REVIEW: Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort
Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs & Leisure Resort is situated between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg and is nestled in between the Cambrian granite boulders of the Bivane River. This resort will definitely make you feel like you are tucked far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
A Durbanite family of three (mom, dad and a 1 year old) sought a family friendly and fun destination that would cater for all the diverse needs a young family and Gooderson Natal Spa delivered!
We left Durban at 1:30pm and the family holiday begun.
The drive was scenic with not much to stop for on the way, except for speed traps and we so arrived at the resort around 5:45pm.
We were greeted at reception by Christina, who was very friendly and helpful and were offered fresh juice or water. The check in process was quick and smooth and soon we were making our way to our room. Xolani was a saving grace and helped us with the truck load of bags we had (we all know travelling with a toddler is not “travelling light”).
With all the “stuff” we had we were worried about space in the room, however when we got to our Superior room (room number 207) the worries melted away. Our room was so spacious with two double beds, a seating area and extra space for the camp cot. Then we opened the doors to the balcony… and WOW… the view of the gardens, pools, valley and the river was incredible. At that point we knew we were going to have a spectacular weekend.
After settling in to our room, we then went down to the dining room for the amazing buffet dinner which had wide variety of options to choose from.
Off to an early start the next morning (toddler wake-up call), we took a walk around resort and were greeted by many very tame dassies, rabbits and guinea fowl. The staff were also all up and getting ready for the guests and the day’s activities.
There is quite a deep history to Natal Spa if you are a bit of a history buff, there’s no shortage of history documented on the walls of the resort. From the San People (and bushman paintings on one of the rocks) and the legend of the big black snake to Oom Piet Wessels. I even found out that our granny went on honeymoon there!
Later that morning I went on the quad bike adventure. There was so much to see and I was even lucky enough to view all kinds of game on the neighbouring game farm. The quad bike course was not too technical and so can be enjoyed by all ages, which I would highly recommend.
We spent the rest of the day pool hopping in the hot spring pools. They have pools of many varying temperatures – hot to cold pools and even an undercover pool that echoes! When our 1 year old realised the echo that the dome shaped roof made he went nuts listening to himself smash the water and shouting.
The Flight of the Eagle – The Zipline was the official name of the zipline that runs over the river. Wandisa and Linda are the two guys that run it, who are extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly. They went out of their way to find a pair of sunglasses that went astray on the second flight, in a field of long grass and bush and the sunglasses were returned to us with a massive sense of achievement.
The zipline itself is no small zipline either with over 370m in length and 50m in height, this really is an activity for the “adrenaline junkies”. The views from the zipline halfway stop are amazing and Wandisa and Linda even gave some history of the resort and information about the fauna and flora. I would definitely suggest doing the zipline at least once, just secure your sunglasses before leaving the platforms.
A few more of the activities and amenities available at the resort: Supertube, Archery, Horse Riding, Adventure Golf, Fishing, Wellness Centre, Table Tennis, Tennis, Squash, Pool Tables, Volleyball, Guided Bird Walk, Paintball Arena, BMX Track/Mountain Bike Trail and Bike Hire.
With a wide range accommodation options from self-catering chalets to the amazing superior room with dinner bed and breakfast there is something for all budgets and family sizes. They also offer 30 camping and caravan stands, all with water and electricity and braai facilities on the stands. There are also 2 sets of ablutions and kitchen blocks at each end of the camping grounds.
There is something for everyone at Gooderson Natal Spa Hot Springs and Leisure Resort! If it is relaxation in beautiful hot pools tucked away in the banks of a scenic river and amazing service, then this resort is for you. It’s also a great venue for a company team building getaway with conference facilities or if you’re looking for a fun family holiday with adventure around every corner then you should definitely pay a visit.