Things to do for Father’s Day in Cape Town

Sunday 18 June is Father’s Day, the day when we show our dads just how much we love and appreciate them. Father’s Day isn’t only about breakfast in bed, gifts of socks or a tie and a tot of his favourite tipple, it’s also about spending the day bonding. What better way to bond with dad than on an adventure? Whether your dad is a foodie, adrenalin junkie, at home in the African bush, or behind a lens, you’re sure to find an adventure that will make him smile right here in the Mother City.

Here’s a look at some great ideas for adventures:

Beer, braais & buffets

Father’s day is a great excuse for an early morning boerie and beer, but if you’re feeling like trying something special, see some of the great specials available in and around Cape Town:

Bacon, Beer & Buffet at Tobago’s

Tobago’s at the Radisson Blu Waterfront hosts a dad-friendly buffet prepared by Chef Norman team. Dads also get a special bacon & beer tasting with the buffet. The buffet costs R425 per person, kids under five eat for free and it’s half-price for kids between five and 12, so it’s perfect for the whole family.

Contact: +27 21 441 3414

Radisson Blu Waterfront View

Twelve Apostles Father’s Day Lunch & Craft Beer pairing

This year the famous Twelve Apostles is hosting a special Father’s Day lunch buffet, where you and dad can tuck into a scrumptious meal while enjoying one of the best views in Cape Town. The buffet starts at 13h00 and cost is R495 per person, R215 for children under 12.

Alternatively, pop in for their Craft Beer & Canape special which includes five beers paired with five different canapés. The special runs from 11h00 to 18h00 daily and is R225 per person.

Contact: +27 21 437 9000

 Spit Braai & Craft Beer at Square Cafe

Father’s Day is truly special at Square Cafe in Century City. They will be having a special spit braai which will include a selection of salads and various quality local beers. Dads get a free welcome drink and a gift to mark the day. Cost is R295 per person, kids pay half-price. They also offer a takeaway option for R225 per person.

Contact: +27 21 204 8000 

Take to the skies

If you want to give dad an unforgettable experience, seeing the Mother City from the sky is definitely worth a shot! There are numerous ways to get a bird’s eye view, including helicopter rides, paragliding, microlight flights, gyrocopter flights, skydiving for the more daring, or a relaxed paraglide from Lion’s Head.

See our Cape Town from the sky guide for more details.

Image courtesy of Mother City SkyDiving
Image courtesy of Mother City SkyDiving

Get your sea legs

With numerous ways to explore the magnificent Atlantic and Indian Oceans around Cape Town, including scuba diving, kayaking, surfing (or a lesson at least), fishing, or a relaxed yacht cruise, there’s something to appeal to every kind of adventurous spirit, whether you’re a local or just visiting. Of course for the REALLY adventurous, you can always head out for a dive with some Great White sharks

See our Cape Town from the sea & shark cage diving guides for more details.

Treat dad to a Red Bus and Springbok Experience

Cape Town’s beloved Red Bus, the City Sightseeing bus, is offering a Father’s day special for dads and two kids to explore the Mother City hop-on-hop-off style and visit the Springbok Rugby Museum for only R200. With the upcoming match against France on 24 June, it’s the perfect time to put on your green and gold and visit the interactive Springbok Museum at the V&A Waterfront. The museum is known for making rugby “come alive” through technology-driven exhibits and games giving dads and kids the opportunity to test their rugby skills.

Buy your Father’s Day ticket online at or at our tour offices at the V&A Waterfront or 81 Long Street.

Spot the Big Five

If your dad feels more comfortable on dry land, why not treat him to a big five safari? There are numerous game reserves only a couple of hours’ drive from the city centre that feature Africa’s majestic big five, our favourite being Aquila Private Game Reserve. These reserves offer game drives, bush walks and other activities related to exploring Africa’s wildlife. Most reserves are open for day visitors or have accommodation available for those who want to make a weekend out of it.

For more info, check out our guide on safaris near Cape Town.

Lions at Aquila
Image courtesy of Aquila Private Game Reserve.

Snap-happy treasure hunt

Speaking of nature, Cape Town is a photographer’s dream. If your dad is a keen photographer, make a special day out of it and take him on a photo treasure hunt to some of the best postcard-perfect spots around Cape Town, including Blouberg Strand, Lion’s Head, Groot Constantia and Bo-Kaap. Remember to snap a couple of dad selfies!

Read our guide on where to get the perfect shot for some ideas

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