Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort

Words and photography Brian Jefferies

Recently absorbed into the Gooderson Leisure group of resorts, Natal Spa has been upgraded and spruced up, making it a worthwhile holiday spot for caravaners travelling in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure ResortI had been told about the recent improvements made to Natal Spa 
since Gooderson Leisure took over the resort, so I decided to head there to see for myself.

The resort is on the historic Battlefields Route, 35 km from Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal, in 800 acres of beautiful KZN bushveld. It has access to the Bivane River, which runs right through the property, making a lovely setting. A lot of work had been done on the gardens and lush lawns, and they were looking particularly inviting when I arrived at the resort.

The park has 32 caravan stands, all with 220 V. There are baths and showers in both ladies’ and gents’ ablutions, which are 
cleaned daily.

Caravaners have full use of the hotel facilities, which include swimming pools, the hot mineral water pools (seven in total) with their invigorating healing qualities, horse riding, squash, tennis, volleyball, birding (nearly a hundred species of birds have been identified in the area, including a breeding pair of crowned eagles), a 110-metre supertube, quad bikes, mountain bike trails, fishing, and a games room with pool tables, dartboard and table tennis. There’s also a beauty spa and wellness centre at the resort. A recent addition is a putt-putt course, which is great way for families to spend time together. And if you feel like exploring, there are also four demarcated hiking trails.

Aside from the caravan park, the spa has 60 large, comfortable, furnished en-suite bedrooms, and an à la carte restaurant, where caravaners are more than welcome to dine if they don’t feel like cooking. Also, the famous Raptors Restaurant bar is open to all to enjoy ice-cold refreshments. The resort has 12 timeshare units and 23 self-catering units. During our stay I chatted to a camper who’d grown up in the area and had been visiting the resort for many years. He commented that he’d seen the resort go through all its ups and downs over the years, but was very impressed with all the recent upgrades and improvements by Gooderson Leisure.

So if you’re travelling through the area, and you’re looking for a spot with a range of activities, clean ablutions and, of course, hot mineral pools to ease weary bodies, be sure to book your stay here.


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