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.
The Johannesburg Botanical Garden is an expansive green space that proves to be a respite to the local population in the busy city. Located close to Emmarentia Dam, the gardens pose great scenic potential. Apart from that a great variety of indigenous flora is also displayed in a well-organized manner. Of the different gardens inside The Shakespeare Garden and The Rose Garden attract most number of visitors. The large lawn area is used by local joggers and picnickers, and there might be an occasional concert as well.
Spread over an area of 16 hectares, this splendid inner city park is a haven for nature lovers. The Wilds offers the city's outdoor enthusiasts a chance to leave behind the city's urban landscape without having to venture beyond the city's limits. Paved paths make their way across the reserve, leading you past tranquil gardens, shimmering pools and babbling waterfalls. The hilly terrain offers splendid views of the city and makes for a moderately challenging hike. Bird watchers will find much to capture their fancy as they make their way across the park. The Wilds is also home to some hard to find indigenous flora and plant species. Although the park is popular amongst local dog walkers, it is best to explore this verdant wonderland in a group. The park is split down the middle by Houghton Drive, however a number of walkways connect the two sides to one another. Look for the sundial that marks the highest point of The Wilds. The spot also offers some splendid vistas to admire. Certain areas of the Wilds are available on hire for weddings and corporate events.