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Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam

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Ever green @ Emmarentia

We attended an orchid show as well as the Linden Market at the gardens. The gardens have various... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Johannesburg, South Africa
Relax in Nature

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens gives you the options to walk in a nice, quite and secure... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lae, Papua New Guinea
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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

In summer watch the wedding pictures being taken and have a lovely picnic. In autumn the trees drop their leaves and the piles become a playground for all ages.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank charlie_bertin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended an orchid show as well as the Linden Market at the gardens. The gardens have various sections, i.e. for walking dogs, mountain biking, the rose garden, the botanical gardens, etc. It is a lovely large park to escape to from city life. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kardoesie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens gives you the options to walk in a nice, quite and secure surrounding. Its a good option to leave the hustle and bustle of Joburg behind you.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stzw77
Reviewed December 8, 2018 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
1  Thank 492darcik
Reviewed November 26, 2018 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 November 13, 2018

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 November 10, 2018

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
1  Thank MichLogan
Reviewed November 6, 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 November 6, 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 November 4, 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
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January 2, 2019|
Response from Queen M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, entrance is R110 for adults
November 12, 2018|
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Response from ntiyis0m | Reviewed this property |
You have to contact the park management to make arrangements for an event there as you will not be allowed without prior arrangement.
February 1, 2018|
Response from TaurangaTrout | Reviewed this property |
Opening hours sunrise to sunset, 7 days. No charge.