball, horse riding, game viewing, hiking, biking, rowing, fishing and quad-biking on the premises. The wide variety of accommodation includes fully-equipped apartments, mountain homes, cabins, tent houses and guest rooms with limited DStv and braai facilities.
The Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort in Paulpietersburg is situated in beautiful bushveld amongst giant Cambrian granite boulders that are millions of years old. The thermal waters reach up to 45 degrees Celcius and have healing properties for many ailments and disorders. You can enjoy a stay in a comfortably equipped room and indulge in meals at the main dining room, bistro or bars on the premises. The young ones will have the time of their lives on the heated supertube at the water park and there is an array of activities for the whole family. When you are in need of some relaxation, you can visit the spa with a sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzis and steam room.
You can also visit the following hot springs and enjoy a relaxing stay nearby. Phone ahead and enquire about any fees or requirements for day visitors.
- Calitzdorp is home to the Calitzdorp Hot Springs boasting outdoor hot springs and a recently-renovated Roman Bath area.
- The Caledon Spa is a luxurious retreat in Caledon where you can enjoy a rejuvenating experience at the Rain Spa and warm mineral baths.
- Warmwaterberg Spa between Barrydale and Ladismith welcomes day visitors by prior arrangement during the school holidays and on public holidays.
Does this sound like the relaxing break you need after a tough year? Then book your well-deserved hot spring getaway today and forget about all of your worries while soaking in the healing water.