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The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens & Emmarentia Dam is located 7 kilometers from The Devonshire hotel. The gardens are an enchanting picnic spot with great scenery to relax in or explore the grounds during a leisurely walk.
The gardens feature around 4500 rose bushes and in the region of 30000 tree species. The Botanical Gardens have become popular with wedding parties for photographs. Within the Botanical Gardens one can find The Chapel Garden, The Shakespeare Garden, The Rose Garden, The Herb Garden, The Hedge Garden, The Arboretum and The Succulent Garden.
The Emmarentia Dam is situated on the eastern side of the Botanical Gardens. This Dam is used for canoeing, sailing, wind surfing, fishing and kayaking. The grounds of Emmarentia Dam are alleged to be the best dog walk in Johannesburg.
Visit http://www.jhbcityparks.com for more information
The Johannesburg Zoo was established in 1904 and is located off Jan Smuts Avenue, an 8 minute drive from The Devonshire hotel. The Zoo is home to the rare White Lions, Siberian Tigers, White Rhinos, African Hippos, Nile Crocodile and an array of other animals.
When visiting the Zoo one can have a light meal at the restaurant, picnic on the lush lawns, children can play in the entertainment area, participate in an educational talk or explore the zoo on foot.
Visit http://www.jhbzoo.org.za for more information
The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens has become popularly known as the home to a breeding pair of Verreaux's Eagles. In addition there are 220 varieties of birds and 600 plant species.
Visitors to the Gardens can picnic on the well manicured lawns, go bird watching or hike through the various gardens. There are scheduled events that take place, such as carols by candle lights, afternoon concerts and astrological evenings.
The Witpoorthie (White Gate) Waterfall is a focal point at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. Enthusiastic visitors can hike to the top of the Falls and enjoy the spectacular view on offer.
Visit http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/walter-sisulu for more information