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Probably the most frequented open-space area in the suburbs of Johannesburg, Zoo Lake has a restaurant, paddle-boat facilities as well as waterfowl in abundance. The restaurant is housed within buildings at the heart of the property and a bowling club lies to the right. Concerts are often hosted here and an annual, ‘Jazz at the Park' concert is becoming a recognized event. ‘Artists under the Sun' is a regular affair providing artists an opportunity to showcase their works by the lakeside. Weekends are always hectic and everyone and their dog seems to find some amusement there. No entrance fee. Dogs on leashes only. Plenty of parking.
Take a break from the busy city life and enjoy an family-outing at Emmarentia Dam. Spread across 18.53 acres (7.5 hectares) of land, this dam is popular picnic spot amongst tourists and locals alike and is equipped with barbecue facilities for you to enjoy a hearty meal with your loved ones. The dam is surrounded by several botanical gardens and boasts of splendid vistas. Besides, this spot usually sees flocks of migratory birds and is popular destination amongst the avid bird-watchers and photographers. Emmarentia Dam has a canoe club nearby where you can enjoy water-sport activities and also houses a tea room for you to relish a quick bite with some refreshments. Even your furry-friend can accompany you here as this is a well-known dog-walking area.
Forming an important part of a soon-to-be extensive green belt area running from the west of Johannesburg all the way to the East Rand, Florida Lake is a wonderful haven of tranquility close to main roads that lead straight to the heart of the city. An interesting assortment of ducks waddle about, and the lake is frequented by numerous other bird species. Access is unrestricted and free but barbecuing facilities need to be booked, especially on weekends. A lovely place to picnic or simply stroll and enjoy the water's presence.
The Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is the largest official nature reserve in Johannesburg, and it's well worth the short drive from the center of the city. The area contains diverse wildlife, including zebra and black wildebeest. There are also six hiking trails that range in difficulty.
Kloofendal Nature Reserve was founded on the site of the first payable gold mining operation of 1884 (this was prior to the main reefs being discovered). The old shafts have been restored and are national monuments, open to view. The wildlife is generally of the smaller variety, the main attraction being the pristine vegetation contained by the reserve. Walking trails traverse the area. The facility is also occasionally offered as a live music venue. It closes from May to September due to the high risk of veld (bush) fires during this time.