The speed racer dad
Randburg Raceway, Strijdom Park
Visit the Randburg Raceway for an adrenaline-filled day of speed and fun. With imported go-karts from Italy and the latest in safety equipment, you will be racing around the track in style. You can have the track to yourselves if you’re a large group, or try a team endurance challenge and compete to race through the most number of laps.
For more information, visit randburgraceway.co.za.
Advanced driving course, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg
Get dad behind the wheel of a BMW M135i for an advanced driving course he will never forget. This thrilling opportunity starts with an information session detailing all you need to know to put this car through its paces. Qualified instructors will be on hand to answer questions and you’ll then have to put your theory into practice.
For more information, visit giftexperiencesouthafrica.co.za.
The geeky dad
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg
Take “dad the scientist” to a world-class interactive science museum. Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is the largest science centre in Southern Africa, offering more than 300 science exhibits. There is a collection of interactive exhibits housed in the old electric workshop, which provide hours of fun for kids and adults of all ages to discover, explore and play with science and technology. From Lego pits and mini construction sites to understanding the principles of electromagnetism, the exhibits cater for all curious minds.
For more information, visit sci-bono.co.za.
KZN Science Centre, Durban
This centre offers a unique combination of education and entertainment, making science accessible to all in an exciting and innovative way. The centre also offers a wide range of challenging activities to test minds, as well as a brand-new planetarium for a fascinating adventure into outer space.
For more information, visit kznsc.org.
Cape Town Science Centre, Cape Town
With more than 280 science exhibits and brain-teasing puzzles, the Cape Town Science Centre is guaranteed to keep minds engaged and entertained. Look out for the interactive shows and hands-on workshops.
For more information, visit ctsc.org.za.
The adventurous dad
Adventure Zone, Cullinan
Nestled in the quaint miners’ village of Cullinan, just 30 minutes from Pretoria, the Adventure Zone is home to some of the best adrenaline-pumping activities in Gauteng. Take your pick from zip-lining, archery, abseiling and horseback and quad safaris.
For more information, visit azcullinan.co.za.
SkyCar gives you the chance to discover Durban from a 106m-high vantage point at Moses Mabhida Stadium. The single cabin runs up steel tracks on the northern arch of the stadium and is designed to roll down the arch under its own gravity – this enables it to return to the lower station, even in the event of a power failure. The stadium also offers the Big Swing, Adventure Walk and Segway tours to burn off any energy.
For more information, visit mmstadium.com.
Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town and fun for all ages, this tour takes you on an indescribable zip-line adventure in the scenic Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site. The tour consists of 11 slides on fixed cables, some more than 300m long, each ending on a platform constructed on the cliffs and fynbos-covered mountain slopes above the Riviersonderend gorge. There is also a suspension bridge between narrow sandstone ravines, high above a double waterfall.
For more information, visit capecanopytour.co.za.
The foodie dad
Father’s Day lunch, Nuy on the Hill Restaurant, Worcester, 18 June
Treat dad to a leisurely three-course lunch and a complimentary bottle of Nuy Mini Rooi this Father’s Day at Nuy on the Hill Restaurant. The meal will be prepared by the well-known chef and Nuy on the Hill restaurant co-owner, Wilna van der Westhuizen, which can be enjoyed looking over the valley.
For more information, visit nuywinery.co.za.
The Wolfpack, Johannesburg
The Wolfpack is the perfect spot to take dad for a gourmet burger lunch this Father’s Day. Let him try The Big Bad Wolf, a gourmet burger patty stuffed with Cheddar cheese, finished in a pan with tomato stock, and topped with lettuce, wasabi onion rings, jalapeño, pineapple, pancetta, tomato and garlic aioli. The restaurant always has a wide range of craft beers, including its own, to quench dad’s thirst.
For more information, visit thewolfpack.co.za.
The active dad
Jump City, Johannesburg
Jump City is Johannesburg’s newest indoor trampoline park at Gold Reef City. Access is included in your Thrill Rider and Kiddie Rider ticket options only. In order to use the trampolines, jumpers need to purchase a pair of special grip socks – which they can use again on their next visit – for R30. Along with many other attractions in the park, you can have fun on a dodgeball court, in a basketball lane, in a foam pit with a climbing wall and on an extreme jumping wall.
For more information, visit tsogosun.com.
Giba Gorge Mountain Bike and Adventure Park, Pinetown
Nestled in a lush green valley just outside Pinetown, is Giba Gorge Mountain Bike and Adventure Park, which has something suitable for every outdoor lover in the family. Kids can scoot around the BMX track, avid mountain bikers and trail runners can make use of the single-track trails in the gorge, and the less adventurous can picnic on the lawn or relax in the outside restaurant.
For more information, visit gibagorge.co.za.
Action Sports Arena, Edenvale
Action cricket is a fast-paced, exciting game played by eight players per side and lasts 70 minutes. You can book a one-off competition or else join a league that fits your skills. Other actions sports at the arena include netball (not just for women), hockey and soccer. There is also Bounce World to keep kids entertained. If you’re not taking part, be a spectator and then enjoy a meal and drinks on the venue’s deck.
For more information, visit edenvaleactionsports.co.za.
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