Theme parks to visit in South Africa

Posted on 9 November 2023 By Nomvelo Masango

Adventure, adrenaline and a whole lot of excitement…theme parks provide all of this and more. Thus, it comes as no surprise that visiting a theme park is one of the best ways to have fun and make memories with loved ones.

Whether you are into jaw-breaking thrill rides or prefer a bit of a splash in water activities, there’s a theme park in South Africa for you!

This holiday season, here are five South African theme parks you can visit:

  1. Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City presents a variety of exciting activities for both adults and children. The Johannesburg-based theme park is the largest of its kind in South Africa and has 16 thrilling rides, 7 family rides and 21 dedicated kids rides.

There are also 12 dining options, allowing you to sit down and enjoy a good meal with your family after all the fun and excitement.

Contact: +27 11 248 5000

  1. Wild Waters Fun Park

Located in the city of Boksburg in Gauteng, Wild Waters is a family-friendly water park. It presents a number of thrilling activities including the 500m supertube and the speed hump slide.

There are also leisurely activities such as the wave pool. Other activities include building sand castles or a good game of volleyball in the sand pit.

Address: 1 Margaret Ave, Bardene, Boksburg, 1459.

  1. uShaka Marine World


uShaka Marine is a world-class entertainment destination effortlessly loved by many. The Durban-based marine theme park provides a lot of water fun, sea life and unforgettable experiences.

At the theme park, you can view the largest aquarium in the Southern hemisphere or indulge in the world of water slides and pools all day long. Zip-lining is also available, as is the famous Kid’s World which is a play paradise for young ones.

Contact: 031 328 8000

  1. Adventure Land

Adventure Land is stretched out in 24 hectares of land and presents the perfect opportunity for family fun time. Centrally located between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, the vibrant theme park offers a number of thrilling activities including the supertube, 2-lane racer and a free fall slide. There is also a mini-super tube, as well as kiddies slides for your young ones.

Adventure Land also provides space to relax and have a picnic. You can even enjoy a braai as you watch your family and friends enjoy the activities.

Address: N2 Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay, 6600.

  1. Cool Runnings

If you’re in search of a theme park that provides a family experience to remember, Cool Runnings is your go-to. Based in Cape Town, the park is home to the first downhill tobogganing track in Africa.

Cool Runnings offers a clean atmosphere, exciting and innovative rides, as well as friendly and courteous staff. There is also a café serving delicious food including boerwors rolls, burgers and pizza. After all, good food is what ties the perfect family experience together.

Contact: +21 949 4439

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