The Riemvasmaak Hot Springs is one of the Northern Cape’s prime attractions. It is located north of the Augrabies Falls, about 60km from the small town of Kakamas.
Best time to visit
With the winter nearing its end, the month of August is one of the best times to visit. You can spend a weekend relaxing in the natural spring waters, surrounded by the most spectacular scenery.
How did the hot springs originate?
The hot springs are the result of volcanic eruptions. Though these are no longer active, the underground activity still heats the waters of the spring and provides the most glorious warm water swimming pools.
What else is there to see and do?
Riemvasmaak Hot Springs is situated in a deep ravine bordered by 80m-high granite cliffs, which is spectacular to see.
The vegetation is unique and is marked by indigenous camel thorn and shepherd’s trees. It is home to a variety of wildlife creatures from hyraxes ((also known as ‘dassies’) to antelope, baboons as well as raptors.
This is the place where the fish eagle breeds, while pale-winged starlings are prolific.
Other than the natural hot springs, tourists are drawn to Riemvasmaak by its 4×4 trails and scenic hiking trails. You can also visit the Augrabies Falls, where the Orange River thunders down a 60m waterfall.
Accommodation and facilities
There is accommodation available in the form of self-catering chalets that blend into the rocky surrounds and offer great views. They are equipped with power and hot water. Visitors are advised to bring drinking water, food and towels.
If you want a cultural experience, the community at Riemvasmaak can prepare a traditional meal in one of their homes. ( This need to be organised in advance).
For the rest, this is your chance to indulge in South Africa’s favourite pastime: the braai (barbecue).
How to get there
From Upington take the N14 towards Keimoes and then Kakamas. It is well signposted. The distance is just over 100km, and should take around one to two hours.