Forget the usual cheesy mug, socks, soap on a rope and tie this Father’s Day and treat your dad to an unforgettable breakaway instead. There is nothing better than grabbing a pub lunch or walking the greens at a golf resort together, so why not enjoy some bonding time with your dad this year?
Read on for some fantastic ideas that might inspire you to treat your pops this Father’s Day.
Visit microbreweries on the “Beer Route” to Magalies
Several microbreweries exist between Johannesburg and the North West. Take some time out with dad in pursuit of “hoppiness” as you prepare to sample some of the Gauteng’s best brews. Start in Fourways at Copperlake Brewing Co. then onto Gilroy’s authentic village pub atmosphere. At Brauhaus Afrika (Brauhaus am Damm) stop to sample a pilsner and fill up your food tank on genuinely good German grub. Overnight in Magaliesburg and tomorrow, you can head off to try some local watering holes like; White Dog Taproom and Black Horse Estate.
Get your golf on at Sun City
Stay at one of Sun City’s luxurious hotels and feel like Ernie Els as you walk the greens where golfing legends have played before. Relax after your round at the Valley of Waves and soak up the sun with your feet in the sand. If you like, you could cool off on the slides or wave pool. After which, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants that Sun City boasts or give lady luck a try at the slot machines or roulette wheels.
Sample magnificent wines in Stellenbosch
Sip your way through the never-ending vineyards of Stellenbosch. For a bit of excitement, why not challenge your dad to experience it on two wheels. Cycling through this region is something to savour, but there are still those uphill’s to overcome! On second thoughts perhaps a Segway would be a better bet. Stellenbosch, with its ancient oak trees and white Dutch buildings, is ideal for sightseeing on foot to truly enjoy its small-town appeal, before settling in on a leisurely meal at one of the bustling restaurants.
Settle around a campfire with some not so rustic camping
Ah… the great outdoors. Nothing beats a break from big city lights. Camping gives you a sense of freedom, but it’s a lot of work and can be somewhat rustic. We have the perfect solution; go glamping! Glamour camping (glamping) is all the fun you get out of camping with way less hassle. Think luxurious tented suites with plush king-sized beds, open-air showers, wood-fired hot tubs, fire pits not to mention air-conditioning and central heating. Enjoy all the luxuries as well as the open space without having to use a spade once!
Road trip along the Garden Route
The world-famous Garden Route is a serendipitous combination of unspoiled beaches, winding lagoons and indigenous forests interspersed with welcoming towns, and a single, incredibly scenic, ocean-hugging highway that guarantees a road-trip of unforgettable four-wheeled adventure. Stretching for almost 200 km through the Western Cape between Mossel Bay and Storms River, the route is great for seasoned road-trippers as well as newbies. Enjoy the pit stops along the way that showcase the area’s unapologetic natural beauty and experience the homegrown welcoming hospitality. The hardest part will be agreeing on whose playlist should be listened to along the way.
Fly Fish in Dullstroom
With winter kicking in, there’s no better time to escape to the cosy hamlet of Dullstroom. Whether dad is an angler or not, this is a great experience to enjoy together. At the local fishing shop, The Village Angler, you can purchase your fishing licence and stock up on flies (as well as get inside tips on the best places to fish). With so many trout dams dotted throughout Dullstroom, there’s a good chance you may catch the big one and have your own story to tell one day.
Be fuelled by adrenaline on the Vaal
The Vaal is bursting with exciting activities that are sure to bring out the inner child in your old man. A world of adventure is right on your doorstep with; water sports, game drives, fishing, hiking, sky diving, hot air ballooning, wine tasting, boat cruises, paintball, quad biking, abseiling, white water rafting, archery and even bungee jumping. There will never be a dull moment on your trip to the Vaal and with so much action-packed adventure you’ll have to make sure you use every minute to the fullest.
Escape winter and head to sunny Durban
When we all have boots on, Durbanites are still in their slops and shorts, because even though it’s winter in the rest of SA, tropical Durban never disappoints when it comes to longer sunny days and warm weather. There’s something for everyone when it comes to hotels, whether you are on a budget or wanting to splash out, Durban’s wide variety of accommodation options are close or centrally located to many attractions like the Botanical Gardens, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Ushaka Marine World and much more.
Whiskey and Jazz in Cape Town
What could be better than whetting your whistle while the wild Atlantic Ocean and iconic Table Mountain set the scene? Cape Town may be famous for its wine, but there is a burgeoning whisky scene with some exceptional venues to enjoy this golden elixir. Pair that with Jazz, a celebrated form of poetic expression, and you have a match made in heaven. The Mother City boasts a wide variety of jazz clubs and events, including the much anticipated annual Cape Town Jazz Festival. This is where jazz is most lit. Stay at one of the many exceptional hotels right in the heart of the city. Or choose something a little on the outskirts.
Whatever you decide on, one thing is for sure, this will be a Father's day, he’ll never forget and with Father’s Day just around the corner, be sure to book your escape soon!