Kalahari is perfect for families so it makes sense that it is run by one. The Nelson Family owns and runs the Kalahari chain of resorts. They are a family, so they know just what families are looking for. The resort in the Poconos is like taking a trip to Africa. The feel is right and you cannot help but notice the theme throughout the resort. The Nelson family recently returned from a 23-day trip to Africa, where they sourced authentic items and experiences that will be directly translated into the new resort.
Our family was taken immediately by the grand exterior of the resort. But that was only the beginning. The lobby was incredible and we were graced with artifacts from Africa along with an enormous collage of photos taken in Africa. One of my favorite parts of the lobby was the replica of an African hut. Our family learned many new things about Africa during our visit.
Now, let’s talk waterpark. Kalahari has an amazing waterpark that is huge. We visited while the outdoor pool was open which made the waterpark even bigger. There are tons of waterslides, pools, and a lazy river. There is a separate section for little kids that even has its own one foot deep mini lazy river complete with mini tubes. Absolutely adorable! As for the big kids including adults- so many water choices including an in water bar (for 21+).
When it comes to resort rooms we had the regular room with two queen beds and a pull out. The rooms were pretty roomy and included a mini fridge and microwave. Our room had a very small balcony, but it seemed to be just enough. The resort housekeeping staff was very quick to accommodate and answer any questions our family had. The beds were comfy and the noise level in the hallways was minimal. Since the resort is very big- when you call to book a room, or at check in, be sure to request a room close to the lobby. We were pretty far away which made it tough just to “run back” to the room for something.
We also dined and shopped and played in the arcade during our stay. The arcade was huge and fun for all. Everything is coded onto a play card and used for playing the games and redeeming the prizes. We dined all over the resort. One of our favorites was the Great Karoo Marketplace Buffet. We feasted on dinner there. The prices were reasonable and the choices were many. Bonus: Chocolate Fountain! As for delish in between foods, snacks and coffee our number one choice was Java Manjaro!
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains is taking reservations at www.KalahariResorts.com/PA. See you there! Disclosure: All opinions are that of the above and honest.