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