We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam

Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (110)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good48%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“rose garden”(30 reviews)
“dog walking”(14 reviews)
“water features”(11 reviews)
Tranquil gardens, walkways, shady arbors and benches make this sprawling park a popular respite from the pace of the city.
As featured in 3 Days in Johannesburg
Olifants Road | Emmarentia, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 782 7064
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Johannesburg
from US$ 144.00
More Info
from US$ 111.90
More Info
from US$ 144.40
More Info
from US$ 97.40
More Info
Reviews (427)
Filter reviews
395 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews rose garden dog walking water features green lung feed the ducks beautiful flowers ride your bike beautiful park picnic blanket car guards concrete jungle walk around whole family trees leash canoe nature
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 395 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Melville, not far from the gardens and wanted a lazy day doing not much at all. Large open space but regrettably the cultivated area were very disappointing. Even allowing for the time of year the planting was quite poor. And there was...More

Thank PipPaul W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the gardens for the Linden Market and an Orchid show. Not one of the fountains were full or working, the gardens don’t look good at all, the bathrooms are clean but in a poor condition. Compared to the other botanical gardens in the...More

Thank 5derrickg
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
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 69 nearby hotels
Motel Mi Pi CHi
280 reviews
2.25 km away
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg
776 reviews
3.34 km away
Garden Court Milpark
464 reviews
3.46 km away
Idwala Boutique Hotel Johannesburg
109 reviews
3.61 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,421 nearby restaurants
RocoMamas Cresta Crossing
11 reviews
1.04 km away
Duke's Burgers
127 reviews
1.26 km away
78 reviews
1.21 km away
Doppio Zero Greenside
192 reviews
1.19 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 437 nearby attractions
Delta Park
90 reviews
2.65 km away
290 reviews
2.31 km away
58 reviews
2.25 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
1 February 2018|
Response from TaurangaTrout | Reviewed this property |
Opening hours sunrise to sunset, 7 days. No charge.
31 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Zana M | Reviewed this property |
No braai. Only picnic.