Kalahari vs Great Wolf Lodge: Discover the Differences

Kalahari vs Great Wolf Lodge is often a topic debated by indoor water park visitors. It’s really a question of what the individual family prefers, as far as water park size, features and resort amenities.

Kalahari Resort – Poconos

This comparison guide will focus mainly on the Pocono resorts in Pennsylvania, but some of the information can be used to compare other locations of Kalahari and Great Wolf Lodge. However, each locations water parks and amenities vary.

Great Wolf Lodge Entrance
Great Wolf Lodge – Poconos

For exact amenities lists, it’s best to view the Great Wolf Lodge or Kalahari website of the locations you are comparing.


Both resorts have themed rooms that accommodate a wide-range of family sizes from two queen rooms to much, much bigger.

Kalahari Room

Kalahari seems to have a bit more of a selection when it comes to very large rooms. Kalahari even has a five bedroom suite that can have a maximum of 22 guests.

Great Wolf Room
Great Wolf Lodge Room – Poconos

Both resorts also have bunk bed suites with small alcoves just for the kids. Great Wolf seems to have more of a variety of theming for these bunk bed suites.

Great Wolf Lodge Wolf's Den
Great Wolf Lodge – Wolf’s Den Room

Kalahari vs Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Great Wolf Lodge’s water park continues their wildlife theme. Kalahari’s water park does the same, except with a jungle theme.

Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

The Poconos and Williamsburg Virginia location both have a small indoor wave pool. The Poconos Great Wolf Lodge location has more kiddie water slides than the Williamsburg location.

Great Wolf Lodge Toddler Area
Great Wolf Lodge – Toddler Area – Poconos

The Kalahari wave pool is much bigger than the Great Wolf Lodge wave pool. Kalahari also has a wide variety of types of water slides – drop slides, mat racer, raft slides, etc.

Kalahari – Mat Racer

Great Wolf Lodge has more traditional tube, body slides, and a bowl slide. Both resorts in the Poconos have a water coaster.


Great Wolf Lodge is known for their MagiQuest game. This is an interactive game that has players moving throughout the Lodge on quests. “Magic” wands are needed for this game, and there is a fee to activate them for a certain period of time.

Great Wolf Lodge MagiQuest
Great Wolf Lodge MagiQuest Store

Great Wolf Lodge also has activities that vary with the timing of your stay. Activities could include yoga, character appearances, crafts, a nightly Forest Friends show, story time, and a dance party.

MagiQuest Great Wolf
MagiQuest Play

Great Wolf Lodge also has a small bowling ally, gem mining, outdoor ropes course, arcade, and glow golf.

Great Wolf Lodge Bowling
Great Wolf Lodge Bowling

Kalahari activities and attractions differ with each location. Kalahari also has crafts, escape room, mini golf, mini bowling, and arcade.

Crafts at Kalahari
Crafts at Kalahari

Decor and Theme

Both resorts are well-themed throughout the resort rooms and the water parks. Both resorts also have onsite dining that continues the decor.

Great Wolf Lodge Lobby
Great Wolf Lodge Lobby

Great Wolf Lodge has a woodland creature and forest theme, while Kalahari has an African theme.

Kalahari Resort Market


The overnight costs for both of these resorts can vary widely throughout the year. Try getting on the email lists of both of these resorts to learn about the discounts they offer throughout the year. Both resorts have also utilized Groupon for deals. Check there and compare prices with their website to find the lowest prices for your stay.

Resort Size

The entire Kalahari Resort is enormous. Note that it may be quite a walk from your room to the water park, or any other destination on the Kalahari Resort campus.

Great Wolf Lodge is smaller than Kalahari. While the hallways of rooms may still be a bit long, it’s not as vast as Kalahari.

Kalahari vs Great Wolf Lodge

After learning about the aspects of both of these resort, which one will your family choose? It may come down to a simple question: How old are the children in your party?

Kalahari Kiddie Slides

If there are any older children in your party, around 10 years and older, then they may not appreciate the kiddie theming that runs through Great Wolf Lodge. Kalahari still boasts plenty of kiddie water slides, but it also has more thrilling slides for older children.

Kalahari Kiddie Area

Another Water Park Option in the Poconos

Keep in mind there’s a third indoor water park resort in the Poconos: Camelback Mountain Resort. Here’s a comparison guide for all three of these resorts.

Aquatopia Wave Pool
Camelback Mountain Resort

Enjoy your family vacation at one of the great indoor water park resort choices in your area!

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