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Tranquil gardens, walkways, shady arbors and benches make this sprawling park a popular respite from the pace of the city.
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Olifants Road | Emmarentia, Johannesburg 2194, South Africa
+27 11 782 7064
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful botanic garden surrounded by magnificent park and wetland areas. Has a lake with paddlers, boats and ducks, parks where you can picnic with your dog all set in a lush green beautifully maintained property. Also has a coffee shop for those inclined.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 99julesm
Reviewed 9 February 2019

Beautiful garden with a pond and geese (and occasional swans visits) . Where one can also fly a kite , kick some ball, play badminton, kids can ride bicycles . Very relaxing , spacious and nicely set.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Vixandfriends
Reviewed 17 January 2019

In summer watch the wedding pictures being taken and have a lovely picnic. In autumn the trees drop their leaves and the piles become a playground for all ages.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank charlie_bertin
Reviewed 27 December 2018

We attended an orchid show as well as the Linden Market at the gardens. The gardens have various sections, i.e. for walking dogs, mountain biking, the rose garden, the botanical gardens, etc. It is a lovely large park to escape to from city life. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kardoesie
Reviewed 22 December 2018

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens gives you the options to walk in a nice, quite and secure surrounding. Its a good option to leave the hustle and bustle of Joburg behind you.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stzw77
Reviewed 8 December 2018 via mobile

Very nice gardens with a variety of areas and displays. The fountain wasn’t working last year with drought but this year it was quite grand. Would have loved to take a boat out and join the rowing crews- they are fun to watch if you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 492darcik
Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

I really liked coming here and exploring and really recommend it. There are paths to explore and open grassy field areas, marsh and reed areas, piknic areas, a rose garden, an herb garden, a succulents area, the lake area, there are benches to relax and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KweqSmanit
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Lovely to pack a picnic and have a brunch in the gardens. It is a stunning place to relax , take a short walk in the "woods" and just chill. An ideal place for a family outing.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Diana H
Reviewed 10 November 2018

I grew up a stone's thow away from the Emmarentia Dam and have watched the land adjacent to it develop from veld into a park. There are the Botanical Gardens, well worth a visit; they are more open than most gardens, and not heavily treed,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MichLogan
Reviewed 7 November 2018

These gardens are truely beautiful. It is a very large space so wear your walkings and take a picnic basket with a blanket. The gardens are devided into an areas where you can walk with your dogs and an area where the dogs are not...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank catharinesim
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10 February 2019|
Response from Vixandfriends | Reviewed this property |
Hi. The public transport system is still very immature in Johannesburg. There might be a possibility to use few minibus taxis but I'm not sure which ones exactly. There is a park near Merlose Arch - James and Ethel Grey... More
2 January 2019|
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Response from Vixandfriends | Reviewed this property |
IT is free, unless there is an event ( a concert or alike)
12 November 2018|
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Response from ntiyis0m | Reviewed this property |
You have to contact the park management to make arrangements for an event there as you will not be allowed without prior arrangement.