Kalahari Resorts and Conventions broke ground on Kalahari Resorts Round Rock, a $550m, 350-acre African-themed waterpark and convention centre, in Round Rock, Texas, US.
Kalahari Resorts Round Rock, the company’s fourth resort in the city of Round Rock, is scheduled to open in 2020.
The project will include 1,000 guest rooms, including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, featuring residential suites; a 223,000ft² indoor waterpark, the largest in the US; a 200,000ft² convention centre; and outdoor pools spanning three acres; and 10,000ft² of retail space.
The modern convention centre will include 40,000ft² and 27,000ft² ballrooms, 16 meeting rooms, a full-service business centre and 50,000ft² of outdoor event space.
The project will feature several attractions, including Tom Foolery’s Adventure Park that will offer more than 80,000ft² of thrill rides, ropes course, climbing walls, indoor zipline, bowling, laser tag, and mini-golf; and Spa Kalahari and Salon.
It will also offer a variety of dining options, including Double Cut Charcoal Grill, Kalahari’s signature steakhouse experience; Mondo Sortino’s, which includes an Italian Kitchen, Pizzeria and Gelato shop; and 5 Niños Tex-Mex restaurant.
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions owner Todd Nelson said: “Kalahari is thrilled to bring our authentic African resort experience to the south.
“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.”
The Round Rock resort marks the company’s foray into the southern market and fourth Kalahari Resorts and Conventions location.
The other three properties are in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; Sandusky, Ohio; and the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania.
Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said: “We’re delighted to have Kalahari break ground in Round Rock, Texas. This will be an amazing destination for our citizens, as well as families and convention guests from across the state and across the country.”