What started out as a part of the farm called Braamfontein eventually turned into what we know today as Zoo Lake. It is as iconic to the city as the Hillbrow tower is to the metropolitan skyline. From paddle boat rides to picnics under mighty oak trees, it’s all here. The park includes a restaurant, arts and crafts market and designated braai areas. Bring the family and spend your Sunday with fellow South Africans out in the sun.
Situated in the heart of Newtown, Metro Park was opened in 2014. The park was honoured with a Gold Award of Excellence in the Landscape Construction with Design by Others category for outstanding design and development on the facility. Thanks to a global statement that all cities must contain parks, Jozi is being seasoned with more public parks as the city grows. This park is something out of a kid’s dream. The play area is cool enough to bring a grown up to tears.
The Koppies have become a very popular hiking spot for many of the northern suburbs’ residents. The park is also popular among people with dogs. An ample amount of trees make for the perfect spot to take midday or early evening strolls. There are a handful of picnic benches so bring a book along, grab a seat and start rekindling with nature.
Kloofendal Nature Reserve
Kloofendal is a cultural heritage and ecotourism facility in Roodepoort. The park was one of the first nature reserves in Joburg and offers urbanites a retreat from city life. The area has a high conservation value, with the natural environment representing a transition zone between the Bankenveld, Drakensberg and Savana ecosystems. The park also includes an amphitheater and braai area.
This park is a stone’s throw away from NorthGate and boasts 55ha of walking space and a very special hiking path that goes around the dam. The venue is a local favourite and a popular Sunday braai spot. Be sure to check it out whenever you’re in the area. Bring a ball along, and maybe your sausage dog as well.