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Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Breathtaking and exciting outdoor recreation in Joburg:

Johannesburg Zoo: The zoo is unique, being the only zoo in Africa to house animals from the Amazon; and one of two zoos in South Africa to house a gorilla. The zoo also houses the Big Five and other animals from around the world.

Kloofendal Nature Reserve: Covering 150ha, the facility is one of the first nature reserves in Joburg and offers urbanities a retreat from city life. It is a cultural heritage and ecotourism facility in the suburb of Roodepoort with walking trails of various distances.

Johannesburg Botanical Garden: Unlike conventional botanical gardens in South Africa, which only has indigenous trees and plants, the Johannesburg Botanical Garden specialises in representing the flora of Joburg. Approximately 75% of the plants are exotic, reflecting the diversity of plants and trees in private gardens and open spaces in the city.

Klipriversberg Nature Reserve: Situated in the south of Joburg, comprising 700ha of koppies and open veld, the reserve is home to several plants, birds and wildlife, and is a rich archaeological site. It boasts the highest concentration of identified Iron Age sites on the Witwatersrand. The remains of the Batswana village are found in the reserve.

Delta Park: One of Joburg’s biggest green lungs and an ambler’s paradise, the facility offers 104ha of grassland and woodland to explore.

James & Ethel Gray Park: Nestled in the affluent suburb of Birdhaven, just south of glamorous Melrose Arch, the park was originally a bird sanctuary and is still home to an assortment of feathered residents. The park offers the first ever installed Acrobranch in South Africa.

Enjoy the various koppies and ridges in Joburg:

Northcliff Ridge – the second highest point in Joburg

Little Falls – view Joburg at 360 degrees

Observatory and Linksfield Ridges – the highest points in Joburg


Jan Smuts Ave, Parkview - Main public entrance on Upper Park Drive

Opening & Closing Times:

8.30am-5.30pm, last entry at 4pm.