With two pools mark the point from which hot springs emerge. In the smallest lagoon, water is quite hot; in the biggest one a little further down, the water is a little colder.
They say that these Pedia are excellent for diseases of Like any desert, Namibe has its oases. In the south of the country, the Curoca River flows through rocks and in Pediva forms small lagoons where hot waters spring.
This water point in Iona National Park is an unexpected place of the great desert. Refreshing, alive and healing. This Namibe Desert is undoubtedly a place of many surprising corners.
We return to the land of great silence with Pediva on the horizon. This place is not part of the major national tourist routes, normally confined to the “classics”. But for those who live in Namibe or dare to explore it, this oasis is a must. The Curoca River is a breath of fresh air. The waterline zigzags with the intermittence of a desert river.
In the dry season, the bed is clay and dust; but when the rainy season arrives in the highlands of Huila, the Curoca turns into floodwater on the way to the mouth, already close to Tômbua. It's the best time to get to know Pediva. And now the surprise: in the course of Curoca, two natural pools mark the point from which hot springs emerge.
In the smaller lagoon the water is quite hot; in the bigger one, a little bit lower, it's a little cooler. They say that these Pediva hot springs are excellent for skin diseases.
Exploring the region around Pediva is another show apart.
The place is arid and immense. Small rock formations shape the landscape through which local people move. Near the warm waters there is a hill where you can see, up there, what remains of the home of a Portuguese man named Vasco Pereira.
They say he was the biggest wild animal hunter in Iona. Not very grateful and that the authorities are trying not to repeat it. A National Police checkpoint was recently created in Pediva.
Other locations in the park - Charojamba, Ovipaca, Nevamalulo and Monte Negro - join this network that tries to end poachers and illegal traders.
The potential of Pediva's landscapes has long caught the attention of the authorities. There is the idea of creating a village in the vicinity of Curoca to receive visitors who turn their noses to camp, which is allowed in Pediva (before setting up the tent and imbambas always remember to ask permission from the local authorities, more than for safety , out of respect for those who live in this space).
While this hotel is not being built, there is the option, a few kilometers later, of Lodge Omauhua, with bungalows and area for caravans.
This trip to Pediva is adventure, immersion in the desert and in the waters that spring from the interior of Namibe. A little corner to include in a tour through this region full of fantastic places like Foz do Cunene, Baía dos Tigres or the paintings by Tchitundu-Hulu.