As a mate’s little one famously said: “I love you more than my smartphone!!” – this weekend we remember and honour Fatherhood: our fathers, our grandfathers, our adopted fathers; father figures and those men who play an important role in our lives.
Typically, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Interestingly, it is also World Refugee Day on Sunday – so migrant fathers have double cause for celebration!
1000 Hills is geared up for the weekend – and with the weather looking good, there are great opportunities outdoors as well as fabulous Sunday lunches and afternoon teas at many of the eateries and restaurants.
Make a weekend of it – and stay over at one of the myriad accommodation options – many of which have family rooms available.
Head outdoors to the High Stakes Adventure Sports and Activities: set on a 150-acre plot in Cato Ridge it offers Motocross, quad trails, 4×4, archery, clay pigeon shooting, paintball and zipline.
Take a hike through the Springside Nature Reserve: since 1948 the flagship of Hillcrest Conservancy; 20ha of rich biodiversity: forest, grassland and wetland. The forested areas provide shelter, nesting sites and food for many bird species; the grassland nurtures a multitude of indigenous wildflowers; and the natural wetland.
Its the perfect weekend for a walk through the Kranzkloof Nature Reserve up to the Molweni Falls and into the Kloof Gorge to watch the changing colours of nature. The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, conserves 668 ha of the Molweni and Nkutu River gorges.
Kloof also has a great conservancy – with views of the Kloof Gorge, walking trails with pretty streams and waterfalls and amazing biodiversity.
Phezulu offers amazing views of the 1000 Hills to enjoy brunch, followed by a 4×4 game drive or viewing crocodiles, reptiles and snakes.
There are shopping opportunities this weekend with a Father’s Day theme – at Shongweni Saturday Farmers and Craft Market; at the fab stalls at Kloof and Highway SPCA; at the old Mushroom Farm; Phezulu; Pot and Kettle; and a multitude of pop-up markets and stand-alone shops throughout the 1000 Hills region.
Of special mention is The Puzzle Place in 1000 Hills Craft Village, Botha’s Hill – with an amazing selection of executive toys, brain teasers, wooden puzzles, speciality jigsaws and curiosities – all beautifully hand made, and no two alike.
Whatever you decide to do – enjoy spoiling Dad. For today at least, it’s all about him!