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Things to do this Father’s Day

Go on a camping trip, taste top whiskies, play indoor golf, plus gift ideas

Last updated: Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Father’s Day: The day on which we show our dads just how grateful we are for their odd jokes and big hearts. Take him for a camping trip or a whisky tasting, feast on steaks or burgers, play a round of putt-putt and 6 other ways to make him feel special. Plus, some cool gift ideas for this Father’s Day. 

TREAT HIM TO A STEAK HE’LL REMEMBER FOREVER

Treat Dad to a meat-appreciation platter, served with brandy or rum. For its edgy steampunk veneer, Char’d Grill & Wine Bar menu is surprisingly refined with wet or dry-aged meat cuts, juicy burgers and even some vegetarian dishes. Taste Cape Brandies, locally produced, craft Dark rums or some tequila while enjoying your meal. 

Date: Daily, 11am to 9.30pm
Cost: Menu prices vary


Shop 4 Village Square | Hermanus | 028 312 1986 | Instagram: @chardhermanus | Image: Char’d Grill

GO CAMPING FOR THE WEEKEND 

Head to Swellendam for an action-packed camping weekend with Dad. Take part in a potjie competition, tree-planting ceremony or do yoga together with the family. You can also join the drumming circle, take part in story-telling sessions, fireside games and other fun-filled activities. Tickets include all activities, breakfast and dinner. Camping not your style? There are beautiful resorts and guest houses close by.

Date: Thursday to Sunday, 16 - 19 June 2022
Cost: Day passes from R220, full weekend from R1 200 (ticket sales close 16 June 2022), book here


Gaia Sanctuary | Swellendam | @the_gaia_sanctuary | Image: Gaia Sanctuary 

TAKE A WHISKY TOUR AROUND THE WORLD

Step into a modern 1920s-style speakeasy bar, where you can taste over 800 whiskies from around the globe. Opt for a tasting of six different whiskies (you can choose according to your taste and budget) and pair it with a charcuterie board. Then end it all off with a cigar at the stylish Whisky Library in Durbanville.

Date: Monday to Saturday, 11am - 9pm; Sundays, 12pm - 7pm
Cost: Price differs according to tasting options


10 Wellington Road | Durbanville | 066 558 1953 | Instagram: @the_whisky_library_sa | Image: The Whisky Library

CHALLENGE HIM TO AN ESCAPE ROOM

Between a sinking shipwreck, cursed treasure or a decrepit hotel riddled with a murder mystery, this escape-room experience is a great way to spend the day with Dad (no matter his age). Find the clues and escape under 60 minutes, plus there's a fun play area with a cafeteria at HintHunt Africa in the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront.

 
 
 
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PLAY INDOOR GOLF AND EAT PIZZA

Taste unique boutique wines, make your own gin or dine on steak or pizza at Misfits by Ideas Cartel. With its trendy design and chilled atmosphere, Misfits is a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It even has an indoor-golf area. Or opt to make your own gin

Date: Sunday and Monday, 7am - 5pm; Tuesday to Saturday, 7am - 10pm
Cost: Menu prices vary


74 Prestwich Street | De Waterkant | Instagram: @misfits.ct | Image: Misfits

TASTE LEBANESE AND NORTH AFRICAN CUISINE

Ghenwa’s Culinary Club is hosting a special feast for all fathers. On arrival you will receive an Arak drink, followed by a 3-course meal. Try the cheese rekakat phyllo-pastry rolls, slow-braised lamb neck and a Kataifi pastry for dessert.

Date: Sunday, 19 June; starts at 12.30pm
Cost: R600 for adults, R250 for kids


TREAT HIM TO A LAVISH LUNCH  

Treat Dad to a special meal at Beyond, set on a gorgeous wine farm in Constantia. From rare-breed meats and seasonal, heirloom vegetables to artisanal cheeses, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Afterwards, walk around the family-run estate and take in the breathtaking surroundings.  

Date: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm - 2.30pm; Tuesday to Thursday, 5.30pm - 8pm; Friday and Saturday, 6pm - 8pm
Cost: Menu differs


Buitenverwachting Wine Farm | 37 Klein Constantia Rd | 021 794 0306 | Instagram: @restaurantbeyond | Image: Beyond Restaurant 

PAIR A VINTAGE VIEWING WITH KERRIE VETKOEK

You’ll find everything from old petrol pumps and road signs to veteran motors and sewing machines from the 1900s at Toeka Stoor & Coffee Shop, even what beauty products looked like way back then. Treat Dad to South African favourites, such as bobotie pies, “ouma se kerrie vetkoek”, jaffels, and “moerkoffie” in a tin cup. Plus, there’s a kiddies play area and farm animals roaming the grounds.

Date: Wednesday to Sunday, 9am - 4pm
Cost: Free entry


Toeka Stoor & Coffee Shop | Paarl | @toekastoordomainebrahms | Image: Toeka Stoor 

FEAST AT A CARVERY IN ONE OF SA’S OLDEST PUBS

Foresters Arm or ‘Forries’ offers a Sunday Carvery with succulent cuts of meat, fresh seasonal veg and all the delicious extra trimmings, or you could opt for a wood-fired pizza instead. Relax and drink draught beer, of which there is plenty (Forries is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for selling the most beer in the Southern Hemisphere), while the kids play on the jungle gym outside. 

Date: Sundays, 12pm - 9pm
Cost: Menu prices vary


Foresters Arms | 52 Newlands Avenue | Newlands | 021 689 5949 | Instagram: @forries_sa | Image: Foresters Arm

LET DAD WIN AT PUTT-PUTT

Here’s something kids and dads will love: Voilà Café & Crêpes, in Durbanville is the perfect spot for a family outing. Kids can build their own crêpes, while parents enjoy some classic French pastries. Since you’re there, you may as well play some putt-putt at the 18-hole miniature golf course adjacent to Voilà.

Date: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 4pm; Sunday, 8am - 2pm
Cost: Putt-putt is R50 for adults and R40 for the kids; café prices from 


22 Viridian Street | Burgundy Estate | Durbanville |  074 901 2966 | Instagram: @voila_creperie | Image: Voilà Café & Crêpes

PLUS CHECK OUT THESE GIFT IDEAS:

  • Design a personalised shirt for him. Pick the colour, style, fit and print. You can even add your own design or image at Pic-a-tee

  • Buy a case of wine from a boutique winery (only sold online or in-store). The Fishwives Club in Kalk Bay is having a fantastic sale. Or opt for a gift card (prices start at R50). 

  • Buy Dad something quirky from a local brewery. Afro Caribbean Brewing Company has just launched the Space Llama beer, only sold at Banana Jam Café in Kenilworth.

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DISCOVER MORE WAYS TO TREAT DAD

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Snack on platters while smoking a cigar at Blix Tavern.

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