Warmbaths Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt

Warmbaths Things to Do

  • All this and a wave pool too!

    (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...

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  • Water slides + warm water = winning...

    (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...

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  • Inflatable rides are free!

    (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),...

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  • Where kid are kids, and adults are kids...

    (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,...

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  • Wallowing in Warmbaths!

    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...

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  • The stunning statue that nobody sees

    (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...

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  • Gamespotting on horseback is a must!

    (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...

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  • An unexpectedly good game reserve

    (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...

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  • De Wildt wilddogs

    Not a very pretty animal in my book, but I am sure that they serve a purpose. their numbers are dwindling so we need to protect them

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  • Meeting the cheetah's

    We visited De Wildt Shingwedzi reserve which was approx 25km from us. This farm is used for cheetah research and also for giving a home to wild animals that have been caught in traps. they try and rehabilitate where possible and set them free again.

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  • Fish eagle

    I was so lucky to catch this guy just before he flew off again. We spotted him driving past the one dam, but he was not interested in having his photo taken and becoming world famous.

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  • When the lions feed

    Probably one of the best experiences you can ask for is to see lions feeding. Not for everyone I will admitt, but if you are into wildlife photography, then this is a great experience.

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  • Hippo alert!!!!

    We decided to do a drive by ourselves as we heard some hippos early that morning not far from our chalet and wanted to investigate. We were right, they were at the dam just down the road from us.

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  • Loerie

    These three sat there checking us out as if to say ...... we are discussing you and you have no idea what we are saying!

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  • Wild squirel

    I was really lucky to get this photo. The little guy ran across the road and into the tree. Took my some time to spot him and then I was not even sure if I managed to get a photo.

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  • Giraffe's in action

    Something disturbed them, so I managed to get this great action shot. On the second photo you will see that they are putting their heads together and trying to figure out how to fool the humans that are shooting them with the cameras.

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  • McDonalds of the bush

    That is what the game warden called the Impala's. there were many of them on the farm and they all provided for extremely good photoshoots. Nice models to have.

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  • Star gazing

    We were fortunate. We booked for a night ride and the game rangers contacted us to say that there was a gentleman who wanted to look at the stars. He brought his telescope with so we saw the most fantastic stars that you cannot imagine is up there.

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  • Tinktinkie farm stall

    What a pleasure to walk into this place. From the moment you stop they have created a feast for the eye. Selling all kinds of interesting preserves and statues, you are bound to find something here to your liking.

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  • Soli Deo Gloria

    This was a very interesting shop selling some fantastic wooden bulky furniture and lots of other interesting tit bits.

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  • Jisreel Kwekery

    This was a lovely nursery to visit. The plants were so healthy looking and displayed in a very inviting way. unfortunately the teagarden was closed, but the lovely lady did offer us some nice cold water.

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Warmbaths Restaurants

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    by mvtouring Written Aug 22, 2009

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    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.

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Warmbaths Nightlife

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    by mvtouring Written Aug 22, 2009

    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.

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Warmbaths Shopping

  • Fountains and garden statues

    You have to stop here and admire what this man produces. Some great fountains and lovely creatures to enhance your garden. Hope you have lots of space to pack the stuff though

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  • Biltong & droe wors

    This place sold the best biltong and droe wors in the area. I really recommend them. The lady was very helpful and encouraged us to sample the wares.

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  • Mother & child

    She stood approx 1.80m tall and unfortunately I am not sure what thye wanted for her. But she was lovely.

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Warmbaths Warnings and Dangers

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    by mvtouring Written Aug 22, 2009

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    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!

    aap se kjend

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