Days out for adults?
…No inappropriate jokes, please!
We’re just talking about the simple concept of going out for the day without the kids. When you become a parent, there's a lot of emphasis put on ‘Family Days Out’ and ways to entertain the little ones when they’re not at school. While this is necessary to stop you going slowly insane while they run around the house bored out of their tiny minds, what about the parents? Where are their special days out? If you’re a busy parent, you’ll be devoting most of your time to your family. With all your energy being poured into them, it’s important to take a break for yourself, re-investigate your favourite hobbies, or just take a day to recharge your batteries and have some fun. The more energy you conserve looking after yourself, the more energy you’ll have to devote to the rest of the team.
Experience Days believe that days out for parents are just as important as days out for kids. Below, we’ve listed our top 9 days out for adults in South Africa to help you find the perfect respite from the everyday stresses of family life.
Read on for our favourites…
This fantastic experience combines educational wine tasting
with a whole day of scenic horse-riding to create an unforgettable day out.
Find a babysitter for the day, and embark on the romantic adventure of a
lifetime with your other half!
You’ll meet your guide and the rest of the group at Rhebokskloof Wine Farm, where you’ll be provided with safety helmets for the journey ahead. Next, you’ll be introduced to your horse, who will be your companion for the day. From there, you’ll begin the trail. This will be taken at a leisurely pace in order to suit everyone’s skill level, so beginners needn’t fret! Trot along on your trusty steed, taking in the gorgeous scenery around you and soaking up the benefits of fresh air and exercise. There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities along the way, and certainly a snap of the two of you riding horses through Paarl Mountain Local Nature Reserve will be one for the family album! While you enjoy your horse riding adventure, your guide will happily discuss history and industry practices of the vineyards around you, giving you a real insight into the production of your favourite drink. Speaking of which, you’ll also be treated to two wine tasting sessions throughout the course of your journey – a perfect tipple for a perfect day!
Stellenbosch is the epicentre of South Africa’s wine industry, so the perfect place to visit for parents who like wine! (Although, let’s be honest, saying ‘Parents who like wine’ is a bit like saying ‘A human being who breathes’ – it sort of goes without saying.)
This 5-in-1 experience allows you and your partner in crime and wine to explore some of the most notable farms and vineyards Stellenbosch has to offer, all from the unique vantage point of a tuk tuk.
You’ll be picked up from Stellenbosch Information Centre to start your journey. From there, you’ll head to Waterford Estate for a chocolate and wine pairing. That’s correct, the two best things, paired together. (It's just like when peanut butter Oreos were invented...) After the pairing, you’ll be taken on a tour of the cellar – where the magic happens! You’ll then continue to the French-inspired Glenelly Estate for the second wine tasting. The next stop is Neil Ellis Wines for lunch - and another wine tasting of course! In the afternoon, your tuk tuk driver will take you to the Simonsig Estate to taste their award-winning wines with Biltong. Finally, the tour concludes at the L’Avenier Wine Estate for one last wine and cheese pairing experience. A delicious and eclectic day out.
If you’re a busy parent, a great deal of your wardrobe is
probably devoted to sweatpants, cosy jumpers and T-shirts. And we are not
judging, comfort is paramount. However, you might feel like you’ve lost some of
your own personal style along the way, or maybe your wardrobe just needs a
little shake-up. That’s where the full day personal shopping experience comes
in. You’ll receive the expert help of a professional stylist to cultivate your
style, and find your own personal wardrobe staples. Meeting your professional
stylist in Johannesburg, you’ll browse Sandton Shopping Centre’s various
boutiques and retail stores to find the perfect pieces. During this 6 hour
experience, you’ll learn how to shop for your body and budget, and how to
cultivate your personal style without breaking the bank. The perfect experience
to take before going for a night out on the town!
The ultimate romantic escape takes the form of this private lunch or dinner cruise in Cape Town. Whether you’re looking to pop the question, or just need a night out with a difference, this cruise will stay in both of your memories for years to come. Setting sail from the V&A waterfront, you’ll embark on an incredible, 3 hour culinary cruise with views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill. You can take this cruise at lunch or dinner time. While you soak up the iconic views of Cape Town, your captain will manoeuvre out of the harbour and towards open water, leaving the two of you to sip on a glass each of Method Cape Classic. The committed team of onboard staff will be available whenever you need them, but your privacy is guaranteed. After you’ve spent some time taking in the view, you’ll be shown to the bottom lounge for a romantic candle-lit three course meal, complete with soft music. Can you think of a more romantic way to spend 3 hours?
This luxurious overnight break is the perfect excuse to step
away from the everyday and into the unbelievable! Treat yourself and your
partner to a romantic couples’ getaway that combines rest and relaxation with a
wild safari journey, discovering new adventures together in the idyllic setting
of Touws River. After arriving at the lodge, you’ll begin your stay with a
welcoming lunch. Next, you’ll unpack your bags, and take a look around the
You’ll then be treated to a 30-minute massage each, and a game drive to spot wild animals in their natural habitats. Your guide will share exciting stories about the animals and point out the various native plants before returning you to base for dinner and evening festivities around the fire. You’ll spend the night in a cosy lodge room. The spa has several pools, sun loungers and views over the mountains, the most incredible setting for relaxation.
The next day, you’ll head out bright and early at 6am for the sunrise game drive, followed by a farewell breakfast.
It’s in the name! This luxury spa day in Century City is –
you guessed it – all about you. Relax and rejuvenate yourself with a day
filled with treatments and activities. This award-winning spa in the heart of
Century City features a steam room, suspended outdoor pool, and virtual forest
mindfulness room. During your spa day, you can make full use of the spa
facilities, enjoy lunch in the stylish dining room, and receive 5 treatments.
Why not go for a swim in view of Table Mountain, taking in the sights, sounds and
textures of the forest?
For your treatments, you’ll enjoy a detoxifying Middle Eastern mud ritual, a candlelit floatation pool session, and your choice of facial, hot stone manicure / pedicure, or stress relieving full body massage. All these treatments will be conducted by highly qualified, professional therapists with top of the range products. By the end of your visit, you’ll be feeling like a whole new person! Stress? Never heard of it.
Something you may have given up since having kids are
daring experiences that challenge you!
This tandem paragliding experience in Cape Town will introduce you to the incredible sensation of free flight, launching from Lion’s Head or Signal Hill for an unforgettable ride through the sky. Your experience begins at a prearranged location, where you’ll meet your instructor. They’ll brief you on what to expect from your flight, putting any concerns or questions at ease so you can just relax and enjoy the ride.
Next, you’ll make your way to the launch point. Once fastened onto the instructor’s harness, you’re ready for takeoff! If there’s good wind, you’ll only need to take a few steps before the canopy inflates and you have lift off. Taking advantage of naturally riding air currents, your pilot will guide you in slow circles, giving you plenty of opportunity to admire the scenery and take photos. Glide serenely with stunning views of the city, mountain and coastline. Your guide will happily answer questions concerning flying conditions or techniques - or, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride before returning to solid ground.
Leave the sensible people-carrier at home and take 3 stylish, fast supercars for a spin around the track!
With this exhilarating supercar experience, you can choose 3 cars from the impressive fleet on offer then test them out for 3 laps each. Choose your track from either Killarney Racing Circuit in Cape Town or the Zwartkops Raceway in Johannesburg and sign in for the ride of your life! After your registration and safety briefing, you'll be taken track-side to choose your three vehicles. You can pick your trusty vessel from the following options: Porsche GT3, Lamborghini LP560-4, Audi R8 V10, Nissan GTR, and Ferrari California - plus even more. Hop into the car with your instructor, and they'll take you through the car's controls before starting the engine. After enjoying three thrilling laps in each vehicle, you'll have a debrief with your instructor. An invigorating way to blow off some steam!
Thank you for reading! We hope you've found something here to take your mind off the tasks at hand and relax for a day or two, whether it be on your own or with your other half. Or, perhaps you're hunting for a gift for a couple of busy parents you know. Whatever the occasion, you'll find an eclectic mix of fun, relaxing, and thrilling experiences over at Experience Days.
If you're still looking, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on this post or contact Experience Days here - we'd love to hear from you!