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The tiny town of Caledon may be small in stature, but it is one of the Western Cape's most popular holiday destinations. With a terrific location that puts it approximately 110km out from Cape Town, Caledon is immensely beautiful with its scintillating aesthetic appeal exuding an idyllic and serene ambience throughout the entire area. With the majestic Swartberg Mountains hovering dramatically in the background, Caledon's natural splendour is further enhanced and makes it one of the province's most beautiful towns.
When travellers think Caledon, they immediately think about the hot springs that were first discovered by the indigenous Khoi-Khoi people before the early European settlers discovered them too. The hot springs are the main draw card for the area and not only because of its accompanying recreational value; these hot springs were found to be rich in iron and had healing powers attributed to them causing the Europeans to open a sick house and a sanatorium, which was later destroyed by fire. There are 7 springs, one which is cold and the other 6 that are thermal and heated by coming into to contact with rocks buried deep under the ground and the resulting pressure that is exerted on them. Interestingly enough, the Caledon springs were found to be free of any organic matter and was accordingly awarded the top prize at the Chicago World Fair in 1893 for having the world's highest quality mineral spring water.
Visitors to Caledon though, do not have to just spend their time at the hot springs as there is more than enough to do in and around this picturesque town. During spring, the Caledon escarpment is transformed into a magical blanket of rare and indigenous wild flowers that can only be described as breathtaking and riveting while the nature reserve allows visitors to further enjoy the many pleasures of Mother Nature.