You don’t need to head to the ends of the earth to find awesome ways to treat your dad. Look no further than your own backyard. South Africa has some pretty incredible options for the adrenaline loving dad to the relaxed fine dining dad. Have a look at our list for Local Ways to Celebrate this Father’s Day:
Dad will love you for this one! Strap in for a bumpy ride in one of the full rally spec cars, including Subaru, Nissan, BMW or VW Rally Cars under the supervision of a professional rally pro. First you’re a passenger on the rally track, and then you’re the driver!
R3 450 pp
Enquire through their site.
If a long, lazy French-style lunch is what you’re after this Father’s Day, head to Les Delices de France for a three course gourmet meal, with plenty of options to choose from. Indulge in the likes of savoury chicken liver cake, rib eye steak, braised oxtail, soup de jour and delicious desserts like baked apples and choux pastry.
Contact 011 027 8668
Treat Dad to lunch at the Ocean Terrace at the Oyster Box Hotel, perched on the Umhlanga’s beachfront. Enjoy a complimentary draught beer when ordering the slow roasted beef short rib.
Contact 031 514 5018
Take to the skies bucket-list style with Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris. Sip champagne over the Cradle of Humankind, the Magalies River Valley and mountains, taking in the sweeping vistas before indulging in a breakfast buffet back on terra firma.
R2 150 pp
Contact 011 705 3201
Wander with the gentle giants of Africa at SA’s third largest national park, Addo Elephant Park. Home to over 600 undisturbed elephants, you can take a guided game drive around the national park and witness these beautiful beasts in their natural habitat. It’s also the only park in the world to officially host the Big 7 (the Big 5 plus the Southern Right Whale and the Great White Shark), so keep a look out for them too!
You’ll need a permit for this one, with bookings at R300 pp (2 pax minimum).
Contact 042 233 8657
Get your irie on with Africa’s only toboggan track! Perfect for your thrill seeking pops, each sled takes two people straight down a steep stainless steel track, bending around 17 corners, a few S-bends and a tunnel! You get to control the speed too, with a max speed of 40km/ph. It’s eco-friendly fun!
R350 for a family combo of 20 rides
Contact 021 949 4439
Indulge your rugga-loving dad at the interactive Springbok Experience Museum. Get to know all the trivia, view famous trophies and memorabilia, watch over 60 audio visual displays and be entertained with skills test games including kicking, passing, fitness and reaction skills in the Springbok Trials zone, and then don’t go home without visiting the flagship store.
R65 per adult
Contact 021 418 4741
Enjoy a luxurious buffet menu at the refined Terrace restaurant at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. Feast on a range of starters, mains that include a variety of meat, veg and seafood dishes and the dessert table that is not to be missed!
Contact 011 804 2540
The annual FNB Whisky Live Festival is heading to Cape Town this Father’s Day weekend, so it’s the perfect way to pamper your pops! Experience some of the world’s best whiskies in a plush, boutique showroom-style setting.
Book via their site.
Let dad sit out of braai duty this time and be pampered by world class chefs. Indulge in their special Father’s Day 3 course lunch, including salads, a variety of braaied meats and a dessert table.
Contact 031 332 8190
Spoil dad with a premium craft beer tasting at the Devil’s Peak Taproom. Enjoy their locally crafted experimental ales, IPA’s and Saisons while making your way through their hearty grub menu. The Woodhead Pulled Pork Sandwich is a must!
Contact o21 200 5818
Adrenaline junkies ahoy! Take dad on a trip above the trees at Storm’s Bridge, Tsitsikamma. Zipline in all weather conditions above the tree canopy on one of 8 slides, the longest of which is 211m long! You’ll be zigzagging across cables above rivers, rocks and trees, controlling the speed of your descent. Plus, if it’s your birthday you’ll get a complimentary zipline.
Book via their site.