Nature & Wildlife

Parks and open spaces
  • The Zoo Lake: a lovely Park area across Jan Smuts Ave from the Johannesburg Zoo. After public holidays and even Sundays before the litter has been cleared, it can be quite tacky, so avoid these days. If you have children feed the ducks and then have lunch or a drink at Moyos outdoor restaurant 011 646 7758
  • Emmarentia Dam and Botanical Gardens (still no action group organizing walks but a lovely park and open area.)
  • Witwatersrand Botanical Gardens: Malcolm Road, Poortview 011 958 1750 Far out, at least an hour's drive from Liz at Lancaster but well worth a visit if you are here for a long stay and like the outdoors. Take a full morning minimum. There is a lovely waterfall and walk up to the viewing point to see a pair of nesting black eagles.
  • Melville Koppies Judith Rd Emmarentia Johannesburg: Open days: 2nd & 4th Sunday: 8.30am; Adults R20, kids R10; 1st & 3rd Sunday: 3pm Wendy Carstens 011 482 4797 Guests are taken on a 1 hr guided walk followed by a stroll down to the spruit. The whole route through the 50 hectare reserve takes about 3hrs.; bring water bottle, hat, good shoes. For full programme of all the different events (and there are lots) see
  • Every Saturday at 8 am there is a 5km timed Park Run (or walk) at Delta Park. Part of a world-wide initiative, these run/walks are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. All sorts take part: serious runners, walkers, dog owners, parents with prams and young kids. It starts at the Environmental Centre accessed from Victory Park (for directions see but if you want to walk the start is a 25 minute walk from Liz at Lancaster.
  • Johannesburg Zoo: cr Jan Smuts and Upper Park Drive 5 and 10km walks through the Zoo every 2nd Sunday of the month 011 646 2000

  • Kloofendal North West Johannesburg The reserve is open 7 days a week, incl. public holidays, 06h00 until 18h00; Free entry; Guided Walks: R30; children R20. Nocturnal events: Adults R40; children R20. R10 per car for security guard to be on duty. More detail phone Karin Spottiswoode 011 674 2980; 072 595 6991 The Kloofendal Nature Reserve is situated in the suburb of Kloofendal, Roodepoort. It is on the west side of Johannesburg, midway between Westgate and Clearwater Mall. The entrance is on Galena Street, between Topaz and Ouklip Roads, in the suburb of Kloofendal. Walks can also be self guided. Take a picnic and enjoy the day out. Visit the bird hide.
  • There are great hikes in the Magaliesberg but as they are all on private farms, it is virtually impossible to have access unless you are a member of the local hiking club or mountaineering club. See Johannesburg Hiking Association 011 465 -9888
  • The Crocodile Ramble in the Cradle of Humankind Contact numbers 0145779323 or (0)83 381 4187 ; (0)83 284 3523; Seems to be one of the really successful local regional tourism associations (along with the Midlands Meander in Natal)
  • Horse riding down in Delta Park: (5 blocks from Liz at Lancaster) can be arranged over weekends; Phone Peta-Anne on 082 452 9321
  • Lipizzaner Horse Shows: Every Sunday 10.30. 011 702 2103 R100 per adult 1 Dahlia Rd Kyalami

Game viewing
  • Pilanesberg National Park: Home to the big 5 The best option by far is to take a day trip to the Pilanesberg. Leave at 6ish in the morning. About 2 hours from Johannesburg. We can arrange a day trip if you wish but let me know in advance. (Rates vary from R800 pp depending on number of people in the party.) 014 555 5351. Pilanesberg is right next to Sun City and there is a charge to get into to Sun City so the rates vary if you want to do a tour with Sun City as well as the Pilanesberg. If you want to spend a night make it the last night of your stay on Johannesburg. 014 555 5351 For more details see
  • Rhino and Lion Park in the Cradle of Humankind offers the opportunity to see quite a wide range of African animals and you can also visit the Wonder Cave R100 adults; R70 children entrance and R60 and R40 for Wonder Cave. Guided tours.
  • The Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre at De Wildt was established in 1971, initially as a cheetah breeding project but wild dog and other animals are now also bred. Guided tours give insight into breeding programmes and wildlife conservation.
    Cheetah run and 3 hour tour: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings; R310.00 per person, From May R345 pp. irrespective of age no children under 6; Cheetah run starts at 08h00. 3 hour guided tour only: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 13h30; Wednesdays at 08h30 and 13h30; R220 per person (from May R245 pp) (012) 504 9906/7/8; Cell: 083 892 0515
  • Elephant Sanctuary Tours morning and afternoon: 9.45 for 10 am and 13.45 for 14.00 R195 per child (3-14 years) and R495 per adult ;(from June R215 and R525); Pre-booked lunch: (3 course buffet) R65 per child (3 -14 years) and R135 per adult.
  • Heia Safari Ranch: 011 659 0605 Quite well-stocked including rhino and buffalo. Not as far as the Pilanesberg but not as 'authentic' a game reserve experience either.

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