We'll be celebrating Father's Day a little differently this year, but these experience gifts will give him something amazing to look forward to once this lockdown comes to an end. We went in search of a few awesome experience gift ideas for every kind of dad. These vouchers are valid for up to three years depending on where you purchase from, so there's no rush to use these experiences (especially during the pandemic).

Please note: Experience gift prices are subject to change at any given time. These product prices were correct at the time of writing (June 2020). 

For Dads Who Love Cars

BMW Off-Road Experience

Is Dad a huge BMW fan? Does he love the thrill of off-road driving in the great outdoors? Then head over to Celestial Gifts and purchase the BMW Off-Road Experience. He will definitely get a good thrill out of this exciting adventure at the BMW X Lifestyle Park in Waterfall, Midrand.

Let Dad test the X-series BMW's abilities on a controlled 1.3 km off-road track under the watchful eye of seasoned instructors. The experience costs R2 340* and the e-voucher is instantly sent to your desired email address upon payment. Click here to find out more about this thrilling experience.

BMW Defensive Driving Course

Sure, Dad is a great driver. He has been doing it for many years. Longer than you've been alive. But why not sharpen his driving skills and reflexes with an adrenaline packed BMW Defensive Driving Course? Not only is this experience an exciting training program which expands driving knowledge and teaches how to keep your vehicle superbly under control in a variety of situations, but it's also loads of fun!

This course takes place at Zwartkops Raceway over a six week period, after which Dad will be presented with a certificate once passed. Click here to get this experience gift voucher at R2 100*.

Supercar Driving Experience

Perhaps Dad would love to experience what it feels like to drive an Audi R8, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 430, Nissan GTR or Porsche GT3? Get him a Supercar Driving Experience and let him take his pick from a fleet of amazing supercars. Once he is inside the car, the instructor will talk him through the controls as well as track etiquette. Once that's all covered, he can start the engine and drive three laps around the track. That's plenty of time to get a feel for the car, feel the power at the pedal and appreciate the superb handling and plush interior.

Keep in mind there are no more 2020 dates available for the Zwartkops Raceway, but dates for the 2021 season are expected towards the end of 2020, so keep an eye out. You can get this experience from Experience Days for R2 999*.

dash board of a car with lit up speedometer

For Dads Who Like Adventure

Zip Lining Adventure

There is only one way to get the best views of the Muningi Gorge, and that's by going on a breathtaking zipline adventure! This two-hour thrilling experience covers four slices crossing over the gorge, giving Dad the chance to get the best views imaginable while also getting that adrenaline pumping! And to ensure his utmost safety while he flies through the sky 75m above the ground, professional guides lead the way.

Click here and get this exciting experience for R595 per person*. Why not make it a great family outing for all to enjoy and experience with Dad?

Quad Biking Experience

Does Dad love nature and getting outdoors? Then why not plan an exciting two-hour quad biking trek through the bushveld? Don't forget to keep an eye out for all the local wildlife, which includes zebra, kudu, wildebeest and more. Also, don't forget the camera and sunscreen! Dad (and yourself if you want to make it a fun day out with him) will cover about 25km of game farm during his experience, led by professional instructors and guides.

Sounds like something your dad would love? Click here and buy this experience gift for R850 per person*.

Archery Experience For Two

Spend some quality time with Dad while trying your hand at archery. This is the perfect opportunity to learn something new and get a little competitive with the old man. For one full hour, you and Dad will learn how to recurve bows, all taught and shown to you by the professional instructors. They'll also let you in on a few secrets and tips to hit the target every time.

Click here to get this one-hour archery experience with Dad for R440 per duo*.

quad biking on dirt road wearing a helmet

A Few More Ideas For Good Measure

Tiger Moth Vintage Flight At The Rand Airport

This is definitely considered a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Dad will never forget, especially if he is a big history fan. Treat Dad to an amazing scenic flight over Gauteng in a vintage WWII aircraft. Taking off from the Rand Airport, take to the skies in a Tiger Moth and see the world as the World War II aviators did. And to complete the experience, Dad will be geared up in a leather helmet and flying goggles.

With this gift voucher, keep in mind that all flights are subject to ideal weather and the availability of pilots and aircraft. Please inquire before purchase to avoid disappointment. Click here to purchase this experience at R5 999 per person*.

The Ultimate Grooming Experience At Hines & Harley 

Send Dad off for a relaxing pamper session at Hines & Harley with their range of treatments developed especially for men. He'll spend his grooming experience sipping on a complimentary whiskey or cold-drip coffee while enjoying a selection of treatments for his hair, beard, face, hands and feet. This Full House package includes a facial, a shave, haircut, a man-icure and a sports pedicure.

This experience gift will cost R1 585 per person* and can be redeemed at Hines & Harley in Parktown North once the lockdown restrictions ease off. Click here to get your gift voucher now.

barber shop with a barber chair

What Is It?

Once upon a time horses represented our means of transport into battle. They were by our side through adventure, hardship and victory. In honour of the horses proud heritage, the South African Lipizzaners present 'War Dance Battle Tactics' - a fabulous show of skill and talent. Performing medieval defensive movements for your enjoyment, the Lipizzaners will be joined by the Mounted Archery Association of South Africa. Following the show they will perform a full open-air demonstration of the mastery (and fun) of mounted archery! Then, there will be a small food market for all those hungry bellies. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Sunday, 12 October 2019 at 11:00 - 15:00.

Where Is It?

South African Lipizzaners, 1 Dahlia Road, Kyalami, Johannebsurg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R200 for adults and R150 for pensioners and children between the ages of 4 and 12. 

Book your tickets online via Quicket.

For More Information

For more information, visit the SA Lipizzaners Facebook page or their website.

Contact them on 079 716 4792 or via email at [email protected]

Let’s face it, we all work hard and need the opportunity to blow off some steam. But how many of us draw a blank when trying to think of something different to do? Father’s Day is the ideal opportunity to get Dad to try something new – here are a few ideas:

Bridge Swing

How about getting Dad to jump off a bridge in Krugersdorp? This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted, as it involves leaping off a 45m platform before swinging like a pendulum. If that's a little too extreme, abseiling and paintball are also on offer.

GorgeGlide

Just 30 minutes outside of Joburg lies a fantastic zipline adventure that crisscrosses the Muningi Gorge. There are a number of different options, depending on how brave Dad is. But no matter the choice, you'll be stunned by the views - which are nothing short of spectacular!

Kloofing

Kloofing basically involves moving down a kloof by hiking, climbing, jumping, bouldering, abseiling and swimming. It’s a fantastic outdoor adventure for fit dads!

Adrenaline Gift Guide for Dad

Ziplining

If it’s ziplining you’re after, then Ama Zwing Zwing Zip Lines is the place to go. Simply put, you get to zipline over beautiful scenery and do a spot of game viewing while "floating" up high. The venue is just 40 minutes from Joburg and really worth the drive.

Quad Biking

This is always a win and never gets old. This particular company offers quads for kids, teens and adults, as well as the option to book a private champagne picnic in the bushveld (rose petals and heart cushions are optional if you feel like being romantic)!

Adrenaline Gift Guide for Dad

Beach Volleyball

Who knew that Joburg had its own private beach? This innovative venue is the perfect spot for the family to play – and Dad might even want to join the four-a-side or six-a-side leagues!

Archery

The Archers of Zoo Lake offer training, coaching and an outdoor range that caters for distances of up to 90m. Your equipment can be rented on site, plus there’s the option of taking part in club tournaments if Dad decides that he’d like to take it up as a sport!

Adrenaline Gift Guide for Dad

What Is It?

Make sure you don't miss out on Joburg's third annual Viking Fayre! Not only will you have loads of fun, but you'll also be helping Berserkers raid the shores of Europe in 2020! The South African fighters (seen at Medieval Fayre's Fight-a-Knight) want to fight on the international Full Contact Medieval Combat stage in 2020. And to help them cover their travel and board, 100% of funds raised at this event will go towards getting them overseas to take on the best fighters the world has to offer.

Viking

Now onto the good stuff - what will be happening at this event. Here, you can expect everything from the Viking Games, which includes archery, wrestling, stone throwing, toga-honk (tug-of-war), Kubb (Viking chess), obstacle courses and swordplay. To keep you fed and quenched, there will be plenty to eat and drink and keep you merry. There will be feasting, mead and ale in the Mead Hall. Other fun highlights include the chance to test your wits at the Mead Hall Quiz, creating your own Viking personas and entering the Viking Vestment Contest. Don't forget to enter the Viking Quest. There's load of fun for everyone.

When Is It?

Saturday, 07 March 2020 from 10:00 - 17:00.

Where Is It?

Rusty Hook, 22 Wilge Street, 1876 Honeydew, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

There are a limited amount of tickets available at Quicket.

Ticket prices are as follows:

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook events page.

Where To Eat

Clarens Brewery

Hanging out with great company, sipping on ice-cold draughts and tucking into some delicious grub – what more do you need to make a great outing with your loved ones? And if this is just the thing you’re looking for after a long day hiking and being adventurous in and around Clarens, then Clarens Brewery is just the place to refuel, refresh and simply have a good time. This is one of the country’s first brew-pubs, cideries and distilleries, so you can expect to sample and enjoy great beers, ciders and distillate (request for the tasting board to sample a few options before placing your drink order), all while being part of the fantastic craft revolution that is sweeping our country. It is an absolute must-visit when you’re in the area.

Clementine’s

We all love a fabulous meal, which is why you need to visit one of the best dining options Clarens has to offer. Clementine’s is one of the most exclusive restaurants in Clarens, where you can expect excellent food, a great atmosphere and friendly service. The pork belly, oxtail and steaks are all highly recommended. With such great food, you can expect this place to be busy and packed over the weekends and holiday season. To avoid disappointment on your next visit to Clarens (and Clementine’s), make sure you book your table at this popular gem well in advance.

Sugar & Cinnamon

Whether you’re after a delightful breakfast or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Sugar & Cinnamon offers all things delicious from pancakes and glorious chocolate cake to home-style meals and good coffee, all with a stunning view of the mountains in the distance. Just a short distance away from Clarens, this is a hidden gem that gives travellers and even locals a great place to relax and enjoy the fresh air out on the countryside. Talk about a great way to start the day.

Where To Shop

The Purple Onion Deli

The Purple Onion Deli is hard to miss – it’s situated around the town square (in the Clarens Windmill Centre) with a little windmill spinning away right next to it and the majestic mountains in the background. This quaint shop gives guests an exceptional country deli experience, unlike anything you’d find in the city. They source unique, handmade and special products that are made with yesteryear’s recipe, including jams, fudge, coffee, marmalades, cherry items (seasonal), chocolates, pasta, preserves, biltong and much more. And best of all, it’s all absolutely delicious.

The Cherry Company

Love everything that smells, tastes and even looks like cherries? Then The Cherry Company will be your cherry heaven! From the moment you walk into the shop, you smell cherries, as the shelves are stocked with all things cherry. And to delight your taste buds (one of my absolute favourites): the cherry liquor. Trust me, if you’re nuts about cherries, this is one spot you cannot miss while visiting Clarens.

The Ugly Duckling

Who doesn’t love quirky and interesting gifts? If you’re looking to shop for something unique for family and friends or want to take something home with you to remind you of your visit to Clarens, then make sure you check out The Ugly Duckling. As their slogan says, it’s “the shop that’s worth a stop”. This store will have everything from unusual gifts and furniture to carpets, mirrors, one-off items, toys, indigenous instruments and souvenirs.

Tobias Art

If you have a flair for all things artistic and creative, then Tobias Art is a must-visit. This spot is a landmark destination for discerning shoppers who are looking for that something ‘out of the box’. They have everything from paintings, pottery and pillows to T-shirts, handbags, handmade soap, incense and jewellery. They even have interesting vintage toys in store.

Where To Play

Ficksburg Cherry Festival

If you are frequent visitors to Clarens, then you know all about the Ficksburg Cherry Festival. But if not, then you’re in for a treat. Ficksburg is the cherry capital of the world and every year in November, they host the Ficksburg Cherry Festival that attracts many travellers and cherry lovers from across the country. A must during this festival is the Constantia Cherry Farm tour with a picnic and the McKinley Chocolate Tour. This year the festival will take place from 16 to 18 November 2017.

Plenty of hiking trails

Love the outdoors and spending time trekking along trails and exploring? Then Clarens is just the place for you, as it has plenty of hiking trails no matter your level of experience. If you want something quick and easy, then take the Spruit Walking Trail, but if you’re looking to up the tempo and the time, then why not take the Kloof Hike that’s about 2.5 to 3 hours long!

Outdoor Adventures

If it’s adventure you want, Claren Destinations has it. There are plenty of extreme adventures you can experience in Clarens, all you have to do is book and enjoy. They offer a variety of experiences to get your adrenaline pumping, including river rafting, abseiling, paintball, hiking, rock climbing, enduro trails, zip- lining, quad biking, archery, fly fishing, a variety of day tours and even skiing and snowboarding in the colder months.

Where To Sleep

Kiara Lodge

There’s a little bit of everything at Kiara Lodge. It makes for the perfect family getaway home as it has plenty of facilities to keep the little ones busy. These chalets are all complete with balconies that offer stunning views and are within walking distance to the dam, playground, swimming pool and restaurant. Also, you won’t be too far away from the main street in town, as it’s just down the road.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens

This luxurious four-star retreat is nestled close to the Golden Gate National Park and the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens exudes sheer style, luxury and design that blends in with the natural beauty of the stunning little town of Clarens. It boasts 70 luxurious rooms perfect for any occasion, whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, team-building endeavor, a business conference or an adventurous weekend escape with the family.

Lake Clarens Guest House 

Apparently, this guest house has even hosted Brad Pitt… If you want 4-star luxury at its finest along, stunning country views and quick and easy access to town, then book a stay at Lake Clarens Guest House. Their luxurious rooms are furnished to make your stay as comfy as possible with queen-sized beds, TVs, fridges, snack basket and a safe, and are all tastefully decorated. And best of all, all bedrooms have an exquisite view of the lake and mountains.

What Was It?

Spend some quality time with your family at In The Forest's Open Days. Gather the kids and enjoy a day of outdoor fun complete with awesome activities such as forest trails, fairy trails, forest zip-lining, archery, tomahawk tosses, tree climbing, pony rides and splashing in the pond filled with hay! Grab a shady spot and enjoy your own picnic basket while relaxing on a blanket. The Alice in Wonderland Coffee Shoppe will be open, offering wacky waffles, sarmies, boerie rolls with homemade relish, cold drinks, cold beers and more.

When Was It?

Saturday, 18 March 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00.

Where Was It?

In The Forest, 2 Aloe Ridge Drive, Walkerville, Johannesburg.

How Much Was It?

Entrance is R 35 for adults and R25 for kids. The entry fee includes entrance to the enchanted fairy trail. Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome.

For More Information

For more information visit www.intheforest.co.za, or contact Linda on 084 414 3917 or [email protected].

 

Giant Character Suits
Not many of us have the girth worthy of a Japanese wrestler, but you don’t need to weigh in excess of 400kg to do a little Sumo on your bachelors with these padded sumo suits. If Japanese is not your thing then how about a chicken or kangaroo or even a “Supersize Me” Fatty?

Beach Bums Bachelors
Rent a spacious indoor arena which boasts 4 volleyball courts, DSTV, fully licensed bar, poker room, kitchen serving light meals and Billiards tables. This idea is appealing because you don’t have to worry about weather even if you’re playing beach volleyball, soccer, touch rugby or tug of war. Braai’s can also be included for a small extra fee.

Acrobranch Fun
A new phenomenon, Acrobranch is taking Joburg by storm so why not give it a try for your bachelors. Acrobranching is basically endurance testing yourself for fun and the best part is that it all takes place up in trees. Imagine a military fitness test but suspended in the branches of tall trees (with a harness). Acrobranch is great for the whole family but they have a fantastic adult course for bachelor type occasions.

Bells and Whistles
This is the all-singing, all-dancing inclusive package that will give the Bachelor and his mates an unforgettable experience, and includes climbing the Via Ferrata, a double pitch abseil, dinner for the hungry, overnight accommodation in the Mountain Lodge and breakfast the following morning. Need I say more!

Crazy Bachelors
This is the ultimate fun day for any “doomed groom”. A variety of options are available, with a choice of packages to suit every pocket. There are seven options with various prices all offering a combination of go-karting, archery and paintball. Some of the options also include spit braai’s etc making this a winner in my opinion.

All of these options can be conveniently booked through It’s a Date. Visit their site for more information and call them for a custom package to suit your needs.

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