Set in the heartland of Joburg, Emmarentia Park has two major attractions for visitors. The Johannesburg Botanic Gardens, and Emmarentia Dam. The garden has seven distinct gardens – the Herb Garden, the Hedge Garden, the Succulent Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, the Rose Garden, the Chapel Garden and the Arboretum (a collection composed exclusively of trees). The dam offers rowing enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy their sport within the city. The dam attracts a variety of bird life, while on the wide spaces to the north west of the dam people walk their dogs, picnic, jog along the pathways, or simply chill out.

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Emmarentia Dam and the surrounding botanical gardens provide a beautiful green space and recreational area for Joburgers and visitors alike.


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Nicola K Says:

The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Dog Park are well worth a visit. The grounds are well-kept and beautiful. A wonderful space for photo shoots or picnics, large lawns for ball games, and...

joanneclairep Says:

its a wonderful place to go and unwind you can exercise around the gardens if you feel as very spacious. it is very clean and looked after. there are beautiful spots to have a picnic lunch.

Brett G Says:

Been to this spot for a few music festivals and picnics. The dam and surrounding gardens are very relaxing. Taking a picnic blanket and basket is a great day out. Well worth the effort.

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