Take her to lunch, West Coast National Park
With sparkling Langebaan Lagoon, rich birdlife and views all the way to Table Mountain on a clear day, West Coast National Park is an absolute gem. After a leisurely drive to enjoy the park’s scenery and tick off sightings like eland and angulate tortoise, make your way to Geelbek Restaurant, housed in a historic Cape Dutch building at the edge of the lagoon.
While mum will surely appreciate not having to cook on Mother’s Day, once she sees the spread put on for Sunday lunch, she’ll be doubly impressed. Geelbek Restaurant specialises in traditional South African fare such as bobotie and malva pudding and the legendary buffet always has a range of dishes.
The restaurant was renovated last year and offers a relaxed ambience with seating inside and on a covered stoep. There’s a children’s play area that will keep little ones busy for hours. At the visitor’s centre next door, you can see replicas of Eve’s footprints, the preserved tracks of a woman that lived in the area some 117 000 years ago. Think about the path mothers walked in those days and give yours an extra hug.
Treat her tootsies, Addo Elephant National Park
Located just 72km from Port Elizabeth, Addo makes for an ideal day trip. Nothing lifts the spirits like seeing a mother elephant shepherd her little one to the waterhole or a whole tribe of hoglets trailing behind mama warthog.
If you really want mum to feel like she’s walking on air, pay a visit to Addo Indlovu Spa at Main Camp. The mobile spa specialises in treatments with all-natural products and is available to both day visitors and overnight guests. The Foot Ritual begins with a relaxing soak and spekboom salt scrub, followed by a foot massage to work away tension. You could add a stylish pedicure if you wish.
Following the treatment, enhance your distinctive Addo experience with African face paint. Indlovu, which means ‘elephant’ in Xhosa, seeks to empower women from the community by training them as therapists. So, when you treat mum to a pamper session at the spa, you’re also helping another mother broaden her horizons.
Open 09:00-18:00, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/addoindlovuspa
Spoil her with a massage, Kruger National Park
Being in the bush is already a recipe for relaxation: no traffic noise, just birdsong; no smog, just fresh air. Instead of rushing from one appointment to the next, you can take the day as it comes.
To take your sense of chill to the next level, book you mum and yourself in for a massage at Kruger AM Spa in the park’s Skukuza Rest Camp. The spa offers a variety of treatments to soothe away stress and leave the two of you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, from a hot stone massage to one that uses botanical oils.
Kruger AM Spa has four stunning treatment rooms inside, finished in natural tones and textures to capture the bush feel. Even better are the outdoor treatment rooms, with massage beds side by side. Here you can listen to the birds and feel the gentle brush of the breeze as the therapists work their magic. Now that’s quality time with mum!
Open 08:00-20:00 phone 013 744 1069 or email email@example.com
For more information, visit www.amspa.co.za/kruger
Looking for more wild experiences?
Year-round you can spend time in the wilds with a Wild Card. It’s your ticket to more than 80 protected areas in South Africa and Swaziland. Membership covers a year’s access, so you can pop in for a picnic, escape for a weekend or stay as long as you want.