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The Wilds

  • 4.5

  • from 1789 Google reviews

About the garden

This 16ha nature reserve on the outskirts of Houghton is set against lovely koppies with well-developed indigenous gardens. Paths ramble across the hillsides with views of the city from various sides, mixing urban life with local vegetation.

The Wilds provides a pristine natural environment, appropriate for small corporate events. It is a lovely space for weddings and other types of photography. With running waterfalls and fountains, it provides a gentle respite from the nearby inner-city suburbs. At the peak of The Wilds is a sundial that marks a wonderful city skyline view.

Even in winter the park is evergreen, with wild red aloes to provide colour against grey skies. Given its stature as a nature reserve, events at The Wilds are limited to ensure that the natural flora and fauna are protected.

Opening times

Monday - Friday 08h00 - 17h00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, 2198

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 1789 Google reviews

Anthony Rosenbaum

3 weeks ago


A lovely park to walk in. Fairly well maintained under the circumstances prevailing in the city of Johannesburg. Thank goodness for the people who care about preserving The Wilds. If you have never been there or have last visited the park a number of years ago, it is worth a visit. We felt safe although we only walked the western part of The Wilds, because the eastern part is apparently not that safe to walk alone or as a pair. It is recommended that one only walks the eastern section in a group.

Ayesha Bibi Khan

2 months ago


Beautiful gem in the middle of the city! Guards were friendly and helpful. Paths were reasonably marked out with a good map at the beginning. We explored the west side which is small and can be done in an hour comfortably. Most of it is under a tree canopy so a good walk on a warm day. Lovely lawns and benches along the way, should you to picnic. All in all a fun way to spend a morning :)

Teneal Jean-Pierre

a month ago


Extremely relaxing! Beware though there's a lot of up hill! It's so peaceful. Some ponds are sort of dry but there are a few with water. The view is absolutely amazing and they have very beautiful plants and trees in this reserve unlike some places!

Hugh bendavid

2 weeks ago


Really great and beautiful views of Johannesburg. Feels like you far away but only 2km from city centre. Really worth a walk through this park. Beautiful

Arielle M. Lusinga

2 weeks ago


It's quite picturesque, serene and clean. What a breath of fresh air. If you're looking for somewhere to unwind and be one with nature, this is the perfect place for you. The best part is that it's totally free of charge!

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