Riemvasmaak Hot Springs 


The Riemvasmaak Hot Springs are located in a deep ravine bordered by 80m-high granite cliffs, north of the Augrabies Falls, about 60km from the small Northern Cape town of Kakamas.

The area known as Riemvasmaak spans 75 000ha of rugged and remote desert-mountain wilderness between the Orange and Molopo rivers and is very remote – it’s an area known for its rugged wilderness.

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 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.

Other than the natural hot springs, tourists are drawn to Riemvasmaak by its 4×4 trails and scenic hiking trails.

Under apartheid policies during the 1960s, the inhabitants of Riemvasmaak were split up and forcibly relocated to areas a long distance away, while their lands were taken by the then-South African Defence Force for use as a military training ground.

After democracy in 1994, the Riemvasmaakers reclaimed their lands, making history by lodging the first land-restitution case in the new South Africa.

Phone: +27 73 383 8812

More Activities


Please ask at the reception for brochures and information on activities such as:

  • Bike rentals 0.6 miles / 0.96 km.
  • Biking trail 46.8 miles / 75 km.
  • Boating 11.5 miles / 18 km.
  • Fly-fishing 1.6 miles /
  • Hiking 57.5 miles / 2.5 km.
  • Horseback riding 55.6 miles / 90 km.
  • Hunting 55.6 miles / 90 km.
  • Jet-skiing 11.5 miles / 18.5 km.
  • Jogging/fitness trail 1.9 miles / 3 km.
  • Kayaking 11.5 miles / 18.5 km.
  • Mountain biking, trail 46.8 miles /
  • River rafting 11.5 miles / 75 km.
  • Water-skiing 11.5 miles / 18.5 km.
  • Tennis 0.6 miles / 0.96 km.

Kalahari Tours


Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park & Surrounding Areas Tours

Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park covers an area of 37 000 square km park, which is one of the largest conservation areas in the world and one of the last truly unspoilt ecosystems.

Endemic game such as gemsbok, springbok, eland, giraffe, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest roam the sparsely vegetated red sand dunes and the dry river valleys of the Nossob and Auob where a variety of acacia species thrive.

The Park is well known for good sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah and spotted – and brown hyena are common residents. Because of an abundance of prey in the form of mice, whistling rats, birds and insects, smaller predators thrive in the park. The park is home to caracal, honey badger, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, cape fox, African wildcat, mongoose and the ever-popular suricate (meerkat).

Kgalagadi is a bird watcher’s paradise with more than 300 species recorded including at least 20 larger raptor species. The world’s heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard and the stately secretary bird patrol the riverbeds while the noisy northern black korhaan rule in the dunes.
Kgalagadi offers various accommodation options ranging from exclusive Wilderness Camps to the traditional camps with good quality chalet accommodation and from well equipped campsites to camping on 4×4 trails in remote areas with little or no facilities A visit to Kgalagadi can be combined with a visit to surrounding areas including Augrabies Falls National Park and Mokala National Park. These unique ecosystems are better to be experienced with a personalized and knowledgeable guide, who can bring out the best these areas have to offer.


TEL/FAX: + 27 (0) 54 3380375 | FAX: 086 6000827 (SA only)
CELL: + 27 (0) 82 4935041 | dantes@kalahari-tours.co.za


Naftali is situated in the Kanoneiland area 25km outside Upington.
Celebrate your wedding day in the tranquil setting of Naftali Estate’s vineyards, rose and herb gardens & river views.
Romance will lead you down paths you never know existed.

For reservations please contact:

Surine Bezuidenhout: 082 492 4669
Tel: 054 491 9016 / 9000
Fax: 054 491 9001

25km from Upington en-rout to Keimoes
15km from Keimoes on -to Upington
For directions please click on our map

Augrabies Hot Air Ballooning


This great adventure keeps it real while offering an exclusive adventure along the lower Orange River Valley at Augrabies. Taking in the extensive vineyards and their lifeblood, the magnificent Orange River, we soar above this rugged landscape anticipating a long fetch or an extended recovery and take what the winds have to offer. whatever the destination, the result is fantastic. Hot air ballooning SA – Augrabies. Ballooning the Orange River in flood above Augrabies Falls. Contact us if you would like to share in the pioneering days of this product. Standard balloon flights are available as well as longer, more adventurous flights.



Contact Person Andrew Hockly
Telephone 0798889502
Alternative Number 0725156079
Email Address Info@BalloonScape.co.za
Website Address http://www.BalloonScape.co.za
Physical Address Augrabies

Orange River


The Orange River (Afrikaans/DutchOranjerivier) is the longest river in South Africa. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, flowing westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. The river forms part of the international borders between South Africa and Namibia and between South Africa and Lesotho, as well as several provincial borders within South Africa. Except for Upington, it does not pass through any major cities. The Orange River plays an important role in the South African economy by providing water for irrigation, as well as hydroelectric power.

Tata Ma Tata Day Tours


Tata Ma Tata Tours is a tour operator based in Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa. TATA MA TATA offers guided tours to all Northern Cape National parks and Nature Reserves.

We specialise in the Kgalagadi Transfronteir park where any special interests of clients can be accommodate, in a Malaria free area! Come and experience real peace and hospitality, where no two visits are the same. Where you can see endless horizons, unspoiled eco-systems with uncountable surprises! TATA MA TATA have liability insurances at SATIB in place and are committed to solving your holiday problems by service excellence. That is thus our Motto:

“Solving your problems”

Our guides will not only guide you, but they will share with you the many secrets of the Kalahari. We at TATA MA TATA are committed to make any visit to our beautiful province a memorable unforgettable one. All our tours start and end in Upington. SA-Airlink offers daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Upington. Rented vehicles are available from various rental companies in Upington.

So Why choose us, TATA MA TATA?

We are regional specialists. We offer unique itineraries that guarantee lifetime experiences like camping, 4×4 trails, river rafting, quad biking, game driving, wine tasting etc.

We look forward to see and welcome you in the Northern Cape, Land of Real Contrasts – with mystical sunsets, red Kalahari sand dunes and uncluttered horizons.

A place as real as those who choose to explore it – Northern Cape, South Africa.


Tour Bookings

Cell: +27(0)82 535 8830
Tel: +27(0)54 339 1112
Email1: edsmith2@webmail.co.za
Email2: info@tatamatata.co.za