Even in a place like Wisconsin that has indoor water parks in abundance, the Kalahari Resort stands out.
The property features an indoor water park 125k square foot in size, an outdoor smaller sister property, and a small indoor theme park.
All three offer rides and attractions are catering to visitors of all ages.
The Indoor Theme Park
The indoor water park has six thrill rides and five family ones.
The thrill rides are
- Master Blaster is a 570 foot long, fast, two person, uphill water coaster.Expect to be splashed with water and it has a sharp drop at the end that may scare the young ones.
- Tanzanian Twister is a one or two-person a pipe style spiral 40 mph ride that isn’t recommended for claustrophobic guests or those with noise sensitivities (the tube creates an echo effect and amplifies screams) or motion sensitivities.
- Zigzag Zebra is a fast-paced tunnel ride, that like the Tanzanian Twister isn’t suitable for those who are noise sensitive.
- Elephant trunk at the 270-foot tube isn’t as bad as the Master Blaster, so if your kid wants to try one, this is the one to try.
- Rippling Rhino at nearly 400 ft long is a milder version of its faster counterparts.
- The Flow Rider is an attraction that simulates surfing on top of a five-foot wave and is a balancing ride that has gained popularity in the last few years. It has been installed in multiple parks, even on cruise ships. Be advised that you are only permitted to body surf. at this park.
The Family rides are:
- Victoria Falls – a 504-foot long raft ride that resembles a theme park ride only with no real scenery,
- Zambezi River – the park’s lazy river that is great for everyone especially since parents can ride with their kids.
- Safari Kids Splash area is the two-story wooden house submerged in 12 inches of water for the young kids, with crawl spaces, tunnels, and slides,
- Leopard’s Lair created for the school aged kids with 3000 feet of play area includes slides and nets,
- Crocodile Cove is geared towards the older crowd with activities like a water walk and basketball.
The Outdoor Waterpark
The outdoor water park at 77,000 square feet, mirrors the indoor park, offering thrill and family rides but on a smaller scale.
The four thrill rides are:
- Extreme Rush is a two lane fast paced racing-style slide, which can accommodate siblings or kids with parents.
- Swahili Swirl is a slide that shoots riders from a vortex into the water, and not recommended for children with motion sickness or any fear of heights.
- Anaconda slide has sharp turns and deep plunges, so it is only recommended for those that have tried some of the milder rides.
- Wild Wildebeest is a smooth ride in which guests floating rafts pass through caverns and waterfalls.
- Splashdown Safari is a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse with geysers, spinning trays, hose jets, water cannons, curtains and wheels that can be hand-operated by kids.
- Luapula Lazy River is a family favorite, boasting loops around the outdoor water park, pools and waterslide tower.
- Be advised that the park offers no front of the line pass or accommodations for autism!
- Talk to your kid ahead of time about water safety, the fact they may have to wear a life jacket (if they are under a certain height) and reiterate the fact he/she should never run on park grounds.
- Have your kid start with the milder rides and work their way (at their pace) to the thrill rides.park’s indoor and outdoor thrill rides are not recommended for people with claustrophobia, anxiety or those suffering from any motion sensitivity, since on most rides, especially those comprising enclosed tubes, guests can’t see anything and can experience sudden almost violent drops.
- Bring water shoes to prevent your child from slipping
- Schedule your visit on a weekday- we visited in the middle of summer and encountered incredibly short lines
- Both parks have a shortage of signage and staff so expect to be confused as to which entrance leads to which slide.
- You can get free towels at the entrance, and there are lounge and upright chairs throughout the park. If you wish to enhance your experience, you can rent a private cabana for the day with LCD televisions and even your private hot tub.
The indoor Theme Park
The indoor “theme park” is an 110,000 square foot entertainment center offers a day all inclusive pass or pay as you go option.Be aware that not all attractions in the park are free, so for the Bowling, Nascar Simulator, and Golf simulator, as well as all the arcade games you need to pay extra.
For the younger kids
- an African themed Merry-Go-Round,
- a 1,000 square foot jungle gym,
- and a kiddie swing.
For older kids
- the ‘Big Wheel’ Ferris Wheel,
- the 360 coaster
- the Sky Trail® Ropes Course —20 feet above the ground,
- rock climbing wall
- drive a go cart
- Laser tag combat.
- Free mini course as well as a golf simulator you can pay extra for.
Autism Travel Tips:
- Visit the theme park in the early afternoon or the morning when everyone is busy at the water parks so you don’t have to wait in any lines.
- Ask the staff at check in whether they have any discount deals for the park.
- Ask to see the park before you decide whether you will pay for the ride or get an all inclusive day ticket.