Recently, with my daughter and her friend, I went to the Wave Valley in Sun City, a resort in the northwestern province of South Africa.
Sun City is about 230 kilometers from Johannesburg. The resort is huge, with an array of luxury hotels including Lost City, Cabanas and Cascades.
It offers a variety of activities, including game drives [at the nearby Pilanesberg Playground and Bakubung Game Park], gambling, bird watching, hiking, elephant and horseback riding, golf courses and some water sports.
We didn’t want to spend our limited time racing around the resort trying to do everything. So we decided to spend most of our time at the beach, participating in spring break activities.
For a week in September, a mobile company whose activities I follow host a week during which families can come play, watch extreme water sports and relax. People can also go on day trips because of the event being broadcast live on radio and TV.
Unlike her college-related cousin, this spring break includes a clean family party, with toddlers, kids at school and teens playing together in a variety of ever-changing groups. Parents, grandparents and other family relationships may choose to dive in the water or participate in organized games.
I wanted to include elephant rides in our program, but the girls overpowered me, insisting that I get too busy playing in the water to bother with stinking elephants. I also doubted that they were a little afraid of approaching the "wild animal" so I did not insist. Maybe I'll do it next time we come.
Here are some of the activities we did:
1. He gave surf lessons and then chased the waves “It felt weird at first, standing on the beach aisles, knowing full well that the ocean was hundreds of miles away. But artificial surf can be high on this small pond, and parents and children can have a lot of fun diving underwater or riding on a wave.
2. Rock climbing learned – In the midst of the natural rocks surrounding the beach area, it is ironic that the designated climbing area should be man-made. But the kids have climbed so much as if they have climbed into the real work, so I'm not complaining.
3. He played some volleyball, made some hoops – Teenagers among diverse family groups were happy to gather younger kids and teach them games or run some competitions.
4. He swam by a lazy river – The river ride was quiet and peaceful, until the stone monkeys on the river's edge began splashing water into my face. The girls thought it was funny to watch me suffer and turn, trying to avoid the water. Huh!
5. You went by a water slide down a steep hill – The person on the slide must be at least 1.2 meters high, so that my friend's daughter, who is also nine years old but much shorter, could not move. So, we did not dwell on this activity.
6. Observed demonstrations – The formal program included demonstrations of water skiing and surfing, as well as the dance routines of the cheering squad. The dancers, who were mostly students, were pretty good; their figures have shaped well enough to accelerate the heartbeat of many teens.
7. Read the novel, work on it a little – Reading by the shore with water is a very difficult job, especially when the heat is beating you, urging you to fall asleep for a minute or ten. I also brought a notebook and pen and then took notes of the trip afterwards.
8. I shot some monkeys – On the first day of our stay we got lost on the way to our hotel. I do not know how I managed to do this, because the resort was such that I had to leave the beach, through the entertainment area to the front entrance of the Cascade, where we were staying. But somehow we found ourselves in the back of the hotel, watching the monkeys wander through the trash cans and chase each other among the trees. We were very careful not to approach them, but we took as many pictures as we could without scaring them away.