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Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam

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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, South Africa
+27 11 782 7064
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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Even at this time of year, this is lovely. It is well maintained. Many, though not all specimens are labeled. In some places, for example with the cycads, where there is a comparison of them to ferns and palms, there are more extensive discussions. The...More

Thank Carmen P
Reviewed 13 August 2018

I go to the Botanical gardens very often. We have our family get together there. I go alone with my wife and kids for a picnic. The waterfall and scenery is amazing. I always enjoy going there to distress. Love this place. Its a must...More

1  Thank eus2nf
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

I take all of my guests here as it's a beautiful place to see. It's also sp huge that it's perfect for pic nics, games etc.

Thank Irina A
Reviewed 19 July 2018

We were staying at a guesthouse in melville, and this is a great place to walk. Interesting gardens, large open spaces, lots of friendly dogs with their walkers. Beautiful place!

Thank 1CZ1
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Well laid out very clean and tidy with families having picnics in the well maintained gardens. There is a small restaurant serving delicious food with friendly very efficient service. Love spending time here

Thank Thabo M
Reviewed 6 July 2018

Beautiful gardens, although a little more maintenance would go a long way, but seen as you don't pay entrance i feel you cant complain, Family atmosphere and you can see people go here to relax.

Thank Hayley D
Reviewed 19 June 2018

An extensive green lung in the city where many people walk their dogs, take a run (5km) or mountain bike. Trees to sit under in the summer and picnic with open areas to kick a ball with the little ones. The formal gardens are definitely...More

Thank Ian A
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

A nice spot to walk dogs and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s quite big and will work just fine for jogs too.

Thank Anzel d
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Usually come here after spending my day at the Linden market. So tranquil. Full of birds and roses. Though most roses were without flowers, it is still the best place to come for a picnic and wind your mind from the city buzz.

1  Thank ntiyis0m
Reviewed 10 May 2018

This free entrance is more of a park than a botanical garden. It is safe, neat and clean, with loads of water features, which makes it perfect for a great outdoorsy walk. There are a lot of water birds, so folks are encouraged to keep...More

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1 February 2018|
Response from TaurangaTrout | Reviewed this property |
Opening hours sunrise to sunset, 7 days. No charge.
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Response from Zana M | Reviewed this property |
No braai. Only picnic.