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.
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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