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Keep Cool At These Water Parks

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We Joburgers don't have to feel bleak about our lack of seaside adventures because we have some phenomenal water and adventure parks right on our doorstep! These are perfect for a day out with the whole family during the summer heat.

Happy Island Water World

Happy Island Water World in Mogale City has just recently reopened to the public, just in time for the hottest part of summer in the city!

Why Go?

There are plenty of rides and slides for visitors to try! Just keep in mind, that since they are in the pre-launch period, not all the rides will be open and operating (as far as we can tell, you can experience 13 of the 15 right now). And entry is affordable at R220 per person, R120 per person for disabled and pensioners (65 years or older), and FREE for babies (3 years and younger).

Click here for all the details about this water park!

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GoG Lifestyle Park, Lanseria 

Those who are in-the-know can’t get enough of this adventure venue that provides an abundance of excitement, freedom and adventure for all ages and fitness levels. Activities are graded according to how challenging they are – green (easy), blue (medium) and black (the ultimate challenge).

Why Go?

To be honest, it’s an absolute bargain. Entry is around *R150 and includes ALL activities (including extreme activities) and you can stay there for as long as you like. Pack a picnic basket and/or braai meat (braai facilities are available). You only need buy your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at the on-site bar, restaurant or pop-up shop.

What’s On Offer?

  • Giant inflatables.
  • Water adventures – Spray Park, Splash Pad and 50m inflatable slip and slide.
  • Largest outdoor trampoline park in South Africa.
  • BMX track (up to age 13) and pump track (up to age 4).
  • 29m climbing wall – the highest man-made climbing wall in Africa.
  • Abseiling.
  • 400m zip line.
  • Outdoor ride tracks.
  • 3km sprint obstacle course.
  • Pedal go karts.
  • Bumper cars.
  • Picnic area.
  • Kids’ party venue.

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 (the restaurant is open from 10:00 to 21:00).

Address: Plot 126, Nooitgedacht (Old R114), near the old Lion Park.

Tel: 072 394 7437

Web: GOG Lifestyle

Pines Resort, Krugersdorp

Pines Resort is another unsung venue when it comes to a water-based day out. Featuring numerous slides, swimming pools, jumping castle, playgrounds, braai facilities and shaded picnic spots, the resort has received many positive reviews that make it worth checking out.

Why Go?

Kids can swim, slide and splash to their heart’s content for R100 – R140 for the day. You can pack your own picnic or buy toasted sandwiches and fries at the shop, plus the facilities are clean and well-maintained.

However, you must pre-book at Computicket AND print your tickets to be allowed entry. No tickets are sold at the gate.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00.

Address: 2 Ivan Smuts Avenue, Silverfields, Krugersdorp, Johannesburg.

Tel: 011 955 3845

Web: Pines Resort

Wild Waters, Boksburg

Yes, it’s still there – why mess with a good thing?

Why Go?

Featuring a variety of attractions including raging rapids, wave pool, super-tube slide, speed slide and the frightening Kamikaze Slide, Wild Waters is a highly effective antidote to “Moooooom, I’m bored!”. There are also jungle gyms, sandpits, braai areas, volleyball facilities and even a putt-putt course, as well an on-site tuck shop selling drinks and snacks.

Hours: Daily: 10:00 – 17:00.

Address: N12, Rondebult Road, Boksburg, Johannesburg.

Tel: 011 826 6736

Web: Wild Waters

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Aquadome - Vanderbijlpark

This is the place to be when you are looking for an out-of-this-world experience. Both kids and adults will have a ton of fun at the Aquadome. They offer pools to suit everyone, whether you just want to relax or have a splashing good time. The kids will love the water slide and shipwreck, and everyone enjoys drifting along in the lazy river or taking a dip in the warm waters of the indoor, climate-controlled Aquadome.

Why Go?

Aquadome at Emerald Resort and Casino offers pool-side fun for any season. Summer or winter, you will enjoy your money's worth with their indoor pools. Mom, dad and the kids will all have something to look forward to.

Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 – 18:00, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00.

Address: Emerald Resort & Casino, 777 Frikkie Meyer Blvd, Vanderbijlpark.

Tel: 016 982 8000

Web: Aquadome

Aquadome Water Parks

ZambiBush Resort - Pretoria

Let's take a road trip to Pretoria for an amazing family day out! ZambiBush offers many swimming pools, water slides, playgrounds and entertainment. This resort specialises in family celebrations and birthday parties for the kids. They will organise everything you need to make the day special.

Why Go?

ZambiBush Resort is set across lush gardens and lawns that face the local dam. There are a number of separate children’s venues to entertain children within the resort. ZambiBush offers ideal options for weekend getaways in Gauteng. You can relax at one of their 34 lapas situated around the pools, with tables, chairs and braai facilities. They have a shop with refreshments and take-aways.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00.

Address: 37 Cecil Avenue, Sinoville, Pretoria.

Tel: 084 504 3481

Web: ZambiBush Resort

Happy Island Water World - Muldersdrift

We all need a good splash every now and then. And at this water park both young and old will have an amazing time. Get your adrenaline charged and ready because it's about to be splashy!

Why Go?

Happy Island offers 10 water activities to enjoy, which includes something for everyone.

What’s On Offer?

  • The biggest Wave Pool in Africa
  • Gravity Loop
  • Lazy River
  • High Speed Slide
  • Behemoth Bowl
  • Master Blaster Super Tubes
  • Typhoon
  • Rainbow Slide
  • Massage Pools
  • Pirate Boat Slide

Hours: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00.

Address: 106 Lake View Drive, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

Tel: 010 600 3333

Web: Happy Island Water World

Happy Island Water World Water Parks

Found a water park you love? Check out our piece on Nicci Beach next!


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