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We all know that a single day isn’t enough to thank her for being the one who always helped you with your homework, patched you up after wrecking your brand new bike and shuttled you between all those parties in her mom-mobile.
From cheering you on at your sports day to cheering you on as you waddle your way through life, your Mom is your single biggest fan (apart from Dad, though it’s not about him this time).
This Mother’s Day we believe it’s all about getting her the perfect gift. But what do you get the mom who has everything? Experiences of course, and no better place on the planet delivers in the experience department quite like Southern Africa.
Photo credit: David Cox
If a stacked itinerary filled with as many varied activities as possible, is a priority, Mother’s Day in Cape Town would be the way to go – it’s called the Mother City for a reason, after all.
Whether mom prefers sipping on the best of the Winelands’ undeniable delights, marching to the beat of the city’s eccentric bustle, clinging to the gorgeous coastline, or just soaking up the stunning scenery of Table Mountain, Cape Town’s mix of metropolitan living and traditional flair gives it a distinctly legendary aura.
We promise you, in Cape Town, she won’t be left with little to do.
Photo Credit: Love Cape Town
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Kruger National Park can provide a pleasantly peaceful and reinvigorating surprise. Let me explain…
Although this immense wilderness might not first spring to mind when conjuring up ideas of a rejuvenating Mother’s Day, this vast, veritable land will be sure to dazzle her in extraordinary ways.
Boasting world-class game viewing, the incomparable luxury of its highly-exclusive lodges and some of the finest spa facilities on the continent, the Kruger, in many ways, is the absolute cream of Africa’s crop.
Here, many establishments take full advantage of nature’s truly restorative effects – we definitely recommend a dose of the bush’s best.
Who knows, maybe you’ll finally live up to that know-it-all attitude she always claimed you had.
Photo credit: Londolozi
They often say you shouldn’t meet your idols, as the experience always falls short of the fantasy. However, as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an asset shared between two countries, Victoria Falls undoubtedly lives up to its superstar status.
Mother’s Day also falls on the back end of the region’s rainy season, so she’ll be guaranteed greater views of the falls’ dramatic precipices.
Amid the immense sound of the world’s largest cascading curtain of water, heart-stopping views and almost-surreal beauty of glinting rainbows in the clouds of spray, there’s a unique multi-sensory experience of a lifetime waiting to be had. And who wouldn’t want to make memories like that?
Photo Credit: Rhino Africa
From casual to upmarket and no-frills to life-altering, the aforementioned destinations have something every mom could want.
While it’s true that she’ll appreciate just about anything you do, it wouldn’t hurt to put in a little bit of effort behind the thought process. Ensure you make her feel extra special this Mother’s Day and gift her with the mother of all African adventures.
Photo Credit: Chris Minihane
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Daryll is Capetonian to his core. Following an internship in Mexico and a solo trek through the United States, he returned home with a renewed perspective and an uncanny skill for content marketing. Aside from his writing, he enjoys reading non-fiction and rewatching Quentin Tarantino films. When he is not hunched over a keyboard you can find him hiking along the mountainside, unpacking the science behind pop music or crafting the perfect cup of Earl Grey tea.
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