While she’s certain to appreciate a massive bouquet of flowers or a cosy pair of slippers, what mom really needs is a break! If you’re hoping to give her something extra special this year, how about a memorable getaway? Here’s our pick of the best Mother’s Day experiences in Mzansi!
Wine pairing in Franschhoek
Many moms love nothing more than winding down with a glass of wine in the evenings, so a laid-back visit to the Cape Winelands is sure to go down a treat! The French-inspired town of Franschhoek is a firm favourite, particularly because it is home to many of the most luxurious and respected wine estates in the district. Along with classic wine tastings, visitors can also savour a variety of exciting wine pairing experiences. These experiences include charcuterie, wine and MCC pairings at Môreson, and oysters and MCC, and Angel’s Tears and nougat, at Grand Provence, to name a few.
If you’re looking for the perfect base from which to explore your surroundings, you can’t go wrong with a stay at Dream Hotels & Resorts’ Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa. The onsite spa is another fantastic opportunity for mom to indulge in the finer things in life and get in a decent dose of ‘me-time’.
Game drives in the Kruger National Park
Sometimes, it’s the peace and quiet while on holiday that really makes an escape worthwhile. If mom is in search of some silence and solitude, a few days in the Kruger National Park should definitely be on the cards. She can stroll along scenic wilderness trails, scope out the ‘Big 5’ at sunrise on a bumpy game drive, or simply enjoy a braai and an ice-cold beer at a luxurious lodge. Ulusaba Safari Lodge is extremely popular – did you know that the only way in which to access some of the rooms here is via a swing bridge?
Keen to book a few nights at Ulusaba? Save up to R6000 per person, courtesy of Flight Centre’s Live. Love. Travel deal, up for grabs until 29 November 2021. You’ll also benefit from the brand’s Moneyback Guarantee, covering all domestic hotel bookings.
Retail therapy in Cape Town
Some travellers visit Cape Town for the funky, cosmopolitan vibe. Some visit Cape Town for the attractions in the form of Table Mountain and Robben Island. Ultimately, no matter what drew you to the Mother City in the first place, there’s no escaping the pull of retail therapy adventures to be had in practically every direction that you turn. Why not pay mom back for all that pocket-money over the years with some fabulous shopping vouchers? Set her free to explore the V&A Waterfront or Canal Walk Shopping Centre, followed by a chatty lunch for two.
Looking for a base nestled right in the heart of Cape Town, and perhaps hoping to linger a little longer than just a few days? The Cape Milner ticks all of the boxes, in the heart of the city but nestled in a leafy residential neighbourhood, with some fantastic special offers.
A cruise in the Mediterranean
You can’t get further away from the noisy city than by hopping onboard a cruise ship and taking to the seas! If mom has always wanted to go on a cruise, now is the perfect opportunity to make her dreams come true.
“Now is the best time to book for later,” comments Nick Wilkinson, Regional Vice President Business Development Middle East & Africa for Norwegian Cruise Line. “If you’re unsure whether you’re going to be able to cruise in 2021, bookings are open for 2022 and 2023. Not only will cruisers have peace of mind surrounding their booking, but they’ll be able to take full advantage of dramatically reduced rates, too.”
The popular contemporary cruise line recently announced a further restart of its operations in Europe from the homeports of Barcelona and Rome with previously scheduled port-intensive itineraries to the Mediterranean and Greek Isles beginning in September 2021. If a cruise has always been on mom’s bucket list, there’s never been a better time to make it happen.
Are you ready to make Mother’s Day totally unforgettable this year? If mom always insisted that she didn’t have a ‘favourite’ child, she might be changing her mind come the 9th of May!