So, looks like mother’s day has come and gone but father’s day is going to sneak up on us before we know it. This year father’s day falls on Sunday the 16 June (banish those ‘when is father’s day?’ questions!), giving, you a month to organise something epic for dad. Here are some ideas for Father’s Day breaks; three themed weekends away to make your dad feel really extra special this father’s day.
#1 Take your dad fishing
Whether your dad is already a fishing fanatic or has merely expressed an interest in trying out the sport, this could be a good weekend theme. All the fishermen we know laud the sport’s value as a meditational exercise where you can be truly alone with your thoughts. Being out in the fresh air alone does wonders for the psyche.
- Dullstroom –Mpumalanga
Dullstroom is sometimes referred to as the fly-fishing suburb of Johannesburg because of its proximity to the city and its popularity with Joburgers. It’s high altitude means you can expect cold, misty mornings and the freshest air you can imagine.
- Arniston – Western Cape
The picturesque fishing village of Arniston is about 3 hours from Cape Town, making it a convenient weekend getaway. It is a great place for collecting shells on the beach and the angling is said to be top-notch. If you’re not going to be fishing with dad, you can stroll on the beach and take in the beautiful scenery, meaning everyone wins.
- Midlands – Kwazulu Natal
If you don’t already know, the Kwazulu Natal Midlands are as scenic as they come. Just a few hours from Durban and a stone’s throw from Pietermaritzburg, the sense of calm brought about by the rolling hills, indigenous forests and large, still dams might come as a surprise.
The Midlands are renowned for trout fishing and the Midmar Dam is a popular spot for doing just that. The Midlands Meander is also a great way to fill your days there.
#2 Give your dad the opportunity to indulge his love for 4x4ing
So maybe your dad is a 4×4 enthusiast or just likes to dabble. Problem is he needs to get out of the city to indulge in the sport and there are always more pressing things to do that prevent a weekend away. Why not treat him to a weekend of over-landing if he won’t do it himself?
- Groot Toren Trail – McGregor, Western Cape
This trail is a roughly 25km loop that is touted more for the views than the technical difficulty. It climbs 1000 metres over the Riviersonderend mountains and offers up some spectacular views of the Breede River Valley as well as taking you through some beautiful fynbos. The loop takes about 3-4 hours.
There is also hiking, rock-climbing and mountain-biking nearby.
- Berakah Trail – Vredefort Dome, Limpopo
The Vredefort Dome is the ancient site of a meteorite crash and today boasts a diversity of vegetation and landscapes. It is 14km from the picturesque town of Parys which lies on the Vaal River. The 4×4 trail is about 14km long and takes in a variety of scenery and road conditions. Overall the trail is quite tough but passes numerous sections of varying difficulty ratings. The trail can be completed over one or two days.
- Sani Pass – Drakensberg, Kwazulu Natal
Sani Pass is one of 3 mountain passes connecting South Africa and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The pass consists of steep climbs, hair-pin bends pot-holed roads and steep drops as the trail clings to the mountain side. Once you get to the top you’ll need a passport to be able to visit the highest pub in Africa.
Sani Pass is just a few hours from Durban and so makes for an easy weekend adventure.
#3 Let him soak up a hot-spring experience
Maybe your dad isn’t a ‘doer’and prefers to vegetate on his weekends. If that’s the case, these hot-springs locations are perfect. He can vegetate in a novel way (inside a spring) and benefit from the healing powers of the warm, mineral infused waters. Plus, these towns are both pretty special in their own right(s).
- Montagu hot springs – Western Cape
The itsy bitsy town of Montagu has a number of hot springs with temperatures up to 43°C. The waters are mildly radioactive and are said to have healing properties for complaints like arthritis and general aches and pains. Even if you’re suspicious of the ‘healing properties’, there’s no denying that sitting in a hot spring, especially in a spa setting is relaxing!
Furthermore, Montagu is a scenic little town, has some great outdoor activities on offer and has a thriving little culinary scene too.
- Bela Bela hot springs – Limpopo
Bela Bela is situated on the N1 between Pretoria and Polokwane. Like Montagu, the hot-springs are renowned for their healing properties. The water is infused with limestone minerals including sodium chloride and calcium carbonate. But, like at Montagu, the springs are great for relaxing and provide quite a novel experience even if you’re not sold on the healing powers.
Bela Bela is situated in a game reserve-rich part of South Africa so when you’re not soaking in the springs, you can get some game-viewing in.
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So, do you like any of these ideas for father’s day? Do you have a better idea? Do share in the comments below.