It's that time of year again: time to spoil your superhero dad. The following is a list of some things to get up to in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town with the family this Father's Day.
Father’s Day in Johannesburg
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
Is your family in need of some fresh air and sun before winter truly sets in? Take a trip to the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens.Grab your ball, bikes and a picnic lunch, and take dad for an exploration through the gardens spanning 81 hectares. You can even pack your fishing rods and try your luck for some carp or barber in the nearby streams.
Entrance is free. For more info visit: www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php
Love a little competition? Go a for a go-kart race against your family. Enjoy the wind through your hair as you skid around corners at lightning speed. Or simply cruise at the back and enjoy the drive.
Price is R80-R250. Book at 086 146 5278 or email az.oc.enilnodlrow@trak-upmoc
The zoo cares for over 320 different species of animals on its large, leafy estate. Monkey it up with their big gorilla, or keep it mellow with the antelopes.
You may also visit the farm yard and pet some farm animals like the Shetland pony or Nguni the sheep.
R75 per adult and R46 per child. Tel: 011 646 2000.
Father’s Day in Durban
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Send your dad to new heights with the sky adventure walk or the sky cable car that takes you all around the Moses Mabhida Stadium. For the truly brave, take the leap and do the big rush swing, right across the centre of the stadium. For a more relaxed day, check out the for all-ages jungle gyms, or try out a Segway gliding tour.
Book at 031 582 8242 or email az.oc.nabrudsmm@nozududn
Bike and Bean
Does your dad love coffee and enjoy cycling? At Bike and Bean, you and the family can hire bicycles and ride along the promenade. Or, if you’re feeling daring, you could hire rollerblades, skateboards or tandem bikes. After getting the heart pumping, return to Bike and Bean for some lunch and Origin African coffee.
Tel: 082 773 6870 or visit www.bikebeandurban.com/index.html
Umgeni Steam Railway
Take dad for a ride on an authentic steam train. The journey takes riders right along the edge of the Valley of 1000 Hills, which has some of the most breath-taking views in all of KwaZulu-Natal. Trips are on the first and last Sunday of every month and seats fill up fast, so be sure to book in advance.
R200 per adult and R140 per child. Tel: 082 353 6003.
Father’s Day in Cape Town
Men’s Market at Shimmy Beach Club
Peruse the products and food stalls at the Father’s Day Men’s Market at Shimmy Beach Club. Here, dad can enjoy Jameson Whiskey tasting, men’s fragrances, cars and motorbike displays and more.
Tel: 021 200 7778 or email az.oc.bulchcaebymmihs@ofni
Springbok Rugby Museum
Take your dad to the modern and interactive Springbok Rugby Museum. The museum is at the V&A Waterfront, so you may choose to go for a spot of lunch and a stroll around the harbour afterwards.
R65 for adults and R40 for scholars. Families of four pay a total of R180. Tel: 021 418 4741 or email az.oc.ybguras@ecneirepxekobgnirps
Saints at Eden on the Bay
Saints at Eden on the Bay’s offers massive burgers and 40+ craft beers on tap. Eat, relax and enjoy the view of the bay and Table Mountain.
Tel: 021 554 9709 or email az.oc.tniojregrubstnias@kcor