The ultimate mini-vaca: Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells

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With snow stuck to the ground and chilly temperatures reddening midwestern noses, Old Man Winter seems to be winning. Double down on a retreat at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells: a smart bet to beat the winter blues. Families can recharge their batteries on a vacation that is close to home, without taking extended time off of work, pulling kids out of school or breaking the bank-no expensive airfare required.

"Kalahari is a great destination for families looking to get away. Kalahari offers an authentic experience unlike any other in the surrounding areas," said Travis Nelson, Kalahari spokesperson. "Due to Kalahari's unique attractions, family fun activities, outstanding accommodations, unmatched customer service and reasonable prices, families can create memories without opening their wallets too wide."

Keen on the idea of running a family business, Todd Nelson opened the first Kalahari resort in 2000 and, to this day, the Kalahari Resorts (one in Wisconsin Dells, Wisc. and one in Sandusky, Ohio) remain in the Nelson family. In addition to being family owned and operated businesses, the Kalahari Resorts provide a unique experience due to the authentic African-themed atmosphere.

"Every year, the Nelson family scours the markets of Africa to choose unique art, indigenous carvings, exotic masks, artistic glass pieces and handcrafted furnishings," said Nelson. "There are more than 500 pieces featured on display throughout each resort."

Everything a guest needs for an easy, exhilarating and enjoyable stay is available at the resort; there is no need to leave the property or go on a hunt for food or provisions. Even the pickiest eater will be satiated at one of the nine different dining options.

"Experience exciting Las Vegas-style dining and entertainment at Kahunaville Restaurant & Bar, take in the fun and comfortable atmosphere of Great Karoo Food & Spirits-with a spectacular view of Wisconsin's largest indoor watermark, or enjoy a relaxing cocktail at Ivory Coast Lounge," said Nelson. "For coffee lovers, savor a hot cup of cappuccino along with favorite breakfast treats at Java Maniaro. Guests can also tempt their sweet tooth at the Sweet Hut or grab a quick snack at one of the many water park dining locations."

Visitors will love the indoor theme park: 1,000 square feet of multi-generational fun-complete with bumper boats, ropes courses, laser tag, a six-story Ferris wheel, an African-themed carousel, bowling, go carts, mini golf, arcade games and much more. The biggest attraction, however, is Kalahari's indoor water park.

"Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells boasts Wisconsin's largest indoor water park," said Nelson. "Guests can take a ride on America's first indoor super loop waterslides, taking them on a 250 plus foot journey from high above the room of the water park to the water below. Visitors can also enjoy the 570 foot, 35 second thrill-ride called, The Master Blaster, relax in America's longest 920 foot lazy river, and learn to surf on the popular FlowRider. For little kids, the indoor water park also features a state-of-the-art kid's play zone called, Tiko's Watering Hole."

Break up the monotony of winter and treat your family to the vacation they deserve. If you act fast and stay overnight between now and April 10, you could even be randomly chosen to win a Kalahari African Safari to the Republic of South Africa.

"We've always prided ourselves on providing our guests with an authentic African experience, and this African safari giveaway allows us to extend that experience to the place that inspired our uniquely themed water parks in the first place," said Nelson. "This is our chance to bring the beyond expectations Kalahari experience full circle for one lucky family. They may even visit some of the same places the Nelson family has come to love and treasure during our annual excursions to this beautiful and inspiring continent."

For more information on the Kalahari Resort or the chance to win an African safari, visit