(work in progress)As a Recovering Geologist, I feel duty bound to inform you that nowhere in reasonable geological history has Warmbaths been located anywhere near a coastline.However, the Forever Resort has brought a beachy feel to this recalcitrantly continental part of the world courtesy of its wave pool. Whilst not surfworthy, it offers...more
(work in progress)Water slides are a surefire winner with kids, and one of those happy situations where being a good parent and playing with your kids is absolutely no hardship!There are a couple of spiral water slides, plus some deceptively bumpy conventional slides ... if you're a beginner, start on the curved ones, as the entry speed off the...more
(work in progress)Continuing on the 'vale for money theme', it's a comfort to the parental pocket to realise that all of the slides and inflatable rides at Warmbaths are free.The only things that you'll pay extra for are generally the ones that don't involve the warm water activities, including quad biking, the foefie slide (flying fox/zipline),...more
(work in progress)Being grown up isn't all it's cracked up to be, and sometimes you just need the opportunity to regress to an earlier, simpler time when your sole responsibility was to enjoy yourself.Warmbaths provides just such an opportunity to people of all ages. The pools range from a toddler pool with water about 50cm deep to the main pool,...more
The name of the place is confusing: Warmbad in Afrikaans, Warmbaths in English, and now renamed Bela Bela, which means 'the pot which boils' in Setswana just to completely confuse the unsuspecting traveler. However, there's absolutely no doubt what its major attraction is - yes, you've guessed it - hot water!The Forever Warmbaths Resort has long...more
(work in progress)For fear of stating the obvious, Bela Bela wouldn't be Warmbaths without the hot spring that supplies geothermal water to the complex.22 000 litres of water an hour gushes to surface at a scaldingly hot 52 °C, and is mixed with cold water to supply water to the pools at a comfortable temperature of 32 °C (roughly bathwater...more
(work in progress)I often used to go game spotting on horseback in the 90s when I used to visit Zimbabwe regularly, but it's years since I've been able to do this. So when the opportunity presented itself for me to do this with my horsemad, animal mad daughter, I jumped at the chance, and soon realised how much I'd missed it.Gamespotting in any...more
(work in progress)I've been visiting Warmbaths a couple of times a year for the last five years and it was only on my Big Birthday Visit that we ventured into the adjacent Ramoswe Game Reserve for the first time.It's unlike us to miss out on any opportunity to visit a game reserve of any time, but this is probably because this was the first time...more
It is really a pity that only visitors to Mabilingwe can visit this spot. It was used for a very famous Castrol add that ran for a number of years here in South Africa and was extremely popular with the public.
One of the best ways to spend your evening is to go and watch animals in my book. Just dress up nice and warm as it could get freezing.
Be aware of the little apes. They look cute as could be, but if you are not careful they will pinch the stuff from your home before you realise what is happening. This little cute guy decided to help himself to our chocolates!