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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Aeon L Says:

Sadly the reality of the park is not anything like the pictures on the website. Poorly kept and uninviting. The Rose garden was very lacking. One wonders if there is no budget to maintain luscious...

btraveler36 Says:

It was just okay. I wasn’t impressed at all, however, there is a great dog park near by and the botanical garden park is a great place to go walking.

Margot P Says:

A break from the urban sprawl, lots of places to walk, feed ducks, look at the fountains and roses. Even a small playground for little ones, lots of ice cream and lollies being sold

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