What better way to keep cool and entertain your whole family than having a day at a water park? South Africa has some of the best and most interactive water park facilities. Here are a few you can visit before the end of summer.
uShaka Marine World
Located in Durban Kwa-Zulu Natal, Ushaka Marine World is a 16 hectare experience with a wide variety of entertainment. The park has 8 main attractions. These are uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Sea Animal Encounters Island, uShaka Beach, uShaka Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, uShaka Dangerous Creatures and Chimp & Zee. uShaka Sea World is the fifth largest aquarium in the world. uShaka Wet ‘n Wild water park has the highest slide in Africa. Enjoy a day of sightseeing, shopping and dining.
Due to Covid-19, the park has several restrictions in place to ensure the safety of all the visitors. current Level 1 lockdown, only the following parks are open to visitors with certain limitations. uShaka Sea World – limited to 850 guests at any given time
uShaka Wet ‘n Wild – limited to 2000 guests per session
uShaka Dangerous Creatures – limited to 30 people at any given time
Cargo Hold – limited to 100 people per sit down
Wahooz on the Promenade – limited to 150 people at any given time.
Village Walk Beach Mall
The following areas will remain closed until further notice:
uShaka Kids World
The Anchor Restaurant
The dolphin show will be limited to 850 guests
Valley of Waves, Sun City, North West Province
You don’t have to head to the coast to experience an amazing water park experience. Valley of Waves, Sun City is located in the landlocked province of the North West Province.
The water park features two water theme parks to ensure maximum enjoyment for the whole family. The first park features slides and rides, the second is perfect for the adrenaline junky and features action-packed water sports. The Lost City’s premier attraction is Valley of the Waves, home to exciting water slides, “The resort’s lake is home to Waterworld, where the attractions include something for the whole family, from bumper boats to parasailing”.
Splash Water World Amanzimtoti
If you are looking for a full day of fun for the entire family, the Splash Water World in Amanzimtoti in Kwa-Zulu Natal is the perfect water park.
Bring your own meat and soft drinks and enjoy the parks excellent braai facilities. For those looking for something more convenient, the onsite restaurant the Thirsty Whale is available for those looking for something more laid back and relaxing.
Happy Island Water World
If you find yourself in landlocked Johannesburg Happy Island Water World is the perfect place for those looking to chill out and enjoy the water. While it may not be a substitute for the beach, Happy Island Water World has the “largest WAVE POOL in Africa, measuring at a colossal 20 000m2, with hydraulics that generate ocean-like waves at regular intervals”.
For the adventure seekers, the park has a gravity loop and a high-speed ride. The gravity loop allows the rider to 2.5 G’s in under two seconds, while a trip on the high-speed ride allows the rider to travel at speeds of up to “40km/h of heart-thumping fun.”