My Peaceful Sleep Adventure Series is slowly coming to an end along with Summer which is so sad, but I have had the best time creating these posts and sharing them with you guys as well as getting to hang out doing cool stuff with my kids and Shane! Before it does come to an end though I’m going to be showing you a couple more awesome activities to do in and around Johannesburg all whilst under the protective force field created by Peaceful Sleep’s extensive Family Care Range.
If you are the type of family that likes being outside under the big beautiful sky surrounded by nature then this next post is just for you because it involves the very scenic and serene Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and a morning of easy hiking, peanut butter sandwiches and speckled eggs.
This was actually the first time we have ever taken Nina James on a hike and even though we didn’t go super far, because she is only three and a half 🙂 we still did about a kilometre and she absolutely loved it; stopping every 2 minutes to look at bugs, rocks and butterflies. It was actually so sweet to see her so engaged with her surroundings.
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is made up of 11 595 hectares of some of the most beautiful flora and fauna, and because the reserve is so extensive, it makes it a super popular spot for hiking, cycling and picnicking. There a couple of trails one can choose from, we went on the Bokmakierie trail which can either be walked as a 10km or a 11.5km route or in our case a 1km route hehe. There is also a 4km trail if you feel that you can’t go too far without desperately looking around for a rescue vehicle of some kind operated by Bear Grylls! Apart from the dense vegetation that makes up the reserve, there is also an impressive array of wildlife which can be spotted, including zebra, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, mountain reedbuck, common duiker, steenbok, grey duiker, baboon, oribi, blesbok, springbok and kudu.
On the hike, I used Peaceful Sleep’s Family Care Lotion on all of us and it was great because it’s non-greasy, lightweight and offers up to eight hours of gentle, yet effective protection against mosquitoes and biting insects, which means we came home with not even one bite. Because it’s so gentle you can use it on kids who are as young as 6 months, which is really awesome.
We landed up having such a cool morning and this is definitely one of those things I would highly recommend if you feel like peace and quiet and being surrounded by some of Mother Nature’s finest work and the best part about this magical piece of South Africa is that it’s only about an hour away from Johannesburg, which to me is such a bonus! Anywhere that is as beautiful and doesn’t require a tedious car journey to get to it is A-OK in my books.
Happy hiking everyone!
Directions: From Johannesburg, take the N3 highway towards Heidelberg. Take the R550/Alberton Road off-ramp and turn right, across the highway. Turn left to the reserve.