The Riemvasmaak hot springs are located in Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape, South Africa. The hot springs are one of the must-visit hot springs in South Africa. The setting is peaceful and secluded, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Below is all you need to know as you plan your visit to this Northern Cape attraction.
How were the Riemvasmaak hot springs formed?
The Riemvasmaak hot springs were formed from volcanic eruptions that occurred centuries ago.
How to get there
To get there, you will drive on a dirt road all the way to the community of Riemvasmaak. You will need a 4×4 vehicle to get there. This is not just because the road is very bad, but also because of the high temperature. You will find yourself driving through dust storms many times during your journey. It is highly recommended that you go with a guide or someone who has been there before.
Location and directions
The closest airport to the hot springs is Kimberley, and it takes roughly 5 hours to drive there. The closest train station is also in Kimberley, and that will be about 3 hours away by car. The only bus service available goes through Springbok, which means you would need to catch a taxi or hitchhike into Riemvasmaak from there.
To get here from Cape Town, head north on N2 towards Port Elizabeth then take an exit onto R43 East towards Upington/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park/Prieska for about 300 km until you reach the intersection with R410 (signposted Taung). Turn left onto this road and follow it for another 100 km until you reach your destination.
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Riemvasmaak hot springs rates
The hot springs are open 24 hours a day, so if you’re looking for an escape after exploring this beautiful part of South Africa, we welcome you with open arms.
Once you get to Riemvasmaak, you will have to pay a small fee to enter the hot springs.
The money goes towards maintaining the hot springs and is collected by the community of Riemvasmaak. You will also see some other tourists there as well. If you are a South African citizen, then you do not need to pay any fees at all.
Riemvasmaak hot springs
The closest natural hot spring is at the edge of town, about 200 meters from the main road. It’s an open pool where you can swim and soak in the hot water for free without any amenities or showers.
There’s also another natural waterfall nearby where you can swim if you want to take a dip after soaking in the geyser steam bath.
The Riemvasmaak hot springs are a fun day trip. Easily accessible by car, they are great for a family outing and make for a fun day trip for the whole family. The hot springs are open year-round and open to the public on weekends.
Riemvasmaak hot springs chalets
The setting of Riemvasmaak is the most important point to consider when choosing a chalet for your stay. In general, you should look for a location with easy access to water activities and other outdoor pursuits, such as hiking and cycling. A good setting will also include easy access to shops and restaurants so that you don’t have to drive too far if you want to get supplies or eat out.
The Riemvasmaak hot springs chalets are self-catering and have a kitchenette, bathroom, and air-conditioning. You can enjoy the view from your balcony or front yard from your chalet. The chalets also have barbeque facilities.
As you can see, this is a great day trip to the Northern Cape. If you are looking for something to do during your Northern Cape visit, then this is definitely it. It’s also worth noting that there are other hot springs in South Africa as well.
Here are the Riemvasmaak hot springs contact details 073 383 8812.
Photo’s credit: Athi Mtongana