Image: PixaBay Instead of getting dad yet another pair of socks or a tie, why not treat him to some exceptional experiences that will help him make memories to last a lifetime? If you’re not sure where to start looking, we’ve rounded up five unique and wonderful things to do with dad in Cape Town this Father’s Day.
1. Take dad downhill
You and dad can enjoy some downhill thrills on this adventure with Scoot Tours. This is not an extreme sport and is very family friendly. It will, however, still give you and your dad kicks if you’re an adrenaline junkie. These tours take place on the slopes of Table Mountain, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. If you’re further out, there are Knysna and Drakensberg options, too. It’s a thrilling adventure for dads!
Cost: Driver Ticket (10 yrs and up): R 590; Passenger Ticket (4-9 yrs): R 290
For more info: https://scootours.co.za/
2. Take dad out for lunch
All over Cape Town, there are a number of places serving up lunch for Father’s Day. If you, however, want a lunch with a view, then it’s definitely Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront that you need to consider. The hotel is hosting a Jack Daniels Boardwalk Buffet, created especially for the leading man in your life. One lucky dad could even win a lucky Jack Daniels hamper on the day. The hotel barman, AJ Snetler, has crafted an exclusive cocktail which can only be ordered on the day. Dubbed “The GodFather”, the ingredients include Jack Daniels, Disarona Amaretto, Amarena Cherry and Angostura Bitters. Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront hotel chef, Chef Norman, has created a menu inspired by Jack Daniels (aka JD) and dad is bound to be delighted by what’s on offer.
Cost: R455 per person and includes a small gift for dad. Children under the age of five eat with our compliments and children aged 5 to 12 receive a 50% discount.
For more info and to book: +27 (0)21 441 3000 or [email protected]
3. Take dad on a beer tour
If dad is a beer lover, then tour of the Newlands SAB Brewery is perfect for him! The tour takes guests on an interactive journey and explores the rich history of beer over the years. Guests will learn about Jacob Letterstedt, who built the original Mariendahl Brewery, the country's oldest commercial brewery, and pop into the Jacob Letterstedt Pub. The tour runs on weekdays at 10am, 12pm and 2pm and Saturdays at 10am.
Cost: R30/person and includes two complimentary drinks. Booking is essential, and no under 18s are allowed.
For more info: http://www.sab.co.za/post/the-sab-story/newlands-brewery-2
4. Make a social impact with dad
If your dad is one who enjoys giving back to the community and learning about other communities, then he should try one or two Airbnb Social Impact Experiences. Airbnb Experiences are tours or excursions that are led by passionate locals wanting to share their hobbies and skills with visitors. Social Impact Experiences are led by NGOs and organisations that work towards a good cause. 100% of what the guests pay on Social Impact Experiences goes back to the person, NGO or organisation. Examples of some amazing Cape Town ones include a Townships Indigenous Garden Experience with Ikhaya Garden. On this Experience guests learn about organic gardening and indigenous plants as well as about permaculture ethics and the history of Khayelitsha, the fastest growing township in South Africa. Another one is a Paddle with the Penguins Experience where guests will join AfriOceans on a kayaking experience around Boulders Beach penguin colony. Here you will learn about the amazing work that AfriOceans does.
Cost: Varies depending on the Experience
For more info: https://www.airbnb.com/s/experiences
5. Make dad laugh
Laughter is the best medicine, right? So, why not treat dad to a good laugh at the Cape Town Comedy Club? On Father’s Day, the Cape Town Comedy Club is hosting a pizza night, so you can indulge in some good pizza while being treated to jokes from the likes of Eugene Khoza, Tracey Klass and more. A good laugh with the leading man in your life is always a memory to treasure.
Cost: R60 for the ticket; R95 - R125 for the pizza
For more info: http://capetowncomedy.com/