Aliwal North, Northern Ukhahlamba
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Aliwal North is a small, largely unknown town - aside from its two hot mineral springs that have extremely high concentrations of minerals and gases and formed part of the reason for the town’s development. That and the fact that the town lies right on a strategic ford on the Orange River, probably the main reason for the development of a railway from East London, that catapulted the town into rapid development as a commercial centre for the British colony.
Aliwal North lies on the border between the Free State and Eastern Cape. Both provinces regard it as theirs, whilst the town feels bound by neither. Today the town is mainly a farming community, producing wool, maize, wheat, beef and dairy, and the Orange River is now known as the Gariep. The town’s mineral springs continue to draw visitors and the Spa Holiday resort produces water at around 34 degrees in their indoor and outdoor pools, said to have curative qualities, particularly for illnesses like rheumatism and arthritis.
There are a number of historical buildings in Aliwal North worth a visit, including the Kerkplein Museum and the Garden of Remembrance, which includes a British blockhouse. The Buffelspruit Nature Reserve lies close by and gives you access to a rich collection of antelope, buffalo and some striking grassland scenery.
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"There aren't alot of touristy things to do in Aliwal North, but the hot springs are really cool! ..." - Megan, Ladysmith
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Aliwal North Hot Springs
Aliwal North is famous for its Hot springs. The spa has large thermal pools, including two for children, as well as saunas, a gym and a treatment block with amenities for invalids. Water sports are popular on the Island where 27 waterfowl species have been recorded.
The Oviston Nature reserve lies close to the little Karoo towns of Venterstad and Oviston roughly two hours’ drive from Bloemfontein. That it is in the Karoo should impart the potential for blinding hot summer days, but along with this slight discomfort come crisp, cool evenings, extraordinary sunsets (apparently due to ... more information
Tussen die Riviere Game Reserve is one of the most accessible game reserves in the Free State. Situated in Bethuli, you can get there from Bloemfontein, Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape and Springfontein along the N1 and the reserve is exactly as its name suggests - it lies at the confluence or 'between' two rivers, in this ... more information
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