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Gauteng is currently in the midst of summer. Rather than trying to fan yourself constantly, take the smart path to coolness and dodge the sweltering temperatures by dipping into one of these crystal-blue pools scattered around our metropolises.
There are jumping castles, a foefie slide, braai spots, goats, rabbits, ponies, sheep and a koi pond at this family-friendly destination. That means there’s a lot going on, but when the mercury pushes past 35°C, we’re sure all you and your kids will be interested in is the pools, water slides and dam. If you are not keen on running after the little ones under the hot Highveld sun, Zambibush has you covered. There is a kiddies’ area that is enclosed for the safety of the children, and this means Mom and Dad get the one thing every parens wants more of: peace of mind.
40C Dennis Street, Kenley, Tshwane
Booking essential: 084 504 3481 (via WhatsApp)
Charges: R80 adult day visitor; R60 child (two to 12) or pensioner day visitors.
The name really speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Wild Waters Boksburg is where you need to be if you are trying to cool off while visiting (or living in) Ekurhuleni. Spread a blanket on the grass and enjoy some nibbles in one of the pretty picnic spots while the kids get grubby in the enclosed sand area. If that’s not enough to keep them busy, the exhilarating water activities are what Wild Waters is all about. There’s a wave pool, a super tube, a speed slide and kamikazi slide; or you could brave the raging rapids. It truly is worth a quick drive out of Joburg.
1 Margaret Road, Bardene, Boksburg
Tel: 011 826 6736
Charges: R155: eight years and older; R85: two to seven years
Pyramid Day Spa
We suggest you get a babysitter for this one. Pamper yourself and your partner with stress-relieving treatments at the Pyramid Day Spa, right on the edge of the old Johannesburg city centre. It’s a nice idea for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? When you arrive at this Egyptian-themed haven, you won’t believe you have stepped off the industrial streets of the largest city in South Africa into a quiet oasis. A winner at the 2014 World Spa Awards, this opulent spa has a pool right next to the lounge area, where you will find guests lazing around in vivid white dressing gowns. Slip into your bikini and dip your toes.
96 Eloff Street Extension, Village Deep, Selby, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 493 5526
Ellis Park Swimming Pool
There are three pools in this complex.The Olympic-size pool is perfect if you are after channeling your inner Chad le Clos. This is where Iron Man contestants come to eat up the laps. Then there is a children’s splash pool, as well as a quieter adult’s pool. On weekends the atmosphere is festive, with families braaing on the grass banks and taking a splash when everything starts to sizzle.
Cnr North Park Lane and Erin Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 402 5565
Charges: R10.50 adult; R5.50 children
Moletsane Public Swimming Pool
This Soweto municipal pool is the place to be come summer weekends. There are braai facilities on hand and the kids have a paddling pool to themselves. There's a huge amount of much fun in the sun to be had, and parents have the extra help of on-hand lifeguards. There are swimming lessons on offer during the week.
286 Mokgatla and Mokakola streets, Moletsane, Soweto
Tel: 011 932 4031