In the 1800s this land was occupied by the “San” people, who believed that the Hot Springs were created by a huge angry black snake that lived underground.
In 1888, Oom Piet made a startling discovery whilst paddling around in the river during a stopover at the halfway point on the Great Trek between South Africa and the then Lourenco Marques. To isolate the warm spots he’d found, sandbags were strategically placed in the river, paving the way for the creation of five hot and four cold pools which are enjoyed to this day by guests at the Natal Spa.
In 1894 the Natal Spa Hot Springs were born when Oom Piet bought the farm through which this warm river flowed with a little help from his boss, General Smuts. It soon became a centre for recreation. During the Boer war in the 1900s, soldiers used one of the rocks on the far side of the river for target practice. In 1936, the first enclosed pool was built.
Around 1950, Professor Rindl of Bloemfontein, took it upon himself to find out more about these amazing waters.
This is what he discovered:
The water temperatures vary between 34˚ and 44˚.
The waters are highly Alkaline an contains lots of Iron, Sulphur and anti-oxidants.
The pools have been known to help with the following disorders:
Acid Dyspepsia, Billary Catarrh, Constipation, Digestive Disorders, Fibrositis, Gastric Disorders, Gout, Rheumatism, Insomnia, Gravel, Liver Disorders, Uric and Urinary troubles and Blood Circulation.
Professor Rindl also discovered that the waters contain the following minerals and chemcials: