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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 4 days ago 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
Thank 492darcik
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
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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
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Great place to walk and feel like you are out in the countryside. Dogs not on leashes and cyclists can be a problem on weekends.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank peterkb2018
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Had a very great afternoon sometime in October 2018. Didn't know there was an entrance fee until we got there. Good thing you can pay with your debit card. Parks was very well taken care off. Lovely place to go as a couple, friends/family to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Queen M
Reviewed 7 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PipPaul W
Reviewed 30 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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12 November 2018|
Response from Queen M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I think it was R50 (or R45) per person (adult)
1 February 2018|
Response from TaurangaTrout | Reviewed this property |
Opening hours sunrise to sunset, 7 days. No charge.
31 October 2016|
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Response from Zana M | Reviewed this property |
No braai. Only picnic.