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Johannesburg Botanical Garden

Attractive mix of natural and botanical gardens with famed reservoir.

  • 4.4

  • from 9443 Google reviews

A tree in the middle of a field
A tree in the middle of a field

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About the garden

Situated in the vibrant city of Johannesburg is the home of the renowned 7.5-hectare Emmarentia Dam and the beautiful Johannesburg Botanical Gardens. Once a bare sports field and golf driving range with no trees, the 81-hectare space has been transformed into a luscious grassy haven dotted with a delightful combination of exotic and native plants and over 56,000 trees.

View 10,000 Roses in the Rose Garden, which are particularly stunning in spring, discover culinary, cosmetic and African medicinal varieties in the Herb Garden and experience the desert in the Succulent Garden – host to plants from the Aloe, Euphorbia, Emblem and Sansevieria families, plus South Africa’s only indigenous Cactus. Meanwhile, the unique Shakespeare Garden is not to be missed; it contains herbs such as Mint, Camomile and Lavender each referred to by a quote from Shakespeare’s plays.

Before you leave, stroll past Californian Redwoods, English Oaks and Silver Birches in the Arboretum and relax in the tea pergola. Visitors can also take part in kite-flying competitions.

The park is fenced and gates at all the entrances are staffed by security guards.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 1 - 2 hours (Quarter Day) at Johannesburg Botanical Garden.

Opening times

Year Round Every Day 06:00 - 18:00

Useful details

Garden area

200.07 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads. Dogs allowed in a specific area of the garden.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).



City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, 2195

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  • 4.4

  • from 9443 Google reviews

Nyarai Gomiwa

a year ago


Always a treat to visit these gardens, be it in summer or winter. The summer brings with it beautifully bright flowers and lush green grass. It's a great and quiet place to relax, meet with a group of friends, or bring your family and kids to while enjoying the nature and well crafted landscape

Motti Shishler

7 months ago


Beautiful and tranquil place to visit whether you want to ride your bike, take a walk, picnic, feed the ducks or sit by the water (plus more). Don't always feel too comfortable around the rose gardens though as the people that congregate there like to point their cameras in your direction, especially if you are with a female or children. This issue has never been addressed appropriately

Kopano Kholopane

4 months ago


This is a really nice place to relax, I personally enjoy sitting my the dam. There is a lot of grass space for picnics, nice benches all over the garden, there is a stream as well. People do come here to walk their dogs so if you are not a fan of dogs keep that in mind. I highly recommend it

Sónia Esteves

a year ago


If you’re expecting a botanical garden 🪴 with a clear picture about the diversity of plants and some info about, think again. Although is still well kept it got some particular features, I would suggest to take some picnic and have an enjoyable and relaxing meal

A. L

4 months ago


Very well maintained garden, with lots of wild life (birds). The park itself was very clean and safe. This is a great place to enjoy a walk, spend time with family/friends or just to sit and relax nature.

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