Wild Waves Water Park in the Eastern Cape.

It's the last weekend of school holidays. If you are in these areas, why not have a fun filled theme park weekend:

Free State

Anchor Creek Marina

Where: Wall St & Ross St, Deneysville, 1932

Prices: There is a special of R800 per a night at a 6 sleeper unit for this weekend. Amusement rides start from R20pp.

Contact: 082 653 9999.

Anchor Creek Marina in Free State is the ideal family getaway, mixing family and fun perfectly. People who visit can choose to stay over or have day visits. If they choose to stay over, there are a range of accommodation facilities available, from b&b, self catering, camping and caravan. There are also a range of activities to choose from, from boat rides, knee boarding, water boarding and skiing. The amusement park will rush up your adrenaline and add fun to any holiday.

Western Cape

Ratanga Junction Theme Park

Where: Cape Theme Park, Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7441

Prices: Ratanga is holding a special from July 14-23 July. A full adventure ticket goes from R50. Booking is essential and tickets are limited.  Other prices include Full Adventurer Ticket – R179 pp (Over 1.3m tall), Mini Adventurer Ticket - R95 pp (Below 1.3m tall) and Fun Pass - R70 pp.

Contact: 021 550 8504

There is nothing more exhilarating than enjoying the rides at Ratanga. An ideal day for the entire family, Ratanga will keep everyone occupied for hours. Some of the popular rides are Slingshot, the Nashua Cape Cobra thrill ride, Congo Queen and Star Gazer. Green travellers will be excited to know that the park has already adopted certain green measures including the use of recycled water for irrigation and now a partnership with service providers to develop its Going Greener strategy. There are games to keep families occupied when not on the rides.

Eastern Cape

Wild Waves Water Park

Address:Main Bizana Road; Eastern Cape; 5,2 km south of Port Edward; Eastern Cape

Prices: Hotel guests at The Wild Coast Sun pay R40 while day visitor passes start from R100.

Contact: 039 305 9111

Every year hundreds of tourists flock to this destination for incredible water fun. Some of the highlights include Boomeranga that offers thrill-seekers sharp plummets, high-banking turns and heart-pounding plunges and the Aqua Loop, the ultimate body slide adventure, taking a near-vertical 17m plunge in a capsule before landing in the splashdown lane. Other attractions include SuperBowl  and the The Lazy River. There is also a kiddie’s spa area for young ones to get spoilt over before the holiday ends.




Ushaka Marine World

Where: 1, King Shaka Ave, Point, Durban, 4001

Prices: They are running a combo package for Wet and Wild and the Chimp and Zee adventure for R199 till the end of July.

Contact: 031 328 8000

Fun and  adventure is what Ushaka Marine World, one of the largest aquariums in the world has on offer. Try Wet and Wild, the Shark Cage diving and snorkelling. The children will love the dolphin show where they get to see the marine animal in all its glory. There are two shows, one at 11.30am and the other at 3pm. Ushaka offers a range of eateries should someone feel peckish in between all the fun. If you want a truly authentic Durban experience, hit Ushaka Beach. The warm beaches and Durban weather will warm you up.

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