Top 9 Hot Springs to Escape the Winter Chill
While hot springs are fantastic to visit any time of year, nothing beats soaking in warm healing waters when its freezing cold outside. The steam rising off the water provides a gentle therapy to stressed minds, and the ceiling of stars overhead are perfect for star gazing. Here are our favourite hot springs to visit this winter – and any other time of year you please!
1. Goudini Spa, Western Cape
Goudini Spa is situated along Route 62 in Rawsonville, just an hour from Cape Town in the heart of the Boland Mountains. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools with both hot and cold water. Other facilities include a Jacuzzi, super tube, trampoline, mini golf course, hiking trails, tennis court, volleyball net, and games arcade, as well as a licensed restaurant, fast food outlets, shop, bottle store, and beauty clinic. Accommodation is available in apartments, rondavels, villas, and caravan and camping sites. Day visits are permitted to ATKV members only.
GPS coordinates: -33.668298, 19.264122
2. The Baths, Western Cape
The Baths is a rustic resort nestled on a citrus farm near Citrusdal, Western Cape. As the hot spring has a strict policy of non-commercialisation, there is limited cell phone reception and no televisions, so you’re promised a weekend without interruptions. There are both cold and hot pools, with the waters reaching 43˚C at the source. Other features include mountain rock pools, spa baths, a tennis court, trampoline, pool table, and kiddies’ playground. The MacGregor’s Restaurant has an a la carte menu and the shop sells all the basics for self-catering. Accommodation is available in chalets, flats, and caravan and camping sites. Day visits can be arranged.
GPS coordinates: -32.738241, 19.038261
3. Badplaas: A Forever Resort, Mpumalanga
Badplaas: A Forever Resort is an exciting family destination in Badplaas, Mpumalanga, where you’re invited to soothe your cares away in therapeutic mineral pools and pamper yourself with rejuvenating hydro treatments. The resort has 4 indoor pools, 3 kiddies’ pools, 3 outdoor pools, and a cold pool at the hotel. Thrill seekers will enjoy the supertubes, speed slides, and Rinkhals tube rapids. Other activities include game drives, horse rides, quad biking, volleyball, bowls, go karting, arcade, mini golf, paintball, and more. Accommodation is available in hotel rooms, self-catering chalets and rondavels, log cabins, guest houses, and a caravan and camping park.
Gps coordinates:-25.954774, 30.563102
4. Calitzdorp Spa, Western Cape
Calitzdorp Spa is situated halfway between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn, some 5 hours from Cape Town. The water reaches a temperature of 50˚C at the source, and has been known to cure people suffering from sprains to high blood pressure. Visitors can expect an indoor Roman bath of 30˚C, a warm outdoor pool, two cold water pools, tennis courts, a television room, and shop. Accommodation is available in mountain and pool chalets, as well as camping and caravan sites. Day visitors are welcome by arrangement.
GPS coordinates: -33.661519, 21.774296
5. Warmwaterberg Spa, Western Cape
Warmwaterberg Spa is a mineral spring high up on the foothills of the Warmwaterberg Mountain between Barrydale and Ladismith. The spa is set on a 600 hectare property and boasts a restaurant, bar, bottle store, and small kiosk. Visitors can make use of the mineral facilities, including two hot pools at 44˚C, one cold pool, and private Roman baths, all filled with fresh water from the artesian spring. Its isolation makes the property fantastic for star gazing! Accommodation is available in The Bath House, Main House, timber chalets, caravan rentals, and caravan and camping sites. Day visitors are welcome from 08h00 – 17h00.
GPS coordinates: -33.765470, 20.900951
6. A Forever Resort, Limpopo
A Forever Resort Tshipise is a holiday resort at the foot of the famous Tshipise (“something warm”) koppie in Limpopo. The landscape is scattered with giant baobabs, bushwillows, and mopani, and the mineral springs offer a welcome retreat from everyday stress. Facilities include a warm water pool, baby pool, rheumatic bath, as well as bowls, a tennis court, trampoline, kiddies’ play park, putt putt course, and volleyball net. Accommodation is available in self-catering rondavels and caravan and camping sites. Regretfully, day visitors are not permitted so visitors will have to book accommodation to enjoy the facilities.
GPS coordinates: -22.605681, 30.173858
7. The Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort, KwaZulu-Natal
The Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort is a 550 hectare resort on the Battlefields Route between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Nestled amongst ancient Cambrian granite boulders, you will find a thermal spring with waters reaching between 36˚C – 45˚C at the source. The waters contain healing chlories, sulphates, and carbonates said to help a number of ailments from digestive disorders to insomnia. Facilities include dining venues, super tubes, adventure golf, table tennis, squash and tennis courts, pool tables, obstacle course, and a trampoline. The wellness centre has a sauna, plunge pool, two Jacuzzis, two steam rooms, a 24 jet hydrotherapy bath, a gym, and juice bar. Accommodation is offered in en-suite rooms and self-catering units.
GPS coordinates: -27.527448, 30.866747
8. Montagu Springs, Western Cape
Montagu Springs can be found along Route 62 in Montagu, Western Cape, and is ideal for those wishing to stay over at the resort. The water flows naturally from a fissure in the rock face in a cavern 5m underground, and temperatures reach the surface at 43˚C. Facilities include various heated pools, 3 cool pools, and kiddies’ pools. There are also 3 tennis courts, kiddies’ play park, a riverside picnic area, bikes and pedal bikes for hire, an aviary with daily bird feeding, tractor rides, and more. Accommodation is offered in a variety of chalets and villas. Day visitors are welcome at neighbouring Avalon Springs from 08h00 – 22h00.
GPS coordinates: -33.765674, 20.117599
9. Caledon Spa, Western Cape
The Caledon Hot Spring is found within the Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa complex in Caledon, Western Cape. The mineral rich hot springs produce over a million litres of waters a day and reach a scorching 65˚C at the source. Facilities include a Victorian bath house, lap pool, Zen garden, Jacuzzi, spa gym, sauna, steam room, spa treatments, Fridgedarium pool, Swiss shower, and coffee bar. There are also 3 different restaurants, various sports facilities, a crèche, games arcade, and movie room. Day visitors are accommodated between 09h00 – 18h00.
GPS coordinates: -34.224430, 19.436804.
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