Warmwaterberg is located east of Barrydale on the R62, and makes a great overnight stopping place for a leisurely and more interesting journey to the Garden Route from Cape Town than the direct (and a bit dull) N2. (Suggest the R45 route through Franschhoek up to Worcester, along the R60 / R62 to Oudtshoorn and drop down through the Outeniqua pass into George)
Although mainly a camping site, several wooden cabins can be rented, and there is some further accommodation available in the main house. We stayed in one of the inexpensive cabins - fairly basic and spartan, but featured a well equipped kitchen.
The main attraction of Warmwaterberg is that it is built on the site of natural hot springs, and there are three swimming pools of differing temperatures for you to relax in and soak away the dust of your journey through the arid valleys of R62. Don't forget your trunks!
There is a restaurant on-site which has beautiful views across the Little Karoo to the mountains beyond, and serves simple but delicious home made food at amazingly reasonable prices. At the time of writing, a bottle of wine from the restaurant is less than £3 - it'd be more expensive to bring your own!
Its remote location off the beaten track and away from any population centres also means that if you are blessed with a clear night the view of the stars is quite spectacular, with the dust clouds in the Milky Way being very visible.
In summary then, we greatly enjoyed our overnight stay here and swim in the hot springs, and would further recommend the restaurant even if you were just passing through - it's a lovely spot to eat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Warmwaterberg Spa is a hot mineral spring situated between Barrydale and Ladismith on the R62 from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn. The spa offers self catering accommodation in old farm house buildings dating back to the 19th century, timber chalets sleeping 4 – 8 persons and some parked caravans. The kiosk is stocked with basic provisions and the bottle store stocks local wines. The Lapa has a restaurant offering country fare and a bar. There are three outdoor pools, two hot and one cold. The temperature in the pools varies from 25 to 42 degrees C. For those who would like to explore the vast outdoors, there is a hiking trail on the property as well as drives to nearby mountains and town. Here we offer you country hospitality at a slow pace, tranquility, wide open spaces and steaming hot water to restore body, mind and soul. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Warmwaterberg Hotel Barrydale