Gauteng may be landlocked, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the numerous water parks that abound the Province. So, they say, “who needs the Ocean”, as Gauteng has enough year-round water parks to satisfy water-loving patrons and cool off the hot and bothered.
Hot water parks:
Stoke City Wake Park
Stoke City Wake Park is a premier destination for water-based sports. This unique park is designed for wakeboarding, kneeboarding, wakeskating, and waterskiing and is located in Midrand. Participants are pulled at speed by a motorboat or a cable system for the Kneeboarding and Wakeboarding. The cable system can pull up to nine riders at a time and runs in a continuous counter-clockwise motion.
The well-maintained park has braai and picnic spots and is popular with patrons who want to escape the concrete jungle. Stoke City Wakepark often hosts beach volleyball tournaments that attract large crowds.
There is an 11-foot vertical ramp for skateboarders and BMX riders and a smaller less intimidating half-pipe. Stoke City Wakepark has one of the largest Freestyle Motocross (FMX) circuits in the southern hemisphere that was developed by Alastair Sayer, a former Xgames medalist.
The park offers rentals of wakeboards, wakeskates, helmets, life jackets and anything that might be needed to participate in the activities on offer. There is also a pro shop inside the park if you wish to buy any equipment for water-based sports and skateboarding or need to book lessons for any one of these sports.
The Aquadome is located inside the Emerald Resort & Casino on the banks of the Vaal River in Vanderbijlpark. The Aquadome has a controlled climate, so regardless of the weather outside, you can spend the day splashing around. There are six heated pools, as well as a fun shipwreck and waterslides for the kids. There are lifeguards on duty to make sure that everyone is safe while having fun.
ZambiBush Resort Water Park
One of the best family resorts in Pretoria is ZambiBush Resort in Pretoria. This environmentally-friendly is set in lush gardens overlooking the dam and offers lots of swimming pools, water slides, and a petting zoo. The Resort only makes use of green electricity generated from renewable resources such as wind, solar and water power.
Wild Waters Water Park
Wild Waters in Boksburg remains a firm favourite for splashing around and water slides. This is a fun water resort ideal for family outings, gatherings of friends or even a party. People call Wild Waters “the beach within reach” and this impressive complex boasts nine thrilling water attractions including raging rapids, a wave pool, super-tube slide, speed slide and the scariest of all, the Kamikaze Slide, as well as regular swimming pools and special pools for little kids. There are also plenty of picnic spots, braai areas, sandpits, jungle gyms and special lapa areas. There is even a volleyball and a putt-putt course. You can stock up on snacks and refreshments at the Wild Waters tuck shop.
Pines Resort Water Park
Pines Resort is another popular water park in Krugersdorp. If you love a variety of waterslides and swimming pools which are suitable for all ages. With braai facilities and a tuck shop, it’s the perfect day out for the whole family.