The nature reserve is situated on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Yes, an actual nature reserve in the middle of a concrete jungle and the beautiful suburb of Lonehill makes for the perfect settings. The entrance to the Reserve can be found at the dead-end on Calderwood Road.
A few years ago we decided that we were going to swap birthday parties for new experiences and adventuring. It was definitely the best decision we have ever made. Seeing as my eldest son was celebrating his birthday we decided to go on a hike and do some fishing at the Lonehill Nature Reserve. After some research we were convinced that taking the “Granny path” was the right decision to make considering we had kids on the hike starting from the age of 7. So we entered the reserve and made our way to an isolated picnic bench at the foot of Lonehill Koppie. Signage in the reserve is seriously lacking and all we could find were white arrows on the rocks. We however couldn’t figure out which was the Granny path and decided to just wing it. The kids, filled with excitement and enthusiasm raced up ahead. I what I would do to have that kind of energy and zest for life.
We made our way down but holy hell …. it was steep and I definitely felt it on my knees the day after. The perks of having a big bum is that it was easy and safer sliding down those boulders. Our way down was much easier than the way up that’s for sure. Within a few short minutes we were done with the hike. I have to admit that we were left feeling rather disappointed. We were in the swing of things and our sense of adventure was crying out for more.
All in all it was a fun hike especially perfect for little kids as it isn’t too long. I love that the Nature Reserve is directly next to the park, which is where we ending up spending the rest of the day. The adults chilled under the trees while the kids fished at the little lake and played. A fun family outing that I would highly recommend especially for families with kids.