The further my car got from the gates of our security complex the more it felt like a weight was lifted from my shoulders. It felt great to have Google maps navigate us to a destination again. It felt good to see the tar with its white lines in my rear-view. It felt good to have some freedom.

Padkos (ˈpadˌkɒs) snacks and provisions for a journey

An Afrikaans word literally meaning ‘road food’

We had booked tickets to the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve near Krugersdorp. We wanted to go to the Lion Park near Harties, but it’s over a provincial line. It was a great decision tho!

The kids could barely contain their excitement at the gate with the elephant sculpture but once we started seeing the animals grazing in groups they were beside themselves. The Rhinos were a highlight especially with the little one staying closes to its parent – Lexa even tried to take photos on her tablet of them.

This is the first time Lily has seen a Rhino 🙂

Lily growled and miaawed at the white lions with their beautiful coats. They yelled at the ostriches because we shoo away all birds. The cheetach lazily meandered over to our car before finding a new shaded spot to rest in. There were even a few Springbokkies playfully running about.

Lexa was really excited to see Pumba! Can you spot them?

At the end of a 4-hour drive in the park the kids were spent. They had finally been outside the gates of our complex. Did something exciting with their parents. They were out in the wild – and they loved it.

Road trip (ˈroʊd ˌtrɪp) long trip or holiday taken by car

What to do with kids while in Gauteng


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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