Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Seven lekker local spots to take Dad this Father’s Day

Looking for some fresh and exciting ways to spoil your Dad? Read on, we’ve got you covered.

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Gear up for Father’s Day on 16 June. Mother’s Day has just passed, and now it is Dad’s turn.

Swop flowers for fishing and cashmere for craft beer and spoil Dad with either of these local, seriously lekker travel experiences.

Coffee in the Cape

Not even many locals can say they’ve sampled all of the Cape’s finest coffee spots. If caffeine is how Dad loves to fuel up, tick off some of Cape Town’s finest coffee hangouts. Visit the best coffee shop in the world, the steampunk-themed Truth Coffee in the Cape Town CBD. Best in the world?

Yes, really. In 2016, British newspaper, The Telegraph, named Truth as the best coffee shop in the world.

Also recommended are Haas Coffee and Deluxe Coffeeworks in the CBD, Jarryds in Sea Point and, moving south, Starlings in Claremont and Olympia Café in Kalk Bay.

Father’s Day: Big Five and Braai in the bush

Help Dad embrace his inner Bear Grylls with a trip into the bush. Choose from any one of the lodges in the Pilanesberg, Madikwe, Welgevonden, Marakele or the Kruger National Park, easy to access from Johannesburg.

Learn to track spoor, spot the Big (and Little) Five, test your birdwatching skills and toast a successful day of survival in the bush with a cold one around the campfire at sundown.

“When searching for a bush break deal, check out our Local Package Guarantee deal,” said Sue Garrett, General Manager Product and Marketing at Flight Centre. “If you happen to find a cheaper local package quote elsewhere, we will beat it by R100. Should we not be able to beat it, we’ll give you a free night’s accommodation on us.”

Garret’s personal safari favourite?

“The Madikwe Game Reserve, renowned for its population of endangered African Wild Dogs,” she insists.

Fly-fishing on Father’s Day in the Drakensberg

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Drakensberg / Image via Flickr: South African Tourism

If Dad is a keen
angler, then a getaway to the Drakensberg to enjoy some of the best fly-fishing
in SA is the perfect Father’s Day catch. The many dams and rivers of this
lush corner of the country house Rainbow and Brown Trout, among other species.

The Drakensberg is
fantastic year-round,
although angling experts advise that September to October and late March to May
are best for fly-fishing when the water is colder and the trout are actively

Surf and sun in Durban

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Durban Beachfront / Image via Flickr: South African Tourism

If salty and sun-kissed is how you know your dad, head off to eternally sunny ‘Durbs’ for a surf and sun break. Tackle the waves in the balmy Indian Ocean or, if you’re not quite that brave, enjoy the waters at uShaka Marine World on Durban’s Golden Mile. The theme park celebrated its 15th year on April 30. For more on this year’s #uShaka15 birthday celebrations and specials, visit their website.

And if you’re in
Umhlanga, the whole family can chase the perfect man-made waves at Wave Park in

Road trip the rugged Wild Coast

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Hole in the Wall, Wild Coast / Image via Pixabay

If Dad’s idea of an idyllic family break involves roughing it on a road trip, the Wild Coast is real bucket list stuff. The 250 kilometre long stretch of unspoiled Wild Coast, stretching from East London up to the KwaZulu-Natal border, transports you into rural Eastern Cape, where life goes on at a leisurely pace.

Intrepid explorers can discover the Hole in the Wall, work up a sweat on the many hiking trails, deep sea fish, spearfish and marvel at the beautiful landscape of cliffs dotted with traditional Xhosa rondavels and cows.

Base yourself in the ‘biggest’ towns of Coffee Bay and Port St Johns or try local accommodation in one of the villages.

The weather is good, even in winter.

Craft beer in Clarens for Father’s Day

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Between Clarens en Fouriesburg, Eastern Free State / Image via Wikimedia Commons

Nestled at the
foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State, a little more than three
hours by car from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, lies the quaint town of
Clarens. It is a popular place for city slickers to disconnect from the Wi-Fi signals and reconnect with nature, family and

It has also
earned a well-deserved reputation for its beautiful mountains, particularly in
the autumn months, arts and crafts and a host of hiking trails and outdoor

If Dad loves a good brew of the non-caffeinated variety, hop on over to the Clarens Brewery. It is one of the first Brew-Pubs and Distilleries in South Africa and offers eight standard ales as well as seasonal favourites – a reason to return every season!

While the adults sip their brew of choice,  little ones can enjoy a free tasting of apple or cherry juice, made fresh from the fruit of surrounding orchards.

The whole family
can also saddle up on their choice of transport to explore the outdoors – be it a
mountain bike, horse or quad bike.

Golf along the Garden Route

The Garden Route is a gem for golfers. Practise your swing at Fancourt, the Pezula Golf Club or Oubaai. Each course is beautiful and has its own appeal.

Pezula’s award-winning 18-hole golf course is listed 17th on the Top 100 Golf
Courses in South Africa for 2018/2019 by Golf Digest, and boasts jaw-dropping
views over the Indian Ocean.

Fancourt offers
three Gary-Player designed golf courses to choose from. Fancourt Links
currently holds the number-one spot as the best golf course in the country,
according to the Golf Digest list. It is exclusive to The Links Private Club
members with limited tee times available for guests of the Fancourt Hotel and
Manor House.

Oubaai’s Golf Course
is the first Ernie Els signature golf course in the country. Sandwiched between
the Outeniqua Mountains and the ocean, it promises golfers some exciting challenges.

Celebrate the
coming of winter and spoil Dad – and the whole family – with one of these awesome getaways
enjoying the best of the South African outdoors. 

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