Our family are waterpark enthusiasts. We've been to every waterpark in the Western Cape where we reside (unfortunately none compare to uShaka Marine World in Durban), and had heard from friends that Happy Island Waterpark was in a league of its own; and so decided to make a trip to Gauteng to see what it was all about.
As one enters the park there's a walk through this fountain wonderland, greeted by a caterpillar and elephant.
And then you pass these beautiful statues of giraffes.
The wave park is a huge hit. But there are lulls; so be sure to check the times that the waves are coming. Note that chidlren are required to wear life jackets.
We were flying SAA from OR Tambo to Cape town (6 Oct 2019), and they contacted us a week before to invite us to bid on business class seats. It was a minimum of $81 per seat (for some reason priced in US Dollars instead of Rands), which was a bit more than I was willing to pay, so somewhat sadly we settled on our lowly cattle class seats.
Kulula prompted me to do an early checkin, and I'm glad I did, as most of the seats were already allocated, but we managed to get two sets of 3 seats, with only the aisle seperating them. Traveling in a group of 6, one needs to be early on the checkin to get seats next to each other.
Happy Island was closed on our first day in Jozi, it being a Thursday, so we went acrobranching instead. It was the first our B&B host had heard about acrobranching, and we enjoyed informing her about the various opportunities to do acrobranching in Gauteng. We had settled on going to the Red Barn in Centurion. My 4 year old loved doing the yellow course, my 6 year old enjoyed enjoyed the green course, and my 7 year old son did the blue course for the first time. I joined my son on the blue course, and I there was one bit which was honestly terrifying, involving a tarzan swing. What got me focused was when one of the instructors asked me whether I was sure I had connected everythign correctly, and I panicked a bit, think, "Hey, you're the one who should be telling me!" Afterwards, we enjoyed eating and the kids playing in the gardens of the Clay Cafe.
I'd never witnessed this before on a flight - our South African Airways flight had to return back to its parking bay when a passenger started having seizures. A call was made for any passengers who were doctors to come assist; with all the cabin crew rushing towards the passenger with a variety of medical equipment. Our flight was delayed by some 90 minutes; with our 4-year-old repeating a mantra of "I am hungry". Sadly, the SAA food can best be described as being a snack - croissant with cheese and a few tiny pieces of fruit.
The most reasonably priced spot we could find somewhere near Happy Island Waterpark was Aprictor Hill Farm, with the awesome Wendy hosting us. There is Cradlestone Mall nearby and Silverstar Casino just down the road. The Casino has a food court with some places in it. There are game reserves, caves, go-karting, cave abseiling (needs to be booked) water parks (2) - Muldersdrift Tourism is worth contacting for more info.