Dog Friendly Parks

Everyone knows the best parks in Joburg but how many of you are aware of which ones allow dogs? You don’t want to arrive at the park only to be told that man’s best friend is not welcome, so the team have put together a ‘Top 5’ list to make things easy for you.

Note from
Please take care when attending any park in and around the city, there is always the risk of crime so we therefore advise that you go in a group. Some of these parks will do guided tours, contact them if you are interested in something along those lines.

Walkhaven gets the number one spot because they really cater strongly to our four legged friends. With a dedicated pet friendly restaurant (The Walkhaven Kitchen), bar (The Dog Box) as well as a top notch kennel (Jurassic Bark Kennel), Walkhaven just can’t be beaten for a dog loving family’s day out of the house. The farm itself boasts 22 hectares of grassland and is a stone’s throw from the Cradle of Humankind. A must for dog lovers!

Address: Plot 77, Zwartkop, Johannesburg
Open Hours: Seven days a week 08h00 to 18h00
Cost: R20 per adult and R10 for kids under 12 (there are also annual fees if you want to save money)

Marais Steyn Park
This park isn’t spectacular by a long shot but has a nice stretch of land for your dogs to exercise and caters to those of you living east of the city. There is a lot of bird life around a small wetland for those of you into a little bird watching. There is also a skating bowl, which happens to be one of Joburg’s best kept skateboarding secrets which the kids will enjoy.

Address: Corner Cork Avenue and Beech Avenue, Edenvale
Open hours: Open all day seven days a week
Cost: Free

The Wilds
Arguably Joburg’s most beautiful park, declared a National Monument and strangely sitting in the dead centre of urban Johannesburg. This jaw dropping park is open for walking tours during the summer months and you can bring your dog provided it’s on a leash.

Address: Parking is available on the corner of Houghton Drive and St. Patricks, Houghton
Open Hours The park is open during business hours weekdays and weekends but the best way to visit the park is by organising a tour
Contact: 011 712 6600
Cost: Free

Sandton Field and Study Centre
A huge fenced-off piece of land with the added bonus of security where dogs can run wild to their hearts content. Horses inhabit the land across from the park which always has the dogs inquisitive and enjoying themselves. This park is situated close to the Sandton CBD which makes it a nice one for the northern suburbs crowd. There is a café on the property called River Café – great atmosphere and lovely meals.

Address: Off Rivonia Road, Sandton
Open Hours: Call for more info
Contact: 011 783 7407
Cost: Free

Faerie Glen Pretoria
This one is for our readers from Pretoria but is also possibly one of the best places for a dog walk in Gauteng. The land is tidy and absolutely massive with bridges to cross streams and lots of walking tours to choose from. Dogs are required to be on a lead but with the size of the area you may get away with letting them off for a quick run.

Address: General Louis Botha Road, Faerie Glen, Pretoria
Open Hours: 06h00 to 18h00 all week
Contact: 012 348 1265/6
Cost: R5 per person

A few more ideas:

Gillooly’s Farm
Gillooly’s Farm is a big winner when it comes to walking your dogs (thanks to Larry in the comment section for reminding me). Read the comment below for his personal experience regarding this. 011 453 2207.
George Lea Park – In Hurlingham, they allow for dog walks.
Hugh Wyndham Park – In Dunkeld, they allow for dogs and is a great spot for picnicking etc.
Lonehill Dam – A popular place for dog walkers and has a security guard making it one of the safer park areas.
Cheltondale Park – Near Norwood Mall, this park is popular with people in the area for dog walking. There is also a children’s play area.
Rhodes Park – Situated in old Kensington, Rhodes Park is popular amongst the retired crowd for the bowling greens but you can also walk your dogs there.

Do you know of any other great places to walk your dog? Let us know by commenting below!

by Byron Marais

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One thought on “Dog Friendly Parks

  1. The two best dog parks in South Africa are 1: Emmarentia, off lead, lots of friendly dogs and dams to swim in. 2: Delta Park. Huge space, off lead and dams for swimming.


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