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.
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.
Kalahari Water Park & Resort
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.
Sortino’s is 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 little ones). There are a ton of slides, bouncers, swings, and 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. The cabanas have sofas and TVs and would be great if you’re going with a large group of people.
We didn’t eat much within the actual 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 kid’s options but they also have burgers, salads, steaks, etc.
he 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 than enough for the 5 of us.
The suite 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.
Additional Kalahari Water Park FAQ’s
How much is does it cost to stay at Kalahari Water Park Resort?
Currently, a 1-night stay at Kalahari in the Poconos for 2 adults and 2 children in the “Desert Room” on a Friday night will run you approximately $446 with taxes and resort fees.
The Desert room has 2 queen beds with a full-size sleeper sofa. The price is for up to 4 guests and includes tickets to both the indoor and outdoor water park for each guest staying in the room. You can add 1 or 2 additional guests to a desert room for an additional $50 per person.
These rooms aren’t the cheapest but they do have a microwave, mini-fridge and table and chairs. If you wanted to grab some food and eat in the room to save some money you could definitely do that.
Does Kalahari offer day passes?
Yes. You do not have to stay at the resort to use the water park. If you wish to visit the water park without a resort reservation, you can purchase a day pass for $49.
Does Kalahari have pack and plays or cribs?
Yes, pack n plays are available at Kalahari. However, when we went they didn’t have pack n play sheets. I recommend bringing a sheet if you have one specifically fit for a pack n play.
What are the Kalahari indoor water park hours?
The indoor water park opens at 10 am every day. It closes at 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and closes at 10 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Is Kalahari Resort All-Inclusive?
The Kalahari Water Park & Resort in Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania is not all-inclusive. The water park is included for each guest staying in a room, but all food and activities are your responsibility to pay for.
Does Kalahari have an outdoor water park?
Kalahari Water Park & Resort in Ponoco Mountains DOES have an outdoor water park. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to experience it because we went in February.
The outdoor water park has small and large slides like indoor as well as bungalows and an outdoor pool.
The outdoor bungalows include flat-screen TV’s, a refrigerator, safe, chaise lounges, and a table, as well as food and drink service. The bungalows can fit up to 8 guests.
Can you bring your own food into Kalahari Water Parks?
You cannot bring your own food into Kalahari Water Parks.
Do I need to bring my own towels to Kalahari?
No, the park provides you with towels.
Can you wear water shoes at Kalahari?
Yes, you can wear water shoes at Kalahari. However, you cannot wear them on rides. The park also has free life vests available in a wide range of sizes.
Does Kalahari have free breakfast?
Is Kalahari better than Great Wolf Lodge?
Kalahari is a totally different experience than Great Wolf Lodge. Great Wolf Lodge has an interactive element, which Kalahari does not. Kalahari is newer and way bigger with MUCH more to do. The food options are also much more diverse at Kalahari.
What age is free at Kalahari?
Kids under 2 years old get in free.
Where are all the Kalahari Water Park locations?
Kalahari Resorts has 4 locations: Pocono Mountains, PA, Wisconsin Dells, WI, Sandusky, OH, and Round Rock TX.
I hope you found this post helpful. 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!
Can you use the water park before check-in time?
Yes. Check-in time isn’t until 4 pm, however, you can start using the water park at 10 am on the morning of your check-in day. The resort will store your belongings for free while you are in the park, otherwise, there are lockers available for a fee.
Is there a spa/salon on-site?
Is Kalahari Water Park Resort clean?
Yes. We found Kalahari to be very clean.
This post is in collaboration with Kalahari Resort