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Parks and nature in Johannesburg

Top nature recommendations from locals

Athletics & Sports
“Large Park with a parkrun on a Saturday morning. As with all South African parks don't go alone.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Park
“The gardens grew out of a large rose garden that was established in 1964 and subsequently expanded from 1969 to cover an area of around 125 hectares. It is administered by Johannesburg City Parks”
  • 38 locals recommend
Park
“The park has a great jungle gym for kids. It also has a popular walking trail, and outdoor gym equipment. Closes at 6pm”
  • 16 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“-Melville Koppies Guided Tour - +27 11 482 4797. Melville Koppies, Melville (Parking opposite the entrance at Marks Park Sports Club, Judith Rd, Emmarentia). Every Sunday (alternating between 08:30 and 15:00 departures every other week). Melville Koppies is a Nature Reserve and a Johannesburg City Heritage Site. Its geology goes back three billion years. Stone tools show that Early Stone Age man camped here as long as 500 000 years ago. There is a Late Stone Age living floor. Within the last 1 000 years Iron Age immigrants arrived, and remains of their kraal walls can be found on the northern slopes. In 1963 an iron-smelting furnace was excavated and can be seen today. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Established in 1904, it is dedicated to the accommodation, enrichment, and medical care of 2000 individuals of 320 species. Open every day of the week from 8:30am - 5:30pm.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“It is a sizeable park with old and mature trees and a friendly environment ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bistro
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“Ideal for parents with small children. Excellent quality food and childminders on site.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
  • 9 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“My best Italian place in the area, on 4th Avenue, Parkhurst. If you have some time it’s well worth a visit and a walk up and down 4th avenue ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
  • 7 locals recommend
Golf Course
“Lovely stunning park for walking, running, or just hanging out with friends. Restaurant on site.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Mini hike/beautiful views. Recommended to go in group of 2 or more day time”
  • 5 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“It is a viewpoint on top of the hill that provides the best view over most areas of the wider Johannesburg area including Sandton. This place is great for sundowners or just to enjoy the view.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pool
“Large and clean but old public pool. Often busy in late afternoons in summer, especially weekends, but quiet in the mornings and work week. Afordable season tickets permit access out of normal hours when its guaranteed to be quiet. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Sandton Central Park is a small, intimate park located in the heart of the financial district of Sandton. It occasionally hosts live music day festivals as well as other events. It has an amphitheater, sculptured garden beds, indigenous tress, solar powered lights and benches to sit on.”
  • 1 local recommends
Scenic Lookout
“Catch a sundowner from the Koppies. Closed after dark and try to go in a group of at least 2 for safety reasons. Great views over Johannesburg and to the Magaliesberg/Northcliff.”
  • 4 locals recommend