SA's hottest pools to take a break from summer beach traffic

2015-12-15 14:08 - Sam Smith
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South Africa is amping up its cool-by-the-pool' scene with its growing selection of divine inner city pools and revisiting the country's lesser known natural pools.

Travellers can now enjoy a dip in a rooftop pool with a cocktail bar or a sexy splash in an 'off-the-beaten-track' rock with your best mates this summer. While the beaches are undoubtedly gorgeous - the temperatures along the Atlantic coast are not always favourable to some and the crowds and traffic jams on route to the Indian Ocean beaches often just leave you to die a slow, sweaty, death in your car. 

Batstone Pool, Cape Town 

This chilled out rooftop bar in De Waterkant has a pool on it's deck. Swimmers can swim, suntan and enjoy a cocktail from the bar. 

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Maalgat Rock Pool- Cederberg

A secluded rock pool tucked into the mountains is a sweet release for any zen-seeker. Cool off in the Hippo Pool - it's the best reward after a hike in the Cederberg mountains. 

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CapeNature Groot Winterhoek - Porterville

Clear waters, rugged rock formations and abundant wildlife make this stop off a road-trippers paradise. Travel along the N7 from Cape Town for one and a half hours and take the Cardouw turn off. Among the many things to do in the reserve, a stop at the crystal pools is a must. 

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The Boardwalk Hotel, Port Elizabeth 

If you are looking for a fun escape from the sand - why not visit the hotel for the weekend and work on your breaststroke in their big pool. 

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Oyster Box, Durban

The elegant Oyster Box is an oppulent spoil for anyone wanting a break from the crowds. Enjoy a swim in the pool after your lunch on the deck. 

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Sun City, Valley of Waves, North West

This water paradise is a fun activity for the kids who escpecially hate being stuck in the car during the holidays.

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Mac Mac Pools, Mpumalanga

Check out these pools for a fun picnic and a plunge in the clear rock pool. Visitors are not allowed to swim at the base of this waterfall but can enter one of the many pools nearby (just 2km away from the main fall). 

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Saxon Hotel -  Villa and Spa , Johannesburg

Book a massage at the spa and relax at the peaceful poolside. 

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Emerald Resort Aquadome, Gauteng 

This is an indoor thrill for children - their water sprinklers and slides always go down well. 

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Badplaas Forever Resort, Pretoria

Blow up your lilo and let the kids splash around while you float about in the big pool. 

Pines Resort, Krugersdorp

Stop off at this resort and enjoy a picnic on the grass and a swim in the pool. 

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