Mother’s Day escapes: 20+ ideas she’ll love

Considering that you will already make your mum the best brunch in the world on Mothers’ Day, or at least take her out for breakfast… we’ve put together a list of most-loved Mother’s Day activities to show the number one woman in your life just how much you care.

Last year, Parent24 asked moms what they wanted most for Mother’s Day… and the results were a little worrying. Most mums begged for a day off.  Away from the nagging, working, cooking, cleaning and picking up after everyone else except themselves.

Reader Bronwen wrote her perfect day would be “To be booked into a hotel after a day of pampering… ALONE. No eating by myself at 21:00, after everyone is asleep because I have spent supper time catering to everyone else & cleaning. No “babe can you get”, “MAMAAA”, “where is my…”, “will you make me tea/put the shower on” etc etc etc. Just me in a big bed, eating just made & still warm food and a book I can actually open & read.”

Also mum Roxanne wrote that she wanted “a weekend away on her own”.

For those moms, we recommend a spa day (you can see our list of recommendations below), complete with all the pampering, wining and dining you can imagine.

Other moms, however, say their perfect day would include time spent with their loved ones – especially their kids.

Whether your mom is in need of some alone time, or would just like to have your undivided attention for a day – you need to put her first this Mother’s Day.

Luckily, we’ve got the complete line-up for things to do across the country this weekend. Whether you’re in JoburgDurbanPort Elizabeth or Cape Town – this weekend is bound to be one for the books!

Here’s our top 20+ ideas for Mother’s Day that’s guaranteed to make mum smile:

Have High Tea for two
Undivided attention plus beautiful, itsy bitsy tea time treats equals an afternoon of delight with mum. Here’s where to find the most delicious, most beautiful high teas in the country:

Johannesburg & Pretoria
Some of our favourite spots include The Saxon Hotel & Spa, Belle’s Patisserie in Birnam and The Pudding Shop in Parktown North. In Pretoria, try Afro-boer at The Willows, Minkie’s at the Irene Village Mall and Pure Café in Colbyn.

Some of our favourite spots include Audacia Manor in Morningside, Palm Court at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks and Two Acres Tea Room at Hillcrest.

Oysterbox Umhlanga Durban

Oysterbox Umhlanga Durban


Cape Town
Some of our favourite spots include the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, The Leopard Bar and Conservatory at 12 Apostles Hotel, Signal at Cape Grace Hotel, The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, The Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay, Cellars Hohenort in Constantia, 5 Rooms Restaurant in Constantia and Pierneef à La Motte outside Franschhoek in the Winelands.

Market Madness
Fresh flowers, the sound of coffee grounding and smell of pastries, fresh from the oven – it’s a recipe for success if you want to impress mom with an in-destination experience. These are some our favourite markets happening this Sunday –

Johannesburg & Pretoria

  • BluBird Whole Food Market in Atholl
  • The Sheds@1Fox in Fordsburg
  • Market at the Sheds in Pretoria Central


  • Golden Hours Family Market in Durban North

Cape Town 

  • Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay
  • Blaauwklippen Family Market outside Stellenbosch

It’s showtime!
Your mom has tried for ages to drill some culture and art appreciation into you… so show her how much you’ve grown by taking her to see a play at one of SA’s theatre venues or playhouses.

Johannesburg & Pretoria 
Take a trip down memory lane with mom when watching The Year of the Bicycle at the Market Theatre Barney Simon Theatre. Joanna Evans` award-winning play tells the story of Amelia and Andile, two children from very different backgrounds who befriend each other over a garden wall.

Burn The Floor is the ballroom show that revolutionised the image of dance, launching the many TV reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars. It will be on show this Sunday at the  South African State Theatre in Pretoria.

The 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition in currently on show at the avant-garde The Sheds@1 Fox. This world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features over 100 awe-inspiring images, including South African father-and-son duo Wim and Juan van der Heever’s photos.

The annual National Creative Arts Youth Festival 2016, founded and inspired by the late Professor Elizabeth Sneddon, showcases the phenomenal music and dance skills found amongst South African scholars. Ticketing is being run through the Youth Festival Office.

Cape Town 
SHADES of LOVE is an on-stage ballet which explores different aspects of human emotions. From indifference to passionate interaction between people. On show at Artscape, the performance is danced to composers as varied as Britten, Bartok, Glazunov and Ravel.

At The Fugard Theatre Bioscope, Cervantes` eccentric hero Don Quixote will take audience members on a journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman…

Hot off its premiere at The Royal Court, London and Market Theatre run, South African Mongiwekhaya`s latest play, I See You will open at the Fugard Studio Theatre on May 5 and run until 28 May.

Botanical Gardens
There are more than just Kirstenbosch and Durban botanical gardens in South Africa… so pack a picnic, and take the whole family.  Nothing beats quality time with mum, spent walking through these South African jewels.

Discover SA’s 10 Botanical Gardens here… 

Spa day!
Mangwanani Spas are situated right around the country, and offer massage treatments derived from traditional African healing rituals and contemporary wellness therapies. The spas also have a new signature treatment – a Korean Scrub with African Rituals – which is expected to be a hit this Mother’s Day.

Also check out the One & Only Mother’s Day deals, as well as Fairways’ Spa packages and the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa packages.

One and Only Vista Bar


In the Western Cape, De Hoop Nature Reserve – a World Heritage site- found on the scenic Garden Route and which offers camping, self-catering cottages and private lodge accommodation – also has a perfect Mother’s Day treat available at The SPA @ De Hoop. Their special comprises a blissful 90 minute “African goddess facial” which includes a back/neck massage, for only R600. It also includes a welcome glass of bubbly!

The Oyster Box in Durban will be hosting a Mother’s Day Lunch with “Blommie” their resident florist, who will be on hand for a chat and to send each Mom home with a posy of fresh flowers. Why not combine the wining and dining with one of their award-winner spa experiences?

Mother’s Day escapes: 20+ ideas she’ll love