While many of us can’t go to the beach to splash in the waves right now, there’s no reason you can’t have fun in the sun and water at one of these popular waterparks, now officially reopened to the public. Trust us, you’ll all have a ball.
Happy Island Waterworld
One of South Africa’s most popular waterparks, Happy Island Water World guarantees an adrenaline-pumping day of water fun for the whole family. For starters, there’s not one, but two enormous wave pools to experience with your kids – a treat for anyone who hasn’t been to the beach in a while.
One of the top water thrills for adults and the big kids is the gravity pool, which will literally make your stomach turn as you’re sucked into an inclined loop at a speed of 60km|h before it spits you out at the tail end of a shallow pool. But there’s so much more!
There are also a number of spiral slides, high-speed slides, a python slide, rainbow slides and the cutest pirate boat slide for toddlers.
If you prefer something a bit more relaxing and less exhilarating, you’ll love floating on a tube on the Lazy River or having the tension in your body released in one of the Massage Pools.
Of course, the little ones will just as happily splash around in the spray garden among the giant plastic animals sprouting jets of water.
Currently, you can bring a picnic basket into the park at a nominal charge, but if you get hungry and thirsty, there’s a fast food court as well as several independent food and beverage vendors inside the park.
Showers and lockers are also available.
Where is it located?
106 Lake View Drive, Muldersdrift
Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm
- Adults R199
- Kids R99
- Kids under 2 FREE.
Important: You have to buy your tickets online to secure your place as numbers are strictly limited. Click here to book.
For more information visit www.happyislandsa.co.za
The scenic water park is beautifully situated in between the hills of Krugersdopr with lots of shady areas and green grass to throw down a picnic blanket and chill for the day.
There are several spacious swimming pools for both kids and adults, as well as a host of fun mountain and aqua slides for kids and adults of all ages.
The little ones will especially enjoy the rope adventure park, the jungle gyms and the cute little splash pad with its water jets.
There are braai facilities available, so you can pack a picnic basket, but there’s also a tuck shop for snacks and soft drinks, a bar (alcohol is not allowed to be brought into the park) and takeaways if you don’t get to packing your picnic basket.
Where is it located?
2 Ivan Smuts Avenue, Silverfields, Krugersdorp
Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm
- Adults and kids older than 8 years – R120
- Kids 3-7 years – R80
- Kids 1-2 years – R40
- Babies – free
These are rates for October 2020 only and entrance tickets must be bought through Computicket.
Wild Waters Park
Conveniently situated close to Johannesburg, Wild Waters is a lovely place to take kids of all ages for a fun day out.
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For adventurous adults and older kids, it offers nine exhilarating rides including a 500m super tube, a raging rapids tube ride, a fun speed hump slide, and a kamikaze ride on boards.
If you prefer something a bit tamer, there’s a spacious wave pool that beckons when you want to cool off. Your little one will also enjoy frolicking in the waves with you once she’s tired splashing around in the kiddies splash area.
After all the water fun, the kids will definitely have worked up an appetite. There are lovely picnic areas in the park with braai facilities. There are also lockers, changing facilities and a shop with refreshments and takeaways.
Where is it located?
1 Margaret Ave, Bardene, Boksburg
Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm
Wild Waters is currently running a Sunday special:
- Adults and kids older than 8 years – R150
- Kids 2-7years – R75
- Babies – free.
Call 011 826 6736\7 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
For more information vist wildwatersboksburg.co.za.
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