Marataba Trails Lodge – north of Thabazimbi, Limpopo
Marataba Trails Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge designed for high-end hiking enthusiasts. It offers an array of hiking trails in a private Big Five game reserve with free-roaming wildlife, so if Dad is a hiker, this is truly his utopia. Situated in an off-the-grid location in the Water Fall Valley north of Thabazimbi, this luxury venue only welcomes eight guests at a time.
The special available over the long weekend at Marataba costs R2 950 per person per night sharing. This is a full-board offer that includes a daily hiking trail and game drive. It excludes park and gate fees. Please note that only guests of 16 years and older are permitted at Marataba due to SANPARKS’ regulations that prohibit children of 15 years and younger from walking in a Big Five reserve.
Details: 014 779 0018 / www.marataba.co.za
Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa – near Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal
If Dad’s a boating kind of guy, he will definitely enjoy a Father’s Day weekend at Jozini. Situated on the banks of Lake Jozini, in the heart of Zululand, this lodge has 70 guest rooms including family lofts. With beautiful views over the lake from almost every inch of the resort and a range of dining and activity options that include boat cruises, this has all the makings of a memorable weekend away. The lodge seems to be a bit dated but the friendly service and prime location should make up for the low thread count.
The Lake Jozini special includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfasts, dinners and a daily boat cruise for R2 134 per person sharing.
Details: 082 440 2911 / www.thompsons.co.za
Kuzuko Lodge – Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape
Situated in the northern part of the Addo Elephant Park on a private concession, Kuzuko Lodge is spectacularly located for day and night game drives, bird watching and breathtaking views of the starry night sky through the lodge’s telescope. Kuzuko is particularly family-friendly with on-site babysitters and plenty of age-appropriate activities. This means that there are lots of activities just for Dad, but also plenty of opportunity for him to have a break this Father’s Day weekend.
A special price of R3 679 per person sharing at Kuzuko Lodge over the long weekend includes: return flights from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, two nights’ full board accommodation, two daily game activities and a R250 wellness treatment voucher.
Details: 042 203 1700 / www.thompsons.co.za
Boschendal Farm Cottages – Franschhoek, Western Cape
If Dad is a foodie or wine lover, a weekend in Franschhoek will be right up his alley. Boschendal Farm Cottages are lavish, self-catering units, each equipped with a fireplace and breathtaking views of the Drakenstein Mountains. With so much to do in the surrounding Franschhoek Wine Valley and luxuriously warm accommodation to come home to at the end of a full fun-filled day, a stay at Boschendal Cottages will be truly memorable.
There are four cottages from which to choose: Rhodes, Orange, Clarence and Werf. Each cottage varies in price per night and also has optional extras such as breakfast and housekeeping.
Details: 021 870 4202/ www.boschendal.com
The Dunes Resort & Goose Valley Golf Course – Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Located a stone’s throw from Keurbooms Beach on the Garden Route, Dunes Resort is a great beach getaway. Even in the heart of winter, Dunes Resort offers visitors a great seaside breakaway with self-catering duplexes that have a garden braai area and selected DStv channels.
The Dunes Resort special includes a round of golf for Dad at the prestigious Goose Valley Golf Course in Plettenberg Bay. The special is priced at R990 per person sharing and includes two nights’ accommodation and breakfasts.
Details: 012 755 7555 / www.thompsons.co.za
Kolkol Mountain Lodge – Bot River, Western Cape
Kolkol Mountain Lodge is situated about 30km outside of Caledon. The log cabins and impressive stone fireplaces make this lodge a genuine sanctuary. Each of the two sleeper cabins boasts an outdoor wood-fired hot tub and the 10-sleeper King Cabin has a boma braai, pizza oven and potjiekos pit. This is a wonderful winter weekend getaway for the whole family to celebrate Father’s Day surrounded by peace, quiet and style.
The King Cabin is available for anything between R1 000 and R3 300 per night, depending on the date and duration of your stay.
Details: 028 284 9406 / www.kolkol.co.za
Castello Di Monte Guesthouse – Pretoria, Gauteng
If Mom thinks Dad needs a bit of TLC to celebrate Father’s Day, opt for the Castello Di Monte Guesthouse Rejuvenation Package getaway. This 5-star guesthouse in Waterkloof Ridge is the benchmark for luxury. The landscaped gardens, lush lavender bushes and olive trees will transport you to a Tuscan haven of tranquillity.
The getaway package is priced at R2 400 per person sharing and includes one nights’ accommodation, breakfast, a 3-course private dinner and an Indian head massage treatment.
Details: +27 83 450 1252 / www.thompsons.co.za
By Jana van der Linde