With Fathers Day around the corner (21st June 2015), have you finalised your plans?
What does he fancy?
A fishing trip in the Midlands perhaps?
A 4×4 adventure at Sani Pass?
Good, old fashioned classic braai at his favourite spot?
How about a round of golf at the Durban Country Club?
A sunset Game Drive ? (See previous post about Rain Farm Game and Lodge)
Whatever you decide, I am certain it will be executed with love and exceptional thoughtfulness!
Here are a few more ideas.
Getaway Magazine put together a lovely list of things to do with a brief description and helpful contact details as well (see below). You can read more of their national ideas here:
Braai by the sea – Sun Coast Towers, Durban
With architecture that mirrors the classic Art Deco of Miami and boasting spectacular sea views, this is the perfect spot on Durban’s Golden Mile to treat a surfer Dad to a braai buffet. R275 per person. Tel 031-314-7884.
Lunch and game viewing – Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa, Illovo
Leave the city behind and take Dad for an hour’s drive through the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal to Gwahumbe Reserve. Once you are there, enjoy a buffet lunch in the Boma Restaurant followed by a game drive where you are likely to spot rhino, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, hippo and antelope. R250 per person or R95 per person for lunch only. Tel 031-781-1082.
Eat like a king – Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom, Hillcrest
Dress Dad up as a knight, king, jester, monk, or wizard and head to the castle for a banquet and some rollicking fun. Eat as much as you like from their buffet lunch served in the medieval tradition with fine wines and ale. R160 per person, R80 for kids. Tel 031-765-9400.
5-star braai – Hotel Izulu, Ballito
This 5-star boutique hotel is putting on a lavish braai smorgasboard. Dad can enjoy swordfish steaks, lamb sosaties, peri-peri chicken, beef steak, oxtail potjie and boerewors along with stylish salads and vegetables. Then there’s Milk Tart, Malva pudding and a selection of cheeses and preserves to round off the Father’s Day celebrations. R180 per person, R80 for kids under 12. Tel 032-946-3444.
Pig out in style – The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga Rocks
Treat Dad to colonial charm that starts right from the moment step through the grand revolving door. Take in the view of the ocean and the famous red and white lighthouse from The Ocean Terrace while you dine on roast pork served with traditional accompaniments, roasted potatoes and vegetables. R220 per person. Tel 031-514-5018.
Tapas for Papas – Makaranga Garden Lodge, Kloof
If Dad appreciates beautiful gardens, Tapas for Papas is the answer. 30 acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens with 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall await your discovery at Makaranga, along with the largest collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa as well as hand selected Italian sculptures. Order a picnic basket with pizza, wraps, nibbles and dessert, find the perfect spot near a stream and tuck in! R380 per basket (for 2-4 people). Tel 031-764-6616.
Trainspotting and vintage vehicles – Inchanga Railway Museum, Inchanga
If your Dad is a train-spotting kind of guy with a love of vintage cars, take him to Inchanga Station, where he can view locomotives from the steam era and a selection of vintage cars on the platform. After building up an appetite, tuck into a buffet lunch in the Tea Garden. R110 per person, R65 for kids. Tel 083-226-1024.
Carvery with a view – Pot And Kettle, Hillcrest
The Pot And Kettle is well known for its tasty home-style cooking served with breathtaking views of the Valley of 1000 Hills. Dad will love their three-course Sunday Carvery with soup, salads, two roasts, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and delicious desserts. There’s also live music and at R105 a person it’s a lunch you can afford. Tel 031-777-1312.
Wishing you all the best in your planning and let me know if you need any help 😉