Father’s Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the men in our lives that are often our first guides, supporters, teachers, and friends. And while this day may only come once a year, we, with the help of Cape Union Mart, have put together a list of affordable activities that you can do with your dad every day.
Strap on your boots and shake out your backpack. With hundreds of hiking trails and walking paths in and around Cape Town, who can resist a great outdoor jaunt with your dad? Whether you’re after the rough terrain of a mountain hike with spectacular views, a leisurely wander through the rolling Winelands hills, a brisk coastal run, or an amble through the lush nature reserves and parks, the Cape is bursting with options.
Experience the natural beauty of the Cape Floral Region at the Cederberg Wilderness Area, with multi-day hikes for hikers who have experience navigating tough terrain and grades, and a range of casual day walks are available for the outdoor novices.
Or head to the Overberg with trail attractions perfect for a casual stroll or jog among breathtaking views. Kleine Eike Estate is an ideal location for travelling by bike or exploring the area on foot to snap some great pictures with your dad.
Pair this with The K-Way Men’s Tundra 2 Boots from Cape Union Mart. It features a removable EVA insole and a Nubuck and Oxford upper, with a solid grip with reasonable abrasion resistance.
If you’re still racking your brain on the perfect item to celebrate your dad, don’t fall back to the predictable socks and tie. DIY gifts are a great way to ensure that your present is memorable and is a reflection of who he truly is.
From giant mugs with caricatures to smaller ones with a simple ‘Happy Father’s Day’, the popular go-to gift is sure to be piled up in one of the kitchen cupboards. Why not give those mugs a new life and have them on display? Using just a few materials, such as some wood and dowels, a mug tree is a great way to display those cliché but beloved gifts.
Make his handyman jobs and hobbies a little easier with creative DIY ‘toolboxes’ that can do more than just carry nails and pliers. These boxes can be used as unique planters for herbs, flowers, or an indoor garden. Splash on some paint and other decorations and turn it into a magazine rack or custom cooler box for his favorite drinks.
Pair this with the Cape Union 1.5l Stainless Steel Travel Flask. Perfect for camping and travelling, the flask is made of premium stainless steel and has a double-wall construction with a wide mouth stopper for easy pouring.
If your dad considers himself to be the next Gordon Ramsay or is quick to offer a masterclass on preparing steak, he has gone beyond being a foodie and is now the family’s master chef.
And what better way to celebrate his culinary flair with a lekker weekend braai. Get a backyard fire going with a fall-off-the-bone short rib potjie accompanied by a family-style party braai broodjie stuffed with cheese.
Or explore one of the many braai spots in the Cape. Possibly one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets, Oudekraal has a number of carefully maintained braai spots, overlooking the Atlantic Seaboard. Situated between Bakoven and Llandudno, against the backdrop of the Twelve Apostles, Oudekraal makes for a scenic spot to enjoy this Father’s Day.
Pair this with The Cape Union Mart Comfy Chair or the Weekender Chair (which comes with a holder for dad’s drink). Whether it’s in your backyard or nature, make it easier by getting your dad a comfortable chair.
Add a bit of nostalgia to your Father’s Day with an outing to one of the trending drive-in cinemas in Cape Town. Opt for a family film, action blockbuster, or old-time classic.
The Galileo Open Air Cinema offers the new drive-in option for their outdoor cinema in Rondebosch, Tamboerskloof, Constantia, and Durbanville, and runs year-long throughout all seasons. The drive-in option provides an evening of fun for family and friends, with a range of movies to suit all ages and interests.
Boschendal launched their drive-in cinema with a line-up of movies with a selection of their farm treats to snack on. Screenings take place on The Werf Helicopter Pad. Guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the latest live-action versions of Disney classics while snacking on a selection of farm treats from the various market-style food stalls on offer.
GoDriveIn is a new drive-in cinema that offers a variety of big screen, comedy, and concert entertainment that can be soaked up from the comfort and safety of a car. It also offers food trucks, a morning goods market, and a high-end virtual reality and gaming arcade.
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There’s no doubt that a father’s favourite activity is family time. A scavenger to treasure hunt is a fun way to spend some quality family time together and exercise the mind and teamwork skills.
Possibly one of the easiest activities to put together, scavenger to treasure hunts are suitable for every family member – all you need is a place and creativity. Add to the mystery by playing it in dark by torchlight!
Or get the pros to help you out. Scavenger Hunt.com specialises in creating unique hunts all across the world. Go on an epic adventure around Cape Town or order an at-home scavenger hunt for over 80 challenges.
An app-driven scavenger hunt designed for groups, The Gallivanting Goose is a great way to engage with urban sights and sounds in a new and interesting way. Choose from a range of games such as an urban experience in the CBD, a historical experience, up close with nature, indoor games, and even a wheelchair-friendly game.
Pair this with The GoPro Hero 9 Action Camera is perfect for creating a highlights reel of your family adventures.
For the dads who like to take things easy and immerse themselves in nature, bird watching is the ideal activity. And with hundreds of bird species right here in the Cape, you’re bound to spot a winner.
You don’t even need to leave your own backyard to catch a glimpse of these feathery creatures. Step outside and spot a variety of flyers from common garden pigeons to the most beautiful birds of prey.
Cape Town also has a number of endemic bird species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens offers some exciting birding and close-quarter interactions with some of the fynbos endemics – Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Spurfowl, and elusive forest specials – Forest Canary, Cape Batis, Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove, African Olive-pigeon (Rameron), and African Goshawk.
On the Cape Peninsula’s west coast, Kommetjie, has a large selection of sea and shorebirds for roosting and foraging. All four species of marine cormorant, Cape, Crowned, White-breasted, and Bank can be seen roosting in groups on the rocky outcrops.
Pair this with The Malkin 10 x 25 Roof Prism Binocular features 10x magnification power and 25mm objective diameter. The roof prism ensures they are light and easy to hold.