This town is situated on the famous Orange River and is the centre of a prosperous farming community whose main products are wool, maize, wheat, beef and dairy.
The town’s principle assets are two popular hot mineral springs. A series of mineral springs produce water at a temperature of around 34℃.
How to get there
Follow the R56 from Middelburg through to Molteno. From Molteno take the R391 and R58, (Odometer 121km) or take the R56 via the N6 through to Aliwal North, (Odometer 128km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg through to Elliot, then take the R58 up through to Aliwal North, (Odometer 646km).
Self-drive would be best.
Where to Stay
From Hotels to a Lodge through to chalets, B&B’s and Guest houses why not check out N6 Guest Lodge, or Umtali Country Inn, the Nest B&B or Queens Terrace B&B. Other options include the La Riviera Guesthouse & Spa, Fish Eagle Spa, Welgemoed Chalets, Riverside Lodge, Saddle Down Lodge, Orangia Game Lodge and Whittals Chalets.
Where to Eat
If you get tired of good, hearty, country dishes, yes there’s always the fast food joints such as KFC and a Wimpy for a quick meal. Known for its’ superb breakfasts and light lunches, Stables Coffee Shop is a must visit. Enjoy mouth-watering cuisine at the Orange Gecko Restaurant or for that hearty meal and refreshing beer in the early afternoons and evenings try the Riverside Lodge Pub and Grill.