May 18, 2018
Work is officially underway on its first resort in the South, the Kalahari Resorts Round Rock in Texas.

"Kalahari is thrilled to bring our authentic African resort experience to the South," said Todd Nelson, owner of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. "As the Round Rock property begins construction, we look forward to contributing to the local economy and sharing our beyond-expectations approach to hospitality with area vacation-goers, conference attendees, and local guests throughout the region."

Located on 350 acres about 20 miles north of Austin, the Kalahari Resorts Round Rock will be the company's fourth property, joining existing resorts in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Sandusky, Ohio; and Pocono Manor, Pa. Scheduled to open in 2020, it will feature nearly 1,000 guest rooms, including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites; outdoor pools spanning three acres; five restaurants; 10,000 square feet of retail space; a spa and salon; a 223,000-square-foot indoor water park that Kalahari says will be America's largest; and an 80,000-square-foot adventure park with thrill rides, a ropes course, climbing walls, an indoor zipline, bowling, laser tag, and mini-golf.

For groups, there will be a 220,000-square-foot convention center, which will include two ballrooms totaling 40,000 square feet and 27,000 square feet, respectively, plus 16 meeting rooms, a full-service business center and 50,000 square feet of outdoor event space.

"We're delighted to have Kalahari break ground in Round Rock," said the city's mayor, Craig Morgan. "This will be an amazing destination for our citizens, as well as families and convention guests from across the state and across the country. We're proud of the partnership we've forged with Kalahari and can't wait for the grand opening."