Gauteng’s Natural Hot Springs: Relaxing Spots for Thermal Baths and Spa Days

A woman relaxing in a natural hot spring

Natural hot springs are a wonderful way to relax and enjoy some health benefits. These hot springs have water that is naturally heated and full of minerals that can help you rejuvinate. 

Emanzini Country Resort

Emanzini Country Resort is in Bronkhorstspruit, about 50 kilometres east of Pretoria. The resort is calm and surrounded by nature, making it the perfect place for a weekend break. The thermal pools at Emanzini are rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are good for your health. The pools are usually between 34-38°C, just right for a soothing bath.

At Emanzini, you can:

  • Swim in the warm thermal pools.
  • Take nature walks and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • Stay in comfortable chalets or camp in the beautiful setting.
  • Enjoy a picnic or use the braai (barbecue) facilities for a fun outdoor meal.

Buffelspoort Valley

Buffelspoort Valley is a great spot for a day trip with a lovely drive. The hot mineral springs in Buffelspoort are in a beautiful valley with loads of greenery. The water is full of minerals that can help relieve stress and muscle pain, making it a perfect place to relax.

In Buffelspoort Valley, you can:

  • Swim in the natural hot springs.
  • Hike trails and watch birds.
  • Have a picnic at one of the picnic spots.
  • Use the braai areas and let the kids play in the playgrounds.

Dinokeng Game Reserve and Leeuwenkloof Hot Springs

Dinokeng Game Reserve is north of Pretoria and easy to get to from Gauteng. The reserve is home to the Big Five animals and offers both wildlife experiences and relaxation. Inside the reserve, Leeuwenkloof Hot Springs offers a mix of wildlife and wellness. 

In Dinokeng, you can:

  • Go on game drives or guided walks to see the animals.
  • Watch birds in their natural habitat.
  • Relax in the hot springs after a day of exploring.
A picture of a safari vehicle while guests are on a guided safari tour

Bass Lake Adventures

Bass Lake Adventures is near Johannesburg, in Henley on Klip. It’s a former quarry that is now a natural spring-fed lake, offering a unique setting. One of the main attractions at Bass Lake is warm water diving. The lake’s clear, warm waters are great for scuba diving, snorkelling, and swimming.

At Bass Lake Adventures, you can also:

  • Fish are in the lake.
  • Kayak and hike around the area.
  • Have a picnic or use the braai spots.
  • Rent diving equipment if you need it.

Gauteng’s natural hot springs offer a range of experiences, from relaxing spa days to adventurous activities. Places like Emanzini Country Resort, Buffelspoort Valley, Dinokeng Game Reserve, and Bass Lake Adventures each have something special to offer.

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