Located in Northern Cape’s Kakams town and between the mighty Orange and Molopo rivers near the boarder of Namibia, Riemvasmaak covers a large area of the Province and has imposing mountains, extensive desert plains as well as miles of unspoiled wilderness. Dating back millions of years, Riemvasmaak is a place of haunting beauty.
Here you will find the Riemvasmaak Hot Springs, which invites visitors to relax in the natural wonder of these therapeutic waters. Cliff faces surround the springs, towering 80m above, and two swimming pools have been constructed at the springs to enjoy.
The Riemvasmaak Hot Springs are the product of volcanic eruptions. Though these have long since ceased, deep underground activity still heats the waters of these springs. The space in which the two pools are situated is made up of magnificent, lunar-like surroundings; unique vegetation that is marked by indigenous camel thorn and shepherd’s trees; and wildlife that includes creatures from hyraxes (also known as dassies) to antelope and baboon. Raptors such as the Verreaux’s and fish eagle breed here, while pale-winged starlings are prolific.
Accommodation is available in cleverly designed self-catering chalets that blend into the rocky surrounds and offer great views. Once without electricity, they are now equipped with power and hot water, but visitors are advised to bring drinking water, food and towels. Arrangements can be made at the local tourism office for meals. One can also arrange to have a meal at a local home and spend time with the people of Riemvasmaak Village.