Top 10 Amusement Parks in South Africa

Amusement Parks in South Africa go beyond offering the families exciting fun, they also incorporate educational and historical attractions that the whole family can enjoy.

To make it easier to discover these popular family destinations, we have created a list of the Top 10 Amusement Parks in South Africa.

  • uShaka Marine World

    1. uShaka Marine World, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

    Opened in 2004, uShaka Marine World is a 16-hectare aquarium theme park situated in the sunny city of Durban. This family-orientated entertainment complex boasts the fifth largest aquarium in the world, along with a waterpark, award-winning dolphin and seal shows, the recreation of a wreck of a 1920 cargo ship, and an array of shopping facilities and eateries.

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  • Ratanga Junction

    2. Ratanga Junction, Cape Town, Western Cape

    Located in Century City just 10km from central Cape Town, Ratanga Junction is one of the Mother City's main attractions. Boasting over 30 attractions, 24 of them are daring, gravity-defying rides with names like The Cobra, Monkey Falls and The Slingshot. Operating seasonally during the school holidays, this park offers great holiday fun for the entire family.

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  • Gold Reef City

    3. Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Located on an old gold mine in the heart of Johannesburg, Gold Reef City is themed around the gold rush, which began in the Witwatersrand in 1886. The theme park is home to some of the most thrilling rides in the southern hemisphere and offers an abundance of adventures for families to enjoy.

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  • Sun City

    4. Sun City Theme Park, North West Province

    Located 200kms from Johannesburg, this popular tourist attraction, known world-wide for its exotic entertainment options, remains one of the North West Province's main attractions. Offering a large number of family-orientated leisure and entertainment options, Sun City is a popular destination for both local and international amusement park fans.

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  • Adventure Land Plett

    5. Adventure Land, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

    Adventure Land offers fun for the whole family. Located between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna with easy access off the N2, the park is filled with water rides and activities, a playground area, as well as braai and picnic facilities.

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  • Wild Waves Waterpark

    6. Wild Waves Waterpark, Port Edward, Kwa Zulu-Natal

    Situated just 90km from Durban, the Wild Waves Water Park at the Wild Coast Sun in Port Edward has water rides that will excite all ages, from tiny tots just getting their toes in the water, or an adventure-seeking adrenaline junkie! This water park is guaranteed to get your pulse racing.

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  • Plett Puzzle Park

    7. Plett Puzzle Park, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

    Situated on Oakhill Farm in Plettenberg Bay, the Plett Puzzle Park offers visitors something slightly different by testing both the body and the mind. For those looking for amusement with a bit of a challenge, this is the best place to go.

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  • Splash Waterworld PE

    8. Splash Waterworld, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

    Splash Waterworld is a fantastic water park set in an enclosed grassy area on Kings Beach in Port Elizabeth. Open on weekends and during school holidays, this park offers super-tubes, speed slides, Lazy River slide, as well as kiddies' slides. There's also a takeaway kiosk and braai areas.

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  • Wavehouse Gateway Durban

    9. Wavehouse, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

    Located at Gateway's Theatre of Shopping on Umhlanga Ridge, Wavehouse Durban is South Africa's hottest entertainment venue. The Wavehouse is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts; offering an asphalt pump track for BMXers and skateboarders, SA's largest super-tube, the endless wave of the Flowrider, and hours of fun for kids in the Toddler Zone.

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  • Splash Waterworld Toti

    10. Splash Waterworld, Amanzimtoti, Kwa Zulu-Natal

    Dubbed by locals as "Toti's best kept secret", Splash Waterworld waterpark provides the whole family with a full day's entertainment. Situated on Amanzimtoti Main Beach, its combination of speed and body rides caters for both adrenaline junkies and the less adventurous.

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