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Swimmingly Satisfying Heated Pools and Natural Springs You Need to Try This Winter

Swimming doesn’t need to be a summer activity!

Autumn is here, but that doesn’t mean we need to give up on taking a dip. Warm up with our list of the best heated pools and natural springs in and around Cape Town.

HEATED POOLS AND NATURAL SPRINGS IN AND AROUND CAPE TOWN

THE BATHS HOT SPRINGS IN CITRUSDAL

Located only two hours from the city, The Baths, along with a heated and unheated swimming pool, boast some of the most secluded springs on this list. Their rock pools are hidden up in the mountain, framed by trees and surrounded by natural waterfalls. This place is a favourite for weekend travellers so make sure you book your spot in a little piece of paradise well in advance.
Distance from Cape Town: 2 hours 20 minutes
Price: Costs vary according to type of rental. Rates are between R40 – R1100/p

 

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Citrusdal | +27 (0)22 921 8026 | www.thebaths.co.za | [email protected]

WARMWATERBERG SPA NEAR BARRYDALE
Located along Route 62, between Barrydale and Ladismith, Warmwaterberg Spa is another natural spring you’ve got to dip your toes into this colder season. Their chalets are homely and warm – perfect for the winter months. Warmwaterberg Spa pride themselves on the presence of hot water, and the ideal opportunity for a mid-winter swim.
Distance from Cape Town: 3 hours 20 minutes
Price: Costs vary depending on the type of rental. Self-catering rates are between R550 – R1400/p. Camping prices are between R50 - R600/p

Route 62 | +27 (0)28 572 1609 | www.warmwaterbergspa.co.za | [email protected]  

THE CALEDON HOTEL AND SPA IN CALEDON
To most people, the Overberg town of Caledon is en route to the Garden Route, but it’s also home to a large number of mineral springs. These pools are charged with iron, calcium, magnesium, sulphate, sodium and more, making for a mineral-charged bath out in nature. The springs steam up at about 65 degrees celsius, and they have a very distinctive brown colour, due to the high iron content.
Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prices: R165/p

Nerina Street, Caledon | +27 (0)28 214 5100 | www.tsogosun.com | [email protected]  

AVALON SPRINGS HOTEL AND SPA IN MONTAGU
The Avalon Springs Hotel and Spa in Montagu have a very definitive historical link; on some of the rock faces near the springs there are Khoi paintings, showing us that this area has been used for hundreds of years. The crystal-clear water reaches temperatures of around 43 degrees celsius, though this tends to vary from pool to pool (it’s dependent on factors like the size of the pool).
Distance from Cape Town: 2 hours 40 minutes
Price: Between R60 – R135/p
Uitvlucht Street, Montagu | +27 (0)23 614 1150 | www.avalonsprings.co.za |  [email protected]

MONTAGU SPRINGS RESORT IN MONTAGU
Montagu is a hotspot for hot springs, and this resort boasts some awesome self-catering accommodation in the form of chalets and villas. Along with the hot springs, the Montagu Springs Resort also has hot and cold swimming pools, as well as a pool suitable for kids. There are also other activities in the area, like wine farms, a dried fruit farm and a protea farm.
Distance from Cape Town: 2 hours 40 minutes
Price: Costs are dependent on chalet types. They range between R680 – R2090
Uitvlucht Street, Montagu | +27 (0)23 614 1050 | www.montagusprings.co.za | [email protected]

CALITZDORP SPA IN CALITZDORP NEAR OUDTSHOORN
If you’re in search for a place that suits everyone, hit Route 62 and head to Calitzdorp Spa in Calitzdorp, near Oudtshoorn. The resort has plenty to keep everyone entertained, including hiking trails, a game reserve nearby, naturally heated pools, caves (and bush paintings), fishing and various sports facilities. The Roman baths (both indoor and outdoor) are naturally heated and hover at around 30 degrees celsius.
Distance from Cape Town: 5 hours
Price: Day visitor passes are R25
DR1688 Road, Calitzdorp | +27 (0)44 213 3371 | www.calitzdorpspa.co.za

ATKV GOUDINI SPA IN RAWSONVILLE
Rawsonville is only an hour outside of Cape Town, and along with their natural and warm mineral baths ideal for a winter swim, they have a selection of exciting activities. The resort also offers a leisure centre with pool tables, tennis courts, mini golf, trampolines, and horseback riding. Their accommodation options are very diverse; you can check into one of the chalets, apartments or villas, or you can make use of their camping grounds if you prefer to sleep under the stars.
Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour 30 minutes
Price: Daily pass for members is R90/p and R150/p for non-members
Wyzersdrift Road, Rawsonville | +27 (0)23 349 8100 | www.atkvgoudini.caravanparks.co.za

LONG STREET BATHS AND TURKISH STEAM BATH
This 1908 building has been updated so the interior boasts stunning facilities and plenty of space to have fun in the heated water. The Turkish Baths have a sauna, heated mini pools and even massage capabilities. The facility is fully functional, incredibly clean and totally accessible. What's more, is on Tuesdays that baths are open to women only. 
Distance from Cape Town: In the CBD (Corner of Orange and Long Street)
Price: Between R12 – R120/p

Corner Long and Orange Street | +27 (0)21 400 3302 | [email protected]

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