60th birthday safari ideas….

Hi all 

right I need to pick your brains for ideas. 

My father will be 60 this year.
He’s been a hard working military man, raised myself, my sister and taken on his two step children. 

He has a bad back now but does enjoying riding his tandem bike with his wife. 

His 60th birthday is coming up and he is going to Africa for a safari for his birthday. 

I’m after ideas that will either compliment this, or make his 60th special. 

Obviously looking to spend a decent amount and if something is really good then may go halves with my sister towards it. 
Already have a family meal planned together. 

Thanks in advance 
Newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic - 3/2/23
HB1AC 69 - 13/2/23 ____ HBA1C 46 - 4/04/2023
Battling depression, diabetes, PCOS and severe social anxiety


  • comeandgo
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    Which country in Africa is he going to?  Maybe contact the tour company and ask them for ideas or go to Trip Advisor and ask on the said country‘s forum for ideas.
  • Misslayed
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    For my uncle's 70th birthday my cousins arranged a 'burn up' for him and my aunt round the local area on one of those three wheeled motorbikes. They loved it!
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  • Squoozy
    Squoozy Forumite Posts: 159
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    If he’s going on a safari I would say a really nice camera is a must have
  • gwynlas
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    Tour company add ons can be needlessly expensive but you could look at the package they are on and see if it includes something like a balloon or helicopter  ride to give them an overall view of the area they are seeing at ground level. Or you could look at providing something like this as a red letter day experience for when he returns home. There are any number of things you could provide or do to make this birthday year special so prolonging the celebrations.
  • sammy_kaye18
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    Thanks all. 

    We actually had a family get together the weekend before last and had a meal with 14 of us - him, his wife, his two daughters, his two step children, his son in law, a daughter in law and his 6 grandkids. Then we went back to my sisters house and we had decorated the place with balloons and safari themed balloon animals with a safari themed cake for him. I did give him a small gift of Safari hats for him and his wife which they loved and have packed with them. 

    They flew out last night and landed in Africa this morning. I have cunningly been eeking details of their stay out of my father for the last few weeks so know where they are staying and have messaged the hotel and asked them if there is anything I can add to their holiday for them as it is his birthday. They have asked for the date, booking name etc which I have given to them and they are going to decorate his room, provide a small cake and sign them onto a night time safari on the day of his birthday. 

    Then when he gets home he will have an actual gift, cards etc. 

    Thank you for suggestions. x

    Newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic - 3/2/23
    HB1AC 69 - 13/2/23 ____ HBA1C 46 - 4/04/2023
    Battling depression, diabetes, PCOS and severe social anxiety
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