Kalahari Resorts Awards Michigan Family African Safari Trip

America’s world-away waterpark extends authentic African experience

with spring break promotion 

Kalahari Resorts, home to America’s largest indoor waterparks, today named the winner of its African Safari Spring Break promotion, a Detroit, Mich., wife, mom and professional photographer, Natalie Houde. She and her daughter, Emily, were guests at Kalahari Resorts - Sandusky in April visiting with friends for the first time. Houde is thrilled to be traveling to the Republic of South Africa with her family, as her husband, Sean, has spent

 three-and-a-half years in the Horn of Africa as a deployed civilian in support of the Combined Joint Task Force for the U.S. military.

“We loved our stay at Kalahari over Spring Break and love it even more now that we’ve been awarded this incredible opportunity,” Houde said. The Houde family will receive a travel allowance for airfare, resort accommodations and activities with a retail value of about  $22,000 provided by Kalahari Resorts. “We’re looking forward to visiting Africa and creating new memories as a family,” she added. “The safari is going to be amazing, and a special highlight will be seeing Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, as it is such a huge part of South Africa’s history.” As a professional photographer focused on capturing life’s most celebrated moments, the safari trip will also give her access to some of the world’s most beautiful landscape, wildlife and scenery, a camera buff’s dream come true.

The Kalahari African Safari Spring Break sweepstakes began Feb. 14 and ended April 10. The winner was randomly selected from a pool of nearly 48,000 eligible entrants, including guests staying at Kalahari during the sweepstakes period.

African-themed Kalahari Resorts, with waterparks in the Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky, Ohio, is privately held by the Nelson family. The resorts’ theme and décor was inspired by the family’s love of the African continent’s land and culture.

"We are happy to have this opportunity to offer this trip-of-a-lifetime to the Houde family,” says Travis Nelson, spokesperson for Kalahari Resorts.  “Our family’s annual visits to Africa have had a tremendous influence in shaping the Kalahari resort experience. Just as we have, we

know that the Houde family will come away with unforgettable memories from their world-away African encounter.”

Kalahari Resorts offers families a memorable and unique full-service vacation experience. To learn more about special offers, resort happenings and activities, visit us on Facebook or at Kalahari Resorts .

For additional information and details about the giveaway, resort, high-resolution images and quotes, please contact, Kelli Hartsock, khartsock@jaobsonrost.com or 312.274.3346. Interview opportunities with Kalahari Resorts are also available upon request.

About Kalahari Resorts

Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and Sandusky, Ohio, deliver a “world-away” waterpark resort and conference experience beyond expectations. The authentically African-themed Kalahari Resorts, privately owned by the Nelson family, are home to America’s largest indoor waterparks. All Kalahari Resorts feature well-appointed guestrooms, full-service Spa Kalahari, a fully equipped fitness center, on-site restaurants, unique retail shops, and a state-of-the-art conference center. Kalahari Resorts and Convention Centers frequently receive awards and accolades for our guest and convention services. Recent recognition includes: selection as one of the nation’s Top Family Resorts by Family Fun magazine for 2013, receiving the Daily Herald’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Indoor Waterpark, being named the Best Conference Center in the state by the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association, and selection as the Corporate Meeting Destination of the Year by Cleveland Business Connects magazine. For reservation and guest information, call 1-877-KALAHARI (525-2427) or visit:  KalahariResorts.com . To learn more about Kalahari Resorts, members of the media are encouraged to visit  KalahariMedia.com

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