I was provided with overnight accommodations to help facilitate this post, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
A little over a week ago we took a short road trip to the Pocono Mountains to visit Kalahari Resorts. I’ll be honest, I expected this trip to be all about the kids. Typically that means that by the end of our trip I’m ready for another vacation. I love getting away with my family, but if I’m not able to wind down after a busy day, it exhausts me. However, our stay proved to be the opposite of stressful and I found myself wishing we could’ve stayed a bit longer.
What sets Kalahari Resorts apart? Several things. I was pleasantly surprised with all the attention that was paid to small details. From a surplus of hand sanitizer stations (a germaphobe’s dream!) to complimentary family activities, Kalahari has truly thought of everything.
So if you’re on the fence about taking a trip to Kalahari Resorts, I want to share five reasons you should consider paying a visit.
5 Reasons to Visit Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos
1. The Waterpark
The indoor waterpark at Kalahari Resorts has something for everyone. My 11 year old son especially loved hanging out at the basketball pool. My son declared that the pool was “perfect”.
Another wonderful feature at the waterpark was the kiddie area. This section is like its own mini waterpark. Tons of water slides, a lazy river, swings and kid-height water play.
This little lady loved hanging out here and even braved the water slides without my help.
There’s also a huge splash and play area that consists of several water slides, water guns and net crawls. The waterpark also features several thrill water rides along with a lazy river.
There’s also plenty of tables and lounge chairs if you need to take a break from all the fun. You also have the option of renting cabanas that are equipped with a refrigerator, flat screen TV, security safe and comfy modern furniture.
2. The Food
As a foodie, this was my personal favorite. Kalahari Resorts has a variety of food options to choose from. If you prefer a restaurant that is geared more towards adults, make sure to check out Brandberg Food & Drink. You’ll also have casual dining options at Great Karoo Marketplace Buffet and Ivory Coast Restaurant. If you prefer to spend your day playing at the waterpark, there’s also the option to dine just outside the waterpark area which offers made to order sandwiches, wraps and pizzas.
In the lobby area, you’ll also find a variety of options including The Last Bite where you’ll find a wide range of sweets and treats. This is were we grabbed ice cream before heading home. Seriously some of the creamiest ice cream I’ve had in a long time.
Just across from The Last Bite you’ll find Kalahari’s coffee shop, Java Manjaro. Here you’ll find a wide range of drinks, pastries and custom desserts. This is were I grabbed a delicious cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte while my son sampled the cake pops.
3. The Arcade.
The arcade at Kalahari Resorts is HUGE! My son had a blast playing several arcade games while my little one enjoyed riding the mini carousel over and over again.
Check out this short video tour of the arcade area to get an idea of what it looks like.
4. The Resort
Kalahari Resorts prides itself in the way it reflects African culture as seen throughout the resort. I absolutely loved the beautiful handcrafted artwork and pieces displayed.
This is near the lobby area. You have to see this in person to truly appreciate how stunning it is.
And this was my little man trying to mimic our buddy here. He actually won both of those hats in a claw game at the arcade.
5. The Accommodations
Kalahri Resorts has different accommodation options to fit your family’s individual needs and budget. Our room (Desert Room) consisted of two queen beds and a queen sleeper sofa. Plenty of room for our family since it was just four of us on this trip. If you need more space, there are also two-room suites to accommodate larger families. Check out my quick room tour below to see what our room looked like.