The two hour car ride we had from Westchester County transformed our lives from not only heading into another state of Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania but to Kalahari, Africa as well.
Kalahari Resorts is Spectacular! The following attractions are under one roof:
- a Convention center
- an indoor waterpark
- and assortment of restaurants
- a spectacular spa
- accommodations and shopping
- African Art
- a tremendous arcade room
- a Fitness center
By next Spring, there will be an outdoor waterpark and an even bigger expansion to the coolest indoor waterpark as well. With this expansion also comes and an additional wing to the resort. I can’t wait to go back and see how much it has transformed.
Although Kalahari is massive in size the personal touch is truly evident throughout. From the front desk personal to the waitstaff and team members everyone goes out of their way to attend to your needs.
The ultimate act of taking care of guests was that Natasha from the Nelson family gave us a personal tour of the facilities. The Nelsons are the owners of this resort and several of locations as well. We all had the utmost respect for the Nelson family while listening to Natasha speak about the family’s travel to to visit Africa and travel to 6 countries in 23 days.
The decor of African art is like stepping into a museum. You will see beautiful animal carving, authentic furniture and sculptures by African artists. The true to size animal carvings make you do a “double take”- They look so real!
From the moment we entered our suite we couldn’t believe how sizable and extremely comfortable it was. Though we were a party of 5 you could easily sleep 8-10 and still have plenty of room. Everything we needed was provided including a mini fridge to a 2 full bathrooms and a patio area outside.
As for food you are never with out options. While on vacation we are all about trying new things and this is no different when it comes to food. For our welcome dining experience in Brandburg we were treated to not only conventional but delicious pizza with toppings of pear and ever so tasty cheese assortments. But for those picky eaters in your group they are always able to accommodate for them as well. Chicken fingers and fries were brought out for some members of our group. Every meal is made and prepped in their kitchen and they are very conscientious of allergies too! You can always speak directly to the chef knowing your meal will be prepped and cooked in the way you need it to be.
We loved The Great Karoo Buffet. The choices were unbelievable and endless. The girls were delighted in making their own selections for breakfast while having the most delicious omelettes and the freshest fruit. We also had dinner another day there and it was even better than we had imagined. Dessert was the highlight of the meal with individualized portions a sampling of all was a must have.
There is always a reason to celebrate while at Kalahari and what better way to do that than join in on Kenya’s Surprise Birthday party. For this character breakfast in the Brandburg restaurant you are treated to a party atmosphere with all of Kenya’s friends wait to surprise him for the big celebration from signing and dancing and of course cake we had a fun filled way to start the day.
One of my most favorite experiences while at Kalahari was the wine & beer tasting experience. We were treated to wine from Africa and even a banana flavored beer. This tasting was paired with wonderful shrimp, turkey cocktail meatballs salami and cheeses and the most delectable jalapeno poppers. All items served beautifully and looked to good to eat.
Now onto the main reason you want to book your trip to Kalahari right now is the Indoor Waterpark– It will leave you speechless. You never get the confining feeling of being indoors for a length of time. It is bright and spacious and warm too. The water is just the right temperature to keep you comfortable from each water slide to the next. The girls were thrilled with opportunity to get get private Flowrider lessons. The surfing came naturally to my youngest niece. With such enthusiasm she kept attempting to make each wave count. Normally each rider would have one minute to surf however you can choose private lessons in the early morning. I even got in on the action. It isn’t as easy as you think but it is tons of fun. My middle niece thinks she is a mermaid now. They literally transformed her with mermaid tails and more from learning to swim in the water and do neat tricks. From navigating around the pool she found a new love of the water and is begging to do it again.
Everything you need in the waterpark is there: a lazy river, water slides- the Anaconda was everyone’s favorite, pool basketball and a hot tub for adults with a swim up bar. We all enjoyed in indoor / out door hot tub. While not in the pool you can choose to rent a cabana for the day to get a little privacy and enjoy the TV and mini fridge. Lunch was served for our entire group, the staff couldn’t have been more helpful in accommodating everyone’s needs to getting refills on drinks and fresh towels. Though it can be tricky keeping my eye on 3 young girls I never felt they weren’t being taken care of. The lifeguard staff is on constant watch making sure all are following the rules and wearing life vests when needed.
After a day at the waterpark it was time to relax and have some fun in the game room. This arcade had something for everyone. We hit it big on the games with thousands of tickets. Skeeball is my favorite and watching it land in the tiny rings reminds me of many trips to the boardwalk on he Jersey Shore. While these tickets accumulated quickly the girls were eager to trade them in for fun prizes. Come on who doesn’t love a whoopee cushion or over-sized glasses.
While Mema was watching the girls I slipped away to Spa Kalahari to relax and enjoy all the amenities of the hydro spa. The luxurious hot tubs and steam rooms make it such a relaxing part to your stay. With plenty of room in the relaxation sanctuary for many guests it is the perfect oasis to end your trip. I am looking forward to booking my next treatment at the spa. With so many options to choose from, it will be a hard choice. Everyone deserves a little “me” time.
This adventure to Kalahari was exceptional. What a terrific “girls” adventure for 3 generations. While walking around the resort you could see kids of all ages, parents and grandparents singles or couples and they all had the same expression on their faces. Everyone was HAPPY. The feeling of having fun at Kalhari Resort is beyond words. We will treasure the memories we made and the bonding experience for the rest of our lives.
Have you been to Kalahari? What would you like to do the most?