We aimed at getting away from the cold Cape winter rain and took the drive out to the Small Karoo for a blitz camping weekend. One can almost always be guaranteed of superb weather out that way but of course, as we were to find out – it actually does rain some, even in the Karoo!
Warmwaterberg Spa is situated on Route 62 – a popular motor cycle route. From Cape Town — drive via Robertson to Ashton — I like to stop off at the wine boutique – they always have some bargain of not too bad tasting wines. Continue past Montagu and stop for lunch at The Country Pumpkin in Barrydale. This is the most beautiful restaurant with fantastic South African dishes and burgers with a difference. The toasted sandwiches come with fried slivers of butternut…mmm. For those who are more thirsty than hungry – visit the world famous Ronnie’s Sex Shop a few kilometres out of Barrydale and just to the right before the turn off to Warmwaterberg Spa.
This popular spa with its healing, natural springs of hot water was used as a conservatorium in the old days. There is an old farm house with rooms to rent with own (separate) “Roman bath”. Now do not be fooled (like we were first time around)…there is noting grand about these baths. We had the picture of this beautifully tiled and majestic “Cleopatra-style” baths. It is nothing like that. The baths were built at the turn of the century and has the same grey paint they used in those old days. The baths and passageways smell of Jay’s fluid. It takes some getting used to but the water is very soothing and relaxing.
The camp sites are spacious, green and well maintained with beautiful trees all around. One can also hire one of a number of older or wooden houses. The ablution blocks and shared baths are clean and neat. The camp site has three pools – one cold and two hot and VERY HOT. This is the main attraction for most people. Lazing in these pools, summer or winter, certainly has a majestic quality about it. Your skin feels smooth and alive once you’ve been in.
The camp sites are very safe for younger children with many places to “explore”. Pea-cocks and chickens walk freely amongst the campers making for beautiful photos. There are also two resident cats; the ginger one crept in our tent with us to sleep! On Saturday we braved one of the two hiking /mountain biking trails. We took some great pictures. Then we settled down to a good old South African braai.
Sunday morning we woke up to rain! We packed up but vowed to be back soon.
|Warmwaterberg Spa, Barrydale|
|Tel no||(028) 572 1609||G.P.S.||S33.76579 E 20.90040|
|Fax||(028) 572 1769||Website||Click Here|
|Nearest Town||Barrydale||Max Persons||Six|
|Distance from Town||31 km, 28 minutes||Chalets/Cottages||Yes|
|Shop with basics||Yes||Brochure|
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