Introducing Badplaas

04 June 2015 by Katy Johnson

The resort town of Badplaas is nestled invitingly at the foot of the Ndlumudlumu Mountains just 3 hours from Johannesburg via the N17 & R38 or a little over an hour from Nelspruit via the R40 and R38. Badplaas provides the ideal weekend getaway, especially for those looking to escape the cold Gauteng winter.

Badplaas’ hot sulphur springs, that spurt out 30,000 litres of hot ‘healing’ water an hour, have been drawing tourists to the town since the Gold Rush days. In those days it was miners flocking to Badplaas over the weekend to relieve their weary bodies in the springs. Now the springs are part of the Badplaas Forever Resort, drawing tourists from all over the world. The Resort offers a lot more than just a healing dip. Here you can enjoy hydro spa treatments, super tubes, speed slides, river rapids, tree walking trails, fishing dams, pony rides, game drives, hiking routes, quad biking trails and so much more!

For bird lovers Badplaas’ rich bird life makes it a birding must. As it is home to the  Olive Bush-Shrike, Malachite Sunbird, Trumpeter Hornbill and Knysna Lourie to name but a few. While just a stone’s throw away along the R38 (towards Barberton) is a host of other attractions that will keep you coming back to Badplaas for more. Come face to face with predators from across the globe on a feeding drive at the Cradle of Life. Learn how to scuba dive in a rehabilitated mine at Komati Springs. Or enjoy a night aboard a house boat or a braai (BBQ) afloat on a picnic boat at Vygeboom dam.

Badplaas truly is the ‘full package’. There is something for everyone, providing fun for all the family! It is a place where you can unwind, explore, dive into the unknown and submerge yourself in nature. So what are you waiting for…