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Bonding Experiences to Share with Dad This Father's Day

Bucketlist experiences, lunches and buffets

Last updated: 11 June 2019

Twenty experiences for every kind of father this Father’s Day, on 16 June, plus there are a bounty of buffets and luscious lunches.

TOPLESS IN CAPE TOWN
Ever wondered how dad could buy you all that expensive stationary but couldn't afford to upgrade his old jalopy? That's probably because the money he would've saved for his dream muscle car was going into your education. Make it up to him with a trip around Cape Town in a drop top, 4.2l, V8 sports car. Think roaring engine, wind in your hair, full speed ahead along the west coast road in a AC Cobra Sports Car.
Cost: R2850(full-day experience), R1500 (sunset experience)

48 Rose Street | Schotsche Kloof | +27 (0)83 666 8321 | matt@cobraexperience.co.za 

LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE GIG
If you and dad are fans of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, or just share a love of rock ‘n roll, then take him to see some of South Africa’s most talented musicians paying tribute to Led Zeppelin. Musicians include members of Wonderboom, Prime Circle and Van Coke Kartel. Doors open at 1:30pm and the show starts at 2:30pm. Tickets will also be available at the door, if they’re not sold out by then. Send a mail to pre-book a ticket.
Cost: R150pp

Hillcrest Quarry | Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville | bookings@oothoosthuizen.co.za

FLY FISHING IN FRANSCHHOEK
Fish for trout in the Wemmers River, which runs through La Ferme Accommodation. There are also four dams stocked with trout, small- and large-mouth bass, carp, some witvis and tilapia. All fish are catch and release. You don’t need to book and are welcome to bring a picnic basket along or take your grill and have a braai.
Cost: R50–R130pp

Franschhoek | +27 (0)63 776 4441 | alexinblighty@gmail.com 

INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING
Experience the thrill of rock climbing without the danger of falling (the experienced staff will make sure you’re safe). Hangtime Climbing Gym has custom-built walls, dedicated bouldering areas and top-end training facilities. All levels are catered for, whether you’ve done it before or are a complete beginner at Hangtime climbing gym.
Cost: R70–R110pp

Pinelands & Bellville | +27 (0)74 134 8981 | climb@hangtime.co.za

ADRENALIN-FUELED PAINTBALL
Join the regular Social Sundays action at Ground Zero Paintball (definitely one for the whole family, not just dad) and fire some paint at your foes in a friendly environment. Spectators are welcome to watch and have a braai while taking in the combat scenes. If you bring your own marker, entry is R60; R40 if you bring your own paint.
Cost: R240pp

37 Zonnekus Rd | Morningstar | +27 (0)83 443 5074 | info@groundzeropaintball.co.za  

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS
Find out how close your dad will get to a fully grown lion. Several lions, in fact. And a rooikat, a leopard and Bengal tigers. Take him on a cool big cats experience at Vredenheim Wildlife & Winery, where he gets in for 50% less on Father’s Day at Vredenheim Animal Farm in Stellenbosch.
Cost: Normal price: Animal Farm: R45 per kid, R25 for adults, Big cats: R75 for adults and R50 for kids
Baden Powell Drive | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)83 391 5510 | carli@vredenheimanimalfarm.co.za

COSY DINNER IN CAMPS BAY
Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with three different gin and tonics, alongside a roaring fire in Camps Bay. There will be live music by singer-songwriter and indie-rock/pop producer Emrhys Stead, who will perform a solo set of original and cover songs. Bookings only at The 41 in Camps Bay.
Cost: R385pp

41 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | +27 (0)21 437 0558 | info@the41.co.za  

A WILD BUFFET
Savour Ouma’s bean soup served with vetkoek or dig into a hearty oxtail while in a cosy and comfortable setting with great views. From the buffet table, choose from mini Eisbein, caramelised sweet potatoes, Greek salad (among other things)... but do leave room for the dessert buffet at the West Coast wildlife reserve of Thali Thali Game Lodge on the West Coast.
Cost: R230pp, children 5–12: R115, under 5: R50
R27 across Langebaan entrance | Langebaan | 27 (0)82 372 8637

HAVE A LAUGH
There is still much to laugh about at Cape Town Comedy Club’s happy hour from 6pm to 7pm (not least of which is the R18 tequila), and starting from June, Sundays are pizza nights. So, grab your dad and figure out what tickles his fancy as a stage graced by local and international crowd-pullers comes alive while you enjoy drinks and a meal at Cape Town Comedy Club at the V&A Waterfront.
Cost: R60pp

The Pumphouse, V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 447 4650 | info@capetowncomedy.com   

BEER ON THE HOUSE
The Madame Zingara Group of restaurants wants to help you make this Father’s Day a special one. Not only will dad receive a free draught with a main meal ordered, but he will also stand a chance to win a R400 voucher when he leaves his business card on the way out (mom can, too), which he can do at any of the Madame Zingara restaurants.
1 Malan Street, Tamboerskloof | +27(0)21 423 6805 | media@madamezingara.com 

FEAST FIT FOR A KING
If he likes his food, he’ll love this buffet. The selection of starters includes hummus with biltong dust and bread, and a sweet potato, kale, beetroot and feta salad. For mains, pork ribs, oven roast vegetables and slow-roasted beef sirloin with gravy are on the menu. Desserts include warm banana-caramel sponge and salted caramel popcorn doughnuts. There will a free welcome drink and live entertainment at the Stratus Steak House at Radisson Blu Residence.
Cost: R 295pp

21 Riebeck Street | +27 (0)21 467 4000 | bookings.capetown.residence@radissonblu.com

PRE-FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION
If you’re unable to meet up with dad on Father’s Day, why not spoil him with a steak roll and beer for R165, or go for the burger and beer special for R130? These specials are valid from 10 June until 15 June. They’re not open on Sundays, but you can still enjoy a pre-Father’s Day meal at House of H in Loop Street.
Cost: R130–R150

12 Loop Street | 27 (0)76 699 6146 | info@houseofh.co.za  

TAKE IN A VIEW
How does cracker-crusted prawn, cured chicken, Thai green curry sound? Maybe follow that up with beef sirloin, beer and smoked bone marrow jus, horseradish mash and celeriac. Dessert options include salted caramel tart, banana and yoghurt sorbet. Treat dad to a three-course meal at the beautiful Moody Lagoon restaurant at Benguela Cove.
Cost: From R330

R43 | Walker Bay | Hermanus | +27 (0)83 645 6198 | info@benguelacove.co.za

LUNCH AND WHISKY PAIRING
For the weekend of Father’s Day, Beluga Restaurant will be running a three-course menu for dads. Each course will be perfectly paired with a different GlenMorangie whisky for R349pp. Or really spoil him and include a bottle of GlenMorangie 10 year for R699pp. There will also be live music on Father’s Day at Beluga.
Cost: R349pp

70 Prestwich Street | De Waterkant | +27 (0)21 418 2948 | info@beluga.co.za

TASTEBUD TRIPPIN’
Take your dad around the world in three courses, including Chinese chicken, Morrocan duck tagine, Italian short rib and New York-style cheesecake. Vegetarian options available. Don’t miss the great prizes up for grabs and live music at Yumcious at Cape Quarter.
Cost: R350pp, children under 10: R100
27 Somerset Road | 021 418  8000 | events@yumcious.co.za

ROAST AND A GIFT
Tuck into a harvest-style feast prepared by the hotel’s executive head chef, Jessica Sutcliffe, including freshly baked breads, an array of delectable side dishes, and a selection of roast meats and desserts. What’s more, there’s a gift for dad on arrival at AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront.
Cost: R295 per person

Dockrail Road, Foreshore | +27(0) 21 137 1100 | cptarFB@marriott.com

HIT THE SKATEPARK
On Father’s Day, all dads get to shred for free (the kids can use their pocket money to get in) at this indoor skatepark with the only international-spec skate bowl in Africa. There are plenty of spaces for beginners as well as experienced skaters to show off their skills at The Shred.
Cost: Free for dads

68 Auckland Street, Paarden Eiland | +27 (0)21 510 2918 | jack@theshred.co.za

INDULGE IN 5 COURSES PLUS  WINE
Treat dad to a five-course Sunday roast with all the trimmings, including crispy golden potatoes and rich gravy, followed by a decadent sweet treat at Grub & Vine.  When you’re finished, head across the passageway to the neighbouring wine bar Frogitt & Vonkel, where you can peruse their selection of premium local and international wines, while listening to live music at Grub & Vine.
Cost: R550pp

103 Bree Street, | +27 (0)76 256 8654 | info@mattmanningchef.com

WIN CASH!
Order any item off the Nyama or Tagines and Potjie menu and stand a chance to win R25 000 in cash. Dads can also expect to get something funky on the day. The Nyama menu includes Maputo peri peri chicken, and you can order a spicy Durban lamb curry off the Tagines and Potjie menu at Moyo Blouberg.
Cost: From R99

Bloubergstrand | +27(0)21 286 0662 | blouberg@moyo.com

LET THEM ENTERTAIN YOU
On arrival at the theatrical diner, you can nibble on a range of canapés, such as crispy biltong and Parmesan croquettes. For starters, expect corn taco tortillas with all the fillings you can imagine. Mains include Portuguese prawn and chicken grilled skewers topped with coriander yoghurt and Mediterranean couscous salad. If you still have space, you can top it all off with a double chocolate brownie with crème Chantilly and fresh berries. Get served and entertained by talented performers at Stardust Theatrical Dining.
118 Sir Lowry Rd | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 4627777 | admin@stardustcapetown.com

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