Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What are the phone numbers for the Resort and departments?

Toll-free Reservations: (877) 525-2427 
Local: (419) 433-7200 

Concierge: (419) 433-7200, ext. 34089 
Group Sales - Main: (419) 433-7759 
Group Sales - Weddings: (877) 642-6847 
Group Sales - Waterpark: (419) 433-4958 
Spa Kalahari: (419) 433-7900 
The Reserve Restaurant & Bar: (419) 433-7600

Where can I find directions to the Resort?

Click here for a general map and directions, a form for door-to-door directions as well as address and GPS coordinate information.

Where is the nearest major airport?

The nearest major airport is Cleveland Hopkins International, located in Cleveland, Ohio, approximately 45 minutes from the Resort.

Is shuttle service available?

Yes, please call Kalahari's Concierge at (419) 433-7200, ext. 34089 for scheduling and pricing.

Is there free parking?

Yes. When you visit Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, you won’t need to worry about finding a spot to park or paying for parking. We have space and it’s free!

Is there valet parking?

Yes. Valet parking is available.

What is Kalahari?

Kalahari Resort & Conventions are full service vacation destinations including meeting & convention facilities that share the magic of Africa. Our water & family entertainment centers, luxury spa and adventurous restaurants deliver beyond expectations. We pride ourselves on having something for everyone, whether you’re 3, 83 or anything in-between, you’ll have a blast visiting with us.

When did Kalahari open in Ohio?

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Sandusky officially opened its doors on May 20, 2005.

Where can I find media information?

Please email Media@KalahariResorts.com or call (312) 274-3349.

Where can I get Donation Request Information?

Please click here to find out donation request program.

Where can I explore employment opportunities?

Click here to find out more info on joining our team.

RESERVATION QUESTIONS

How can I make a reservation?

To make your reservations online, please click here or call 877-KALAHARI (525-2427). Don't forget to check out our Specials & Packages.

Is a deposit required at the time of reservation?

Yes, Kalahari is an advance deposit Resort requiring the first night's lodging plus applicable taxes and resort fee to be charged at the time of reservation.

What is the cancellation policy?

Reservations canceled 72 hours or more prior to the date of arrival receive a refund of the deposit, minus a $25 cancellation fee.

Reservations canceled within 72 hours of the date of arrival forfeit the entire deposit.

Dates of stay may be rescheduled at any time without fee, though rates may fluctuate. After rescheduling a reservation to a new date, any future cancellation of that reservation will be charged a cancellation fee equal to the original first night deposit.  This fee applies regardless of how many days from arrival that cancellation takes place. Rescheduled reservations are subject to current rates, availability and restrictions.

 Can extra guests be added at check in?

Yes, up to the maximum number of Guests allowed in compliance with your selected room style.

Can a reservation be made for someone other than the credit card holder? (Letter of Authorization)

Yes. In order for a guest to check-in other than the person whose credit card was used to make the reservation, the following steps are required:
  1. Click here to open and print the Credit Card Authorization Form.
  2. Complete the form in its entirety, including the signature of the credit card holder.
  3. Obtain photocopies of the front and back of the credit card used to make the reservation as well as the credit card holder's photo ID. Please note that the back of the credit card must have the card holder's signature.
  4. Fax the completed Letter of Authorization form, photocopies of the front and back of the credit card and card holder's ID to: (608) 254-6116 and address to the attention of Reservation Coordinator.

Is Waterpark admission included with overnight stays?

Yes, admission to America's largest indoor waterpark and the outdoor waterpark (seasonal, weather permitting) is included for each registered hotel guest!

Are pack 'n plays and/or rollaway beds available for rental?

Yes, pack and plays are available and complimentary for guests. Rollaway beds are available on a limited basis for $12 per night based on room style as not all room styles will accommodate the space required.

Are wheelchairs and/or strollers available for rental?

Yes, we have EVC scooters, wheelchairs and strollers available at the concierge desk on a first come, first served basis for a daily fee. These items can be picked up at check-in and must be returned at check-out.
  • EVC Scooters - $35 per day
  • Wheelchairs - $15 per day
  • Single Strollers - $7 per day
  • Double Strollers - $9 per day

Can I request to have rooms located next to each other?

If you are making the reservation for both rooms you may request for the rooms to be located next to each other, however this cannot be guaranteed until check in. 

If you are requesting to have your room located next to that of one reserved by someone else, we require both parties to make this request independently. This can be done via email or by each calling Reservations at 877-525-2427 (please be sure to have your confirmation number available). Once both parties have confirmed, the requests will be added to the reservations, but cannot be guaranteed until check in.

What is the Resort Fee?

The Resort Fee is a mandatory daily fee of $19.99 to cover the costs associated with providing the highest level of amenities for our guests. To view what is included in the fee please view our Resort Fee page.

RESORT QUESTIONS

What are the check in and check out times?

Check-in begins at 4:00pm. Should you arrive as early as 12:00pm, you can pre-register and begin to enjoy the Waterparks. Check out is no later than 11:00am. After you have checked out, if you have the time, we invite you to stay with us to enjoy the Waterparks and the many other great Kalahari amenities and services available. 

Guests staying between December 15 and Memorial Day are invited to use the waterpark until 3:00pm. From Memorial Day through December 14, guests are invited to use the waterpark until it closes for the day.

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately, except in those cases of companion animals trained to assist individuals with disabilities, pets are not allowed at the Resorts.

What are the typical room amenities I can expect when staying at your resort?

All rooms include a microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, iron, ironing board, in-room safe, complimentary Wi-Fi, remote control television with cable, alarm clock, voice mail system, hair dryer, luxurious bath amenities and admission to the waterparks.

Are there places to eat while on property?

There are three full-service restaurants featuring varied exceptional cuisines as well as several other dining options. Check out Where To Eat.

Is there a Spa and/or Salon?

Yes. Spa Kalahari & Salon is located on property.

Are kid’s activities available?

Yes. Camp Kalahari highlights family fun daily.

Are there retail shops available?

Yes. We there are multiple and varied retails shops on property. Including resort and logo wear, African art and items, kid-focused items, sundries and more.

Are Pay-Per-View movies available in Guest Rooms?

Yes, a variety of movies and programming are available on a Pay-Per-View basis.

Can DVD/Blu-ray players or videogame consoles be connected to the televisions in the guest rooms and suites?

We apologize, however due to contractual obligations with our 'Pay-Per-View' provider, DVD/Blu-ray players and videogame consoles are not able to connect to the televisions in our guest rooms and suites.

Is Internet access available?

Yes, free high-speed ethernet and wireless access is available in each of Kalahari's Guest rooms and suites.

How can I secure my valuables while staying at the Resort?

A safe is provided in each guest room for securing valuables. Lockers are also available for use at the Waterpark. Please note that Kalahari is not responsible for lost or stolen items while staying at the resort. Please make sure that upon vacating your guest room, you have throughly checked for any misplaced items.

Are allergy or allergic menu options are available in Kalahari's restaurants?

A variety of allergy-free dining options are available. Please consult your server for details.

Are laundry facilities available?

Yes, laundry facilities are available and conveniently located for our Resort guests.

Is smoking permitted within the resort or guest rooms?

Smoking is not permitted in any enclosed public areas, including guest rooms and suites.

What is "Clean The World"?

Kalahari has partnered with Clean The World to recycle soap and shampoo products for distribution to impoverished people, helping to prevent the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every day.

WATERPARK QUESTIONS

Can I use the waterpark without staying overnight?

Yes, please click here to order Waterpark passes online.

Are lockers available for the Waterparks?

Yes, lockers are available to rent on a first served basis for $20.00, this includes a $12.00 rental fee plus a $8.00 deposit. The $8.00 deposit is refunded when key and receipt are returned.

Are life vests required and available?

Yes, life vests are required for all children under 48". At Kalahari Resorts, the safety and security of our guests is our number one priority. In our indoor and outdoor Waterparks, Kalahari is proud to meet, and in many cases, exceed state and federal guidelines for Waterpark safety. Although many children possess excellent swimming capabilities in standard pools, Kalahari Resorts requires all children under 48" to wear a life vest for added safety while enjoying our Waterparks. You are encouraged to bring your own life vest if it is well fitting and U.S. Coast Guard approved. Complimentary life vests will be available in the Waterpark on a first come first served basis.

What are the Indoor and Outdoor Waterpark ride and attraction rules?

Waterpark Safety Rules and Procedures 

  • Life vests are required for all children under 48". At Kalahari Resorts, the safety and security of our guests is our number one priority. In our indoor and outdoor Waterparks, Kalahari is proud to meet, and in many cases, exceed state and federal guidelines for Waterpark safety. Although many children possess excellent swimming capabilities in standard pools, Kalahari Resorts requires all children under 48" to wear a life vest for added safety while enjoying our Waterparks. You are encouraged to bring your own life vest if it is well fitting and U.S. Coast Guard approved. Complimentary life vests are available in the Waterpark on a first come first served basis.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • State law prohibits any food or beverage to be brought in from outside the Waterpark.
  • Section 1711.551 of Revised Ohio State Code requires that riders must obey all warnings and directions regarding attractions and behave in a manner that will not cause or contribute to injury to themselves or others.

Click here to view complete Indoor Waterpark safety rules.
Click here to view complete Outdoor Waterpark safety rules.

Are outside coolers, food or drink permitted into the Waterparks?

Unfortunately, outside coolers, food or drink are not permitted into the Waterparks. However, there are many dining options both outside and inside the Waterparks for your enjoyment. For more information please visit Where to Eat.

Are Waterpark towels available?

Yes, towels are provided for Waterpark guests.

Are changing rooms and showers available for the waterpark?

Yes, men's and women's showers and changing facilities, as well as family changing facilities are available.

What are the hours of the Indoor Waterpark?

America's Largest Indoor Waterpark is open as follows: 

Monday through Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (opening 10:00 a.m. for day pass guests)
Sunday - 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (opening 10:00 a.m. for day passguests)

Hour subject to change. Some holidays, peak periods and weekends may feature amended hours of operation.

 Are there water activities for toddlers and smaller children?

Yes, Kalahari Waterparks features many activities for smaller children including slides, geysers, interactive elements and more.

When are swim diapers required and are they available for purchase?

Swim diapers are required for all children under the age of 3 and all children who are not toilet-trained. Swim diapers are available for purchase from Kalahari retail.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PARK QUESTIONS

Can I use the Outdoor Adventure Park without staying overnight?

Yes, please click here for pricing information.

What are the Outdoor Adventure Park ride and attraction rules?

Safari Outdoor Adventure Park Safety Rules and Procedures

  • Section 1711.551 of Revised Ohio State Code requires that riders must obey all warnings and directions regarding attractions and behave in a manner that will not cause or contribute to injury to themselves or others.
  • A parent or legal guardian must sign waiver for participants less than 18 years of age.
Click here for SOAP rules and safety information.

Are outside coolers, food or drink permitted into the Adventure Park?

Outside coolers, food or drink are not permitted into the Theme Park. However, there are many dining options both outside and inside the Theme Park for your enjoyment. For more information please visit Where to Eat.

What are the hours of the Adventure Park?

The Adventure Park, including the Climbing Wall, Ropes Course and Zip Line is open from 10:00am to dusk, Memorial Day through Labor Day; weather permitting. 

Some holidays, peak periods and weekends may feature amended hours of operation.