Kalahari Water Park & Resort
This was our first trip to the resort so we had no clue what to expect. I always think it’s hard to plan your schedule and activities at a large resort like Kalahari when it’s your first visit. So if you’re planning a first-time trip I’m going to give you my tips and tricks to hopefully make it easier for you.
Let me start off by saying, I had NO CLUE how big the resort was. Mistake number 1. lol – it’s huge. My first tip before all else would be to request a room close to the water park!
Navigating Kalahari Water Park itself is a breeze. It’s big but not to the point where you could get lost. It’s laid out nicely so there are plenty of ways to get from one end to the other. The Splash Down Safari Area is the first one you’ll come across when you walk in. It’s a large climb-atop type of set-up with slides and lots of stairs, so it’s better for kids that are a little bit older. Our first day we spent the majority of our time here. If you’re going on a weekend I suggest getting to the water park as early as possible so that you can snag a table before they’re all gone.
We got a reservation at Sortino’s Italian Restaurant for dinner. We stayed at the resort on a Friday night and made the reservation that day. I’m not sure if we got lucky or if it’s always easy to get in, but I recommend trying it if you want to do a sit-down dinner. It’s kid-friendly and there’s plenty of space between each table/booth to the next. There’s also enough noise that you don’t have to worry about the kids being too loud.
Our second day at the water park we headed towards “Coral Cove” in the back and found it to be much less crowded (it’s also specifically for littles ones). There are a ton of slides, bouncers, swings, activities such as basketball hoops and water tables, etc.
The water is a wading level so the kids can just play and you don’t have to worry about it being too deep. There are tables and chairs surrounding the entire area so you can have your stuff nearby, eat lunch, etc. There are also private cabanas for rent. They have sofas and tv’s and would be great if you’re going with a large group of people.
We didn’t eat much within Kalahari water park itself but there are bars and dining options available. It’s mostly salads, sandwiches and pizzas but if you prefer more options there are plenty of restaurants within the resort. We ate at the Ivory Coast Restaurant twice because the menu has something for everyone. They have great kids options but they also have burgers, salads, steaks, etc.
The Marrakesh Market is great if you want food to go (pre-made sandwiches, etc.) but there are also tables all around the lobby area where you could also sit. The Marrakesh Market has Uncrustables and tons of snacks, etc. for picky eaters! The Ivory Coast Restaurant and Marrakesh Market are both conveniently located in the hotel lobby.
There’s also a Starbucks and an ice cream/sweets shop right in the lobby! I think the Starbucks might be new because a friend of mine who went a few years prior to us said she doesn’t remember that being there. Either way, I was a happy camper 🙂
The kids also had a great time at the Adventurer’s Club. The club has many daily (non-water park related) scheduled activities. Our kids didn’t do them solely because we didn’t want to be on a schedule but they enjoyed the activities that you could do at your leisure. They painted their own piggy banks, decorated “squishies” and played a few small games like a bean bag and ring toss. The Adventurer’s Club is located on the arcade/water park level and you can pick up a schedule right at the entrance. The kids also had a ton of fun at the arcade and loved the toy shop where they got to use their tickets when they were done.
Our kids were so excited they were hopping all over the room so it was hard to get some great pics LOL. We stayed in the African Queen Suite and it was way more then enough for the 5 of us. It had 2 bedrooms, 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 queen pull-out sofa, 2 full baths, tvs and a fireplace. It was great to have so much room!
There were a lot of things to do that we just didn’t because of the ages of our kids like the Anaconda, Barreling Baboon, Flow Rider, escape rooms, bowling alley, etc. Our trip was in the winter but if you’re visiting in the warmer months they also have an outdoor water park as well as mini golf, zip lines, ropes courses, etc.
We had such a great time on our trip and we definitely plan to go back!!! There’s so much to do and something for everyone. If you’re planning a trip to Kalahari Water Park & Resort and have any questions, feel free to reach out or drop a comment below!
This post is in collaboration with Kalahari Resort