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Warmwa­ter­berg Spa, Barrydale

campingat Warmwaterberg Spa

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.

Happy camp­ing


Warmwa­ter­berg Spa, Barrydale
Con­tact Details
Tel no (028) 572 1609 G.P.S. S33.76579 E 20.90040
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Fax (028) 572 1769 Web­site Click Here
Camp Details
Near­est Town Bar­ry­dale Max Per­sons Six
Dis­tance from Town 31 km, 28 minutes Chalets/​Cottages Yes
Map View Map Elec­tric­ity Yes
Pets Car­a­vans Yes
Shop with basics Yes Brochure
Tips and things to do

These tips will prob­a­bly apply to many camp sites, but this is what we thought should not be forgotten

1. Swim­ming
2. Short hike
3. Moun­tain bik­ing on the dirt roads

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