The sun is out and the days are already getting warmer. It won’t be long before the summer holidays are upon us and you’re stuck with hot, irritable children who need a place to cool off and use up their pent up energy. Those unlucky enough not to have a swimming pool at home can rest assured that there are plenty of water parks across the country where you can take the kids for some fun in the sun this summer. Carry on reading to find out which ones we recommend!
Umhlanga Gateway Wave House, Durban
The Wave House at Gateway’s Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga, boasts two simulated waves known as Flow Riders which combine surfing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding in one. There are also 7 water slides, including the 15m two-lane speed racers; 2 medium tubes; a 180m Spaghetti Junction Supertube (the highest in South Africa); and 2 baby racers. Other features include the 4,000m² skate park (the largest in SA) designed by world champion, Tony Hawk, and the world’s highest indoor climbing wall at 22.5m. The restaurant has a wrap-around deck overlooking the action from above.
The Wave House is open from 10h00 – 18h00 on weekdays, 09h00 – 19h00 on Saturdays, and 09h00 – 18h00 on Sundays. Flow Riders cost R80 for an hour, while supertubes range from R30 – R65. Contact +27 (0)31 584 9400.
uShaka Marine World, Durban
uShaka Marine World in Durban boasts various swimming pools, a beach, and water slides ranging from thrilling chutes to leisurely tube rides. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy the Torpedo Kamikaze, Fast River, Zoom Zoom multilane racer, Drop Zone, and the Plunge free-fall slide. Children can enjoy the Toti Splash and Jika Jika family rafter, a splash area with water mushrooms and canons. SeaWorld has fascinating marine tanks, “dangerous creatures” and penguin exhibits, as well as dolphin and seal shows. The Cargo Hold Restaurant comes highly recommended where you can have your meal overlooking a shark tank.
uShaka Marine World is open daily from 09h00 – 17h00. Entrance costs R105 for children and seniors, R139 for adults, and free for under 3. Contact +27 (0)31 328 8000.
Wild Waves Waterpark, Port Edward
Wild Waves Water Park is a new family fun destination situated at the Wild Coast Sun Resort and Casino in Port Edward, near Durban. The park is home to some of the fastest water slides in the world. There are exhilarating rides like the Boomeranga and Aqua Loop, leisure rides like The Lazy River, a kids’ AquaPlay area, and the Magic Company. The park has various food outlets, a medical room, changing rooms, and towels and life jackets for hire.
Wild Waves is open daily, from 09h00 – 17h00. Entrance costs R120 for adults, R60 for kids under 1.2m, R75 for seniors, and free for under 3. Contact +27 (0)39 305 4800.
Valley of the Waves, Sun City
Sun City’s Valley of the Waves is a tropical paradise with a manmade beach, complete with artificial waves, sand, and palm trees; 5 exciting flume rides; and botanical gardens that surround the park, featuring rare plants, adventure paths, hidden caves, swinging bridges, and cascading waterfalls to explore. Other features include a mock volcano that erupts on the hour, an amphitheatre, food court, changing rooms, lifeguards, and locker service.
The park is open from 09h00 – 18h00. Entrance costs R120 – R150 for adults, R60 for pensioners, R70 – R80 for children, and free for residents. Contact +27 (0)14 557 1000.
Adventure Land, Plettenberg Bay
Set in a 24 hectare estate, Adventure Land in Plettenberg Bay has several water slides, including a 75m Supertube, 2-lane racer, Kamakazi slide, 12m Freefall slide, mini supertube, and a Raging Rapid tube ride There are also swimming pools, a kiddies’ slide and pool, spacious lawns, trampolines, and a jungle gym. There is a takeaway kiosk, braai facilities, and picnic tables available for use.
Adventure Land is open daily from 10h00 – 17h00. Entrance costs R90 per person, R50 for seniors, and FREE for under 3 and guests staying at Coral Tree Cottages. Contact +27 (0)44 532 7869.
Muizenberg Supertubes, Cape Town
The Muizenberg Supertubes, set along the beachfront pavilion, is a wonderful family hotspot in Cape Town. The park boasts a baby slide, camel slide, and big slide to suit all ages, with lifeguards on duty at all times. There is also a putt-putt course, swimming pool, and refreshment kiosk where one can buy ice creams, cool drinks, and snacks.
The park is open from 09h30 – 17h30. Entrance costs R35 for an hour and R65 for a day pass. Contact +29 (0)21 788 4759.
Wild Waters Fun Park Plett
Wild Waters Fun Park Plett offers plenty of fun for the whole family with several water slides and swimming pools. There is also a putt-putt course, trampolines, a playground, and foefie slide. Other facilities include braai and picnic spots for parents, and The River Café which offers refreshments.
Wild Waters is open from 09h00 – 18h00. Entrance costs R25 per person and R40 for riders. Contact +27 (0)44 533 3815.
Waterworld Strand, located right next to the beach in Strand, boasts water slides, swimming pools, trampolines, jungle gyms, and a foefie slide! Parents can relax in the picnic area or cafe while the kids enjoy a safe day in the water. Other facilities include changing rooms and life guards.
Waterworld is open daily from 10h00 – 18h00. Entrance costs R50 for an hour, R60 for two hours, and R80 for a full pass. Contact +27 (0)21 854 4702.
Wild Waters Fun Park, Boksburg
Wild Waters Fun Park in Boksburg features a 500m supertube, Raging Rapids tube ride, Speed Hump Slide, and a Kamikaze board slide. There is also a Wave Pool, putt-putt course, sandpit, volleyball net, picnic areas, braai facilities, changing rooms, and a shop.
The park is open daily from 10h00 – 17h00. Entrance costs R60 for children, R120 for adults (8 years and up), and R70 for pensioners. Contact +27 (0)11 826 6736.
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