Lazy Days At Emmarentia Dam

Picnics, punch parties and lazy days. It’s what Emmarentia Dam is all about. Here’s the nitty-gritty about one of our favourite dams to go hang at. 


Before we get to the fun stuff, let’s dive head-first into the history behind Emmarentia as a suburb. We’ll make it quick – promise. So, the majority of the northern suburbs formed part of a farm called Braamfontein. A piece of the farm was bought by a guy called Lourens. He was married to a dame named Emmarentia. Yup, the penny just dropped. That’s it. The guy bought the portion in hopes that one of the gold reefs would trail onto his property and after digging up most of the place he realised he pretty much just bought a plot of land with a dam in the middle of it… well, the dam was built as a waterhole for cattle.

Anyway, Emmarentia dam is actually made up of three different dams – of which two smaller portions flow into the bigger. It is a prime fishing and canoeing spot and forms part of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens. It’s a fun place to have picnics at, feed the ducks and go for a jog. Every now and then the park will be invaded by free-spirited guitar swinging young musicians which add a youthful ambience to the air.

Spoil yourself with 7.5 hectares of botanical brilliance. Take the dogs to the park and hang out with your friends, family and complete strangers who are keen on doing the same thing as you… relaxing. There is a little food stall/cafeteria but it’s nothing to write home about so if you’re not in the mood for a toasted cheese and tomato on white bread then maybe grab something at the Emmarentia strip up the road or pack your own yummy picnic basket.

By Shawn Greyling

Have you been to Emmarentia Dam and the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens? What was it like? Let us know in the comments section below. And, as always, sharing is caring so throw this on social media for us. 

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