8 Ways To Give Your Dad An Experience He Won’t Forget This Father’s Day

These memories last a lifetime.


Megan Flemmit |

Forget Iron Man, Black Panther and Batman, the first hero you ever knew was probably your father. He made you laugh, taught you how to ride a bicycle, and stuck by you through the tough times. Now it’s your turn. Be his hero by showing him how much you appreciate him.

Getting him a gift might be the first thing that comes to mind, but sharing an experience with him is an even better idea. It will live on in both your memories long after that bottle of whisky you were thinking of getting him would have been finished. So whether you’re an only child or want to get your siblings involved, it’s an experience he’ll never forget.

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1. Beer Yoga

If both you and your old man live in the gym, Beer Yoga makes for the perfect active rest day. Find your balance, stretch your muscles, and strengthen your bond, while enjoying a cold one.

Where: MyUtopia, Cape Town.

2. Brunch Cruise for Bikes

Get your adrenaline pumping by heading to Zwarkops Race Track. They’re hosting the Brunch Cruise for Bikes, where you can test drive your motorbike on their course. It’s suitable for anyone, whether you’ve just gotten your bike, or if you’ve grown up chasing dirt roads with your dad.

Rider instructors are available if you need a few pointers. Bonus: They have a kiddies section, so bring your little ones along while you enjoy the ride.

Where: Zwartkops Race Track

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3. The Motor Show

If your Dad prefers four wheels to two, take him to the V&A Waterfront Motor Show. Let his wildest dreams come true as he settles behind the wheel of a Porsche, McLaren or Aston Martin and races on the Killarney race track. Satisfy your appetite afterwards by taking him to one of the many restaurants situated around the mall – just make sure you book beforehand.

Where: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

4. Head To A Market 

The best part about markets is the variety of food on offer. If your old man likes to eat, a market is the place to go. You can sample different types of cuisine, while looking at arts and crafts. Who knows? You may just find a gift for your dad while you’re browsing the markets’ wares. Most markets also have live entertainment, making it fun for the whole family. It also doesn’t require dressing up like that fancy restaurant you were thinking of.

Where: Shimmy Beach Club – Cape Town, The Weekend Market – Johannesburg, Shongweni Farmers And Craft Market – Durban

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5. Go Fishing

Wake up before the sunrises, grab your fishing rods and head out to your nearest fishing spot. Enjoy the quiet of the water while taking a break from the bustle of the city. Then make a day of it by taking your catch home and having it for lunch.

Where: Go to your usual spot, of if you’re a newbie find one here.

6. Braai With A Twist

Spice up your usual braai routine by outsourcing the work to someone else. You get all the perks of a great braai – good food, booze and of course, bonding time with your old man – minus the argument of whose turn it is to be braai master. You also won’t have to worry about cleaning up afterwards.

Where: Radisson Red in Cape Town, CASA at The Ritz in Seapoint, Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Johannesburg, Vasco’s Restaurant at the Hilton in Durban.

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7. Driving Range

Whether you’re a complete amateur or the next Ernie Els, taking your father to the driving range can be a fun experience for both of you. Spend some time bonding while you work on your swing. An added perk is that it’s a great way to unwind and reduce your stress levels. You’ll both leave happier men, with an improved handicap.

Where: Find the closest range to you, here.

8. Grab Your Bike And Hit The Trails

Mountain biking is a fantastic way to bond with Dad and with nature. There are a number of mountain bike trails around the country, ranging from beginner and family-friendly to those suited for the more skilled. Click here for a number of such trails, aptly labelled “The WOW Rides”, pump up the tyres and get pedalling. Not only is it a great day out for father and son, but a healthy one too.

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