If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, make sure to visit the Johannesburg Botanical Garden and Emmarentia Dam, located 6km from Johannesburg’s city centre in the suburb of Emmarentia.


The gardens date back to 1886 before the city of Johannesburg was founded. The area was part of a farm owned by the Geldenhuys family, and is named after Louw Geldenhuys’s wife, Emmarentia.

It has 7 distinct gardens, namely 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 herb garden, which contains aromatic plants which have medicinal benefits, culinary uses and cosmetic purposes, can only be visited upon request, and the Shakespeare garden features over 4500 rose bushes.

The Emmarentia Dam, which spans 7.5-hectares, is ideal for watersports such as canoeing and sailing small boats. There are canoeing and rowing club facilities available, and birdwatchers can see geese, dabchicks (little grebes), moorhens and other waterfowl.

People frequently come and have picnics by the dam, and during the week, joggers enjoy a run through the park.


The awesomeness and serenity of the Emmarentia Dam.


The ducks on the bank of the dam going about their business.

Johannesburg folk enjoying the serenity of the dam.

The menu of all the goodies you can feast on at the Gardens.

Kiddies love their tricycles!

So if you’re Johannesburg and need a peaceful place for relaxation and fun in the sun with those you love, do pop into the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, located on Olifants Road in Emmarentia, Johannesburg.

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  1. Tranquility restaurant sucks big time on service.
    Try to phone them now for two days but owner just don’t call back and is always unavailable.
    Maybe that the reason for terrible service??
    Will not visit gardens again!!

    1. Argh no, so sorry you had a not-so-great experience 😦 I haven’t tried their restaurant as yet, but the gardens are great if you bring your own picnic basket, more so in Spring and Autumn 🙂

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