Last updated on Jun 10th, 2019 at 11:54 am

 “Yay, another tie!” said no dad, ever. This Father’s Day give a local leisure experience instead.

People are spending less money on stuff, and instead choosing to spend on experiences, commented customer experience futurist and author, Blake Morgan, in a recent article. That’s because as research published in 2015 in the Journal of Consumer Psychology shows, spending on things we do instead of possessions makes us happier and more satisfied.

When it comes to choosing something the father in your life will treasure well beyond Father’s Day on Sunday, 16 June, think about spoiling him with an experience.

The adventurous dad

Struggling to come up with the perfect gift idea? Airbnb Experiences offers a range of activities for different interests. Does Dad enjoy cooking? Taste Malay Dishes with a Home Chef will teach Dad how to prepare a traditional three-course, home-cooked Malay meal in an authentic Malay home. Judging from host, Fayruza’s ‘arrive hungry’ instructions, it must be good.


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Artist and professional tour guide, Bongani hosts Street Art Walks in Jo’burg’s city centre. Join his walking tour and get an up-close look at graffiti street art like you’ve never seen it before. In Durban, Brandon will teach Dad how to surf at Addington Beach. No experience, fitness or equipment is needed, and he provides rash vests and wetsuits. Book unique places to stay and things to do at – search under Experiences for options in your city.

The outdoorsy dad in Gauteng

Get Dad out of the city and into the wild in under two hours. Located between the Magaliesberg Mountains and just 8,5km from Rustenburg city centre, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Rustenburg Hunters Rest offers the outdoorsy dad the chance to feel like he’s on top of the world.

Situated in the Kgaswane Nature Reserve, Dad can take the 2,5km hike up to the viewing deck which offers unsurpassed views of the mountain range and Olifantsnek Dam that were once home to roaming elephant herds. There’s lots to keep the adventurous dad busy, from a biking trail to jet-skiing and kayaking. And once he’s done, he can squeeze in a round of golf on the on-site nine-hole course or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment.

Good news for dads who accumulate Marriott Bonvoy Loyalty Points for business travel – these can be used for a fun-filled family long weekend away.

The wine fundi

For any father who enjoys wine, the Constantia Wine Route is the perfect entry to learning more about South Africa’s viniculture and wine heritage. The lush valley of Constantia is home to nine of the region’s finest estates.

Each has its own appeal, but anyone who enjoys wine will enjoy sampling superb options in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. To ensure the dad in your life can relax and enjoy safely, consider contacting a wine tour operator to do the driving while Dad does the tasting.

The social dad

Located in Cape Town, Khayelitsha is one of South Africa’s largest and fastest-growing townships. Initiatives like Khayelitsha Cycling Tour offer cyclists the opportunity to explore the community, ride through some of the area’s infamous streets and iconic places and meet local members of the community. Included in the journey is the chance to learn more about the area’s history, and sample local foods – all sowing back into the community by supporting local businesses.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave an impression long after Dad has hung up his cycling helmet.

The Capetonian dad

When you live in a place like Cape Town, it’s easy to forget how beautiful it is. One idea is to be a tourist in your own city, but that often comes with the touristy price tag. Keep a look out for seasonal specials and benefit from special price reductions for locals. Did you know that you can ride up the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for free on your birthday? Take your ID and you’ll receive one free adult return ticket redeemable for up to seven days after your B-day. Or look out for seasonal specials.

From 1 June to 31 July 2019, South Africans can enjoy reduced entry fees and benefit from being a local at Cape Point. Two children ride for free when an adult return ticket is bought for the Flying Dutchman Funicular. When you’re hungry, head on over to the Two Oceans Restaurant, where each child gets a free dessert for every sit-down adult meal ordered at the restaurant. Always remember to take your SA ID book to qualify for the lower local rates.

Long climb from the funicular to the historic first lighthouse at Cape Point Copyright: dpreezg / 123RF Stock Photo