The idea was to join the Wild Flower guided walk that was theoretically happening at Kloofendal, but there wasn’t a soul in sight when we got to the reserve. Most annoyingly actually! This isn’t the first time we’ve organised to go on a guided walk there, only for it to be cancelled without warning.

So, we decided to take a walk anyway… not that all of us were wearing shoes for a hike! LOL! I was wearing sandals, and Connor was in slops, which didn’t bode well for the loose stones on the steep hills.

It’s such a gorgeous place… and so quiet compared to the other local reserves. It’s definitely not as well kept, but there were signs that it was being cleaned up. Apparently there’s a volunteer organisation that helps clear the alien vegetation etc in the area.

We did see signs of animal life too, we walked past a few piles of buck droppings.

This plaque is on a wall close to the old gold mine on the reserve. It’s the old Struben mine, where the first gold deposits were found in Joburg.

After the walk, we had a picnic. The kids played soccer and cricket in the amphitheatre stage area… partly because they liked the echos, and partly (well mostly) ¬†because the grass in the amphitheatre was covered in flowering weeds and therefore a carpet of bees!

The 3 twelve year olds…