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Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam

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Olifants Road | Emmarentia, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 782 7064
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Tranquil gardens, walkways, shady arbors and benches make this sprawling park a popular respite from the pace of the city.
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good48%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“rose garden” (29 reviews)
“dog walking” (13 reviews)
“water features” (10 reviews)
Olifants Road | Emmarentia, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 782 7064
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Dog Park are well worth a visit. The grounds are well-kept and beautiful. A wonderful space for photo shoots or picnics, large lawns for ball games, and innumerable trees. As with any public space in Joburg, be on alert for...More

Thank Nicola K
Reviewed 1 week ago

its a wonderful place to go and unwind you can exercise around the gardens if you feel as very spacious. it is very clean and looked after. there are beautiful spots to have a picnic lunch.

Thank joanneclairep
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been to this spot for a few music festivals and picnics. The dam and surrounding gardens are very relaxing. Taking a picnic blanket and basket is a great day out. Well worth the effort.

Thank Brett G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always go as a family my daughter loves feeding the ducks and running around its such a peaceful environment ...even when there are weddings it doesn't disturb the peace they have their own section which i think is really nice.

Thank bernicemuntz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These gardens used to be well maintained, with seasonal plantings of masses of bulbs, including narcissi and hyacinths , primulas and pansies. The fountains and ponds functioned and the rose gardens were spectacular in October. Now, it is dry and dusty, with many signs of...More

Thank Renewalsh
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Clean beautiful and well kept. with food and drinks available or for a great picnic day. They have eagles residing on the cliff and this is a great attraction.

1  Thank R8409KSvictors
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We spent a hour here and it was well worth the visit. Could of spent a lot longer. The paths were nice and wide and the place was clean and well maintained. There was a lot of families present. The flower gardens were superb. There...More

Thank TaurangaTrout
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I ran around the gardens everyday for two weeks. It was the only time I felt relaxed while in Jo'berg. During the dry months it can get dusty, but when things warm up there are concerts and other events on here. Good for a walk...More

Thank Markus8888
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Beautiful park, with wide open space for picnics, bird photography, running or just enjoy the view. Free entrance when I was there, on a sunday. A really must see in Johannesburg.

1  Thank Lucas K
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We went back to this park this week. It was clean and beautiful as when we visited years ago. Great place for a 5 km or so run or mountain bike ride. Safe parking and impeccably clean!

Thank Hooggenoeg
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Response from Zana M | Reviewed this property |
No braai. Only picnic.