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Road Trippin’ With Ol’ Timer

If you’re looking to spoil dad with something a little different from the usual Father’s Day outing, try taking him on a road trip.

One of these suggestions by Cape Country Routes is sure to appeal:

  1. Make his day with first class whale spotting along the Whale Route

June is the ideal time to pack those binoculars and head to the shoreline, as the southern right whales making their way to the south coast.

  1. Explore the Jewel of the Cape

De Hoop Nature Reserve, a beautiful Cape Heritage Site approximately three hours’ drive from Cape Town, promises a rewarding day with full outdoor seashore excursions. Challenge dad to join in on the Reserve’s Whale Trail, a five-day hiking trail offering spectacular views of the Reserve’s coast.

  1. Time for a Whale Route pit stop?

A few hours of road travel can be enough to work up an appetite, so make your way to the southernmost tip of Africa, L’Agulhas, for a decadent meal at Agulhas Country Lodge. Take a selfie with dad against the backdrop of magnificent sea views from the lodge’s deck, and enjoy traditional country cuisine and fine dining. Add a special touch with cognac and fine Cuban cigars in front of a crackling fire in the cigar lounge.

  1. Break the tension

For many dads (and anyone, for that matter!), the half-year mark can be a checkpoint in a ‘backbreaking’ journey. Soothe the tension with a well-deserved spa treatment at the luxurious Arniston Spa Hotel. With panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and untouched beaches, its spa therapies make for the perfect Father’s Day treat.

  1. Stay local, bru!

Offering a ‘lekka’ traditional and bountiful Karoo-inspired daily gourmet buffet, Kobus se Gat restaurant, at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range near Oudtshoorn, will match any man’s hunger with a hearty South African meal. Walk up an appetite or walk off a big lunch with a guided mountain pass tour, an extra offering on the restaurant menu. To add to your Klein Karoo must-do checklist, stop by Safari Ostrich Farm outside of town and get up close and personal with the ostriches.

  1. Linger longer

Wildehondekloof, one of CCR’s latest additions, is a 4000-hectare private Game Reserve just 40 km outside Oudtshoorn and is a Route 62 must-do with dad. The Reserve boasts endless views of the Swartberg Mountains, 14 different game species and diverse birdlife. It’s spacious en-suite rooms ring ‘privacy’ like no other. The adventurous can sign up for one of the sunset guided game drives.

  1. Don’t put the Eastern Cape out of range

If you’re closer to the Eastern Cape or have a knack for tackling long trips, add Zuurberg Mountain Village (on the ‘stoep’ of the Addo Elephant National Park and an hours’ drive from PE) to your travel itinerary. With the lush Transkei hills in its backyard and warm, 24/7 hospitality, the Village is a great weekend city-breakaway, with a mouthwatering Sunday lunch carvery carefully prepared by in-house chef, Shaun Moss. Think delicious traditional roasts and an endless dessert spread including homemade ice cream, crème brûlée and traditional hot puddings. End with restaurant and bar manager, Reggie Treadway’s personal favourite, an exclusive selection of whisky and brandy from his antique liquor trolley.

Source & Image: Cape Country Routes

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