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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 May 2015

We visit this park at least twice a month if possible. My dog (a Dacshund) loves to stroll in these spacious well kept gardens. The park is exceptionally well tended and maintained. Dogs of all breeds walk with their families "off leash" and the incredible...More

11  Thank Gerald D
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 12 February 2015

So a while ago me and my ex went to the park we had a great time but the trouble came when the parks security came up to us refused to let us leave saying that we were having sex in the park? WHICH WE...More

13  Thank gabzzz6
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Reviewed 1 week 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.

Thank Diana H
Reviewed 1 week 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

1  Thank MichLogan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank catharinesim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank peterkb2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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

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

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
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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.