Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and holiday rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Emmarentia Dam

Visit a popular scenic spot in the city for leisurely walks, picnics, live music events, watersports and wildlife.

Go walking, sailing and wildlife spotting or simply relax at Emmarentia Dam. The picturesque parkland borders Johannesburg Botanical Garden and encompasses lawns, woodlands and a large body of water.

Stroll, jog or cycle along the paved trails and venture into the woods for some bird spotting. Grab your camera and binoculars and see if you can spot weavers, moorhens and other colorful species. The botanical garden is home to many bird species and you may see some of them in the dam area. 

Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to go kayaking, windsurfing and sailing across the dam. Rent equipment from the clubs located on its eastern side. Sailing and canoeing classes are also available. Cast a line and fish for carp and bass, among other species. A fishing permit is required and is obtainable from any post office. 

Bring some bats and balls with you to play outdoor sports on the grassy areas. Then roll out your picnic basket for an alfresco feast.

Emmarentia Dam is also a venue for cultural activities and concerts by local and international musicians. Among the previous top acts to have performed here is popular British reggae band UB40. Other events include the Holi One Color Festival, a one-day celebration of togetherness with lots of music and partying. Visit the festival’s official website for full details.

Take advantage of the dam’s location to visit the adjoining Johannesburg Botanical Garden. Walk among the trees, the rose garden and many other floral displays and rest by ornamental ponds and the fountain. 

Located in the northern suburb of Greenside, Emmarentia Dam is a 15-minute drive from downtown Johannesburg and is well served by public transport. Drivers can make use of the free onsite parking facilities. The dam and botanical gardens are open daily, from sunrise to sunset and admission is free. 


Guide to Exploring Emmarentia Dam


Top Hotel Deals

See all 1,052 Properties near Emmarentia Dam
Umgwezi Lodge And Backpackers £33
Umgwezi Lodge And Backpackers

Umgwezi Lodge And Backpackers

14 Umgwezi Rd, Randburg, Gauteng
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Emmarentia Dam and Johannesburg Botanical Garden. 4th Avenue Parkhurst and Parkview Golf Club are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Bridgehouse
    Bridgehouse

    Bridgehouse

    7 3rd Street Cnr Link Road, Randburg, Gauteng
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of 4th Avenue Parkhurst and Emmarentia Dam. Parkview Golf Club and Johannesburg Botanical Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Cherry Tree Cottage Linden Bed and Breakfast
      Cherry Tree Cottage Linden Bed and Breakfast

      Cherry Tree Cottage Linden Bed and Breakfast

      57 Ninth St, Linden, Randburg, Gauteng
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Linden, this golf bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanical Garden and Delta Park. Cresta Shopping Centre and Parkview Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Little Forest Guest House £62
        Little Forest Guest House

        Little Forest Guest House

        41, Fifth Street, Parkhurst, Randburg, Gauteng
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of 4th Avenue Parkhurst and Emmarentia Dam. Parkview Golf Club and Johannesburg Botanical Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Explorer Backpackers
          Explorer Backpackers

          Explorer Backpackers

          27 7th St, Randburg, Gauteng
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of 4th Avenue Parkhurst and Emmarentia Dam. Parkview Golf Club and Johannesburg Botanical Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Greenway 8
            Greenway 8

            Greenway 8

            8 Greenway, Randburg, Gauteng
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Parkview Golf Club and 3 mi (4.8 km) from University of Witwatersrand. 4th Avenue Parkhurst and Emmarentia Dam are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Moonflower Cottages £47
              Moonflower Cottages

              Moonflower Cottages

              12 Yaron Ave, Victory Park, Randburg, Gauteng
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this golf cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of 4th Avenue Parkhurst and Delta Park. Emmarentia Dam and Johannesburg Botanical Garden are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                5th Avenue Gooseberry Guest House
                5th Avenue Gooseberry Guest House

                5th Avenue Gooseberry Guest House

                44 5th Avenue, Randburg, Gauteng
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Linden, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Johannesburg Botanical Garden and Emmarentia Dam. Cresta Shopping Centre and 4th Avenue Parkhurst are also within 3 miles (5 km).