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Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam

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” (30 reviews)
“dog walking” (14 reviews)
“water features” (10 reviews)
Olifants Road | Emmarentia, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 782 7064
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited before Christmas with adults, young children and teenagers. What a beautiful place to wander around. Loads of little quirky gardens to look at plus the waterfall. Only downside for our party was the disappointing lunch. We had to wait an absolute age, and when...More

Thank ElizabethFlan43
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Large, safe, central, clean, majestic. Well maintained. Lake, cycling, dog walking and picnicking. A joy savored by locals.

Thank Grantrexcycling
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I have been to The botanical garden on many occasions and sat in various areas of the park, most often we find ourselves in The Rose Garden. Many times we have been and enjoyed ourselves with different amount of friends and family each time.I have...More

Thank Amy P
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We walk our dogs at Emmarentia Dam on a regular basis. It is just so refreshing to go for an early morning walk and breathe in some fresh air. It is a green lung in a concrete jungle. It is so good to see that...More

Thank lfrauenstein
Reviewed 15 November 2017

If you wanna experince an outside buffet on a Sunday afternoon. Thats the place to be. For those who love swiming. You can have a dip in the pool between servings.

Thank Sips027
Reviewed 9 November 2017

If you are a dog lover this place is a must, as it is a great place for dogs & their owners to socialize. Dogs love paddling in the streams & swimming in the dams & one can get in a good walk at the...More

Thank dee590
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful, large & well kept. Not quite what I expected growing up with Kirstenbosch in Cape Town, but lovely park even if it's status as a Botanical garden seems a bit misplaced.

1  Thank C1tten5
Reviewed 18 October 2017

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 12 October 2017

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 5 October 2017

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
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31 October 2016|
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Response from Zana M | Reviewed this property |
No braai. Only picnic.