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“Good for dog walking and picnics” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam
Olifants Road | Emmarentia, Johannesburg, South Africa
011 782-7064
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Ranked #20 of 57 Attractions in Johannesburg
Type: Dams, Gardens, Parks, Aquariums, Outdoors
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Owner description: Tranquil gardens, walkways, shady arbors and benches make this sprawling park a popular respite from the pace of the city.
Sandton, South Africa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good for dog walking and picnics”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Living in such a green city as JHB, one would think that we have a lot of parks and green spaces - we do not. So this indeed is a great place to go with your dogs (and your pooper-scooper please), and if so inclined, the blanket, a drink and some food with family or friends. So, I really do recommend it to people who want to meet up in a green space on weekend.

What it is not is anything like the parks and space of the USA which are meticulously looked after and are treasured by their inhabitants. Our gardens are not well cared for at all except always mowed - the planting areas are not manicured, nor are can this really be called a botanical garden - there is too much missing and too many indigenous plants that just don't figure. It appears that our government does not see these spaces as treasures for next generations, and this is sad.

There is very interesting background to the water-ways which form part of this area, and yet you cannot find this information easily. It forms part of a large natural recycling area which removes toxins from the water that moves throughout JHB. We should encourage people to understand this and contribute - unfortunately, the water in the dam element is still quite polluted with a tremendous amount of litter and detritus.

The formal area which contains small dams/ fountains is also just kept clean as opposed to 20 plus years ago when I got to JHB and it was a marvel - all the fountains and water-ways worked, and they were always clean. Currently, a lot of arrears-maintenance is overtly missing and therefore not a sparkling show to behold...

There is a small restaurant on the grounds. I have tried twice now and enjoyed neither experience.

On occasion, flower and orchard shows are organised and this can add value for a weekend outing.

Parking and access is easy and the area is connected from Sandton, Randburg and Johannesburg with main roads.

One last comment - no real efforts are put into encouraging abundant bird-life. This would be an amazing venue to encourage owls, indigenous parrots and sun-birds. We also have a huge overpopulation of Egyptian geese (which are pretty and entertaining but crowd out indigenous species)

Visited September 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Amazing Family Venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is a great place to spend time with your family. Nice quiet places to go and hide away for a private picnic. The big water fountain is where we spent our first afternoon. Very Very Nice!

Visited September 2013
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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Greenery and Serenity in the middle of Madness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Took a day trip here during the vacation early this year. It was the perfect setting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Recommended for a day outing.

Visited January 2013
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Boskruin, Johannesburg
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Water and walks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Lovely walks past the water, through the rose gardens, and even Shakespeare's Garden - bring some bread for the ducks and geese, and a picnic for yourself

Visited May 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Pleasant afternoon walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Beautiful rose garden. Caters for young and old walks, cycling and dog walking without interferance of individual space. Will definitely go there again.

Visited July 2013
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