Note from Joburg.co.za
Please take care when attending any park in and around the city, there is always the risk of crime so we therefore advise that you go in a group. Some of these parks will do guided tours, contact them if you are interested.
Walkhaven gets the number one spot for dog friendly parks because they really cater strongly to our four legged friends.
With a dedicated pet friendly restaurant (The Walkhaven Kitchen), bar (The Dog Box) as well as a top notch kennel (Jurassic Bark Kennel), Walkhaven just can’t be beaten for a dog loving family’s day out of the house.
The farm itself boasts 22 hectares of grassland and is a stone's throw from the Cradle of Humankind. A must for dog lovers!
Address: Plot 77, Zwartkop, Johannesburg
Open Hours: Seven days a week 08h00 to 18h00
Click here for more information.
Verity Park on 6th Avenue is conveniently situated in the middle of Parkhurst - or 'Barkhurst' as it's known for how many residents there own dogs.
It's a great little green square where you can enjoy some fresh air, walk the dogs, or get in exercise after a long day at the office.
Other than being a lovely outdoor area to take the dogs, get active and socialise with family and friends, it also offers playground equipment to keep the kids entertained and some benches if you just want to relax and take in all the sights and sounds.
Address: 6th Avenue, Sandton
Open Hours: Open all day seven days a week
Contact: 011 442 9559
Tucked away on the cusp of Blairgowrie and Victory Park, about 10km north-west of the city centre, lies Delta Park, a peaceful and spacious area of some 104 hectares - one of the city’s biggest ‘green lungs’ and dog friendly parks.
Its long walking paths spread like veins across the plain's surface, trodden by weekend runners and horse riders. Delta Park is pet-friendly and dogs don't need to be kept on a leash - although, as always, it is best practice to be mindful of others before you let your dog run free.
Your fur friend is sure to enjoy the massive swathes of open grass where they can run and play, as well as the shady paths and walkways. Delta Park has many ponds, streams and dams, so be prepared for a wet puppy if your dog loves water.
Address: 77 Craighall Road, Victory Park
Open Hours: Open all day seven days a week
Contact: 011 888 4831
Situated just behind Northgate Shopping Centre in the northern suburb of Northwold is Golden Harvest - a beautiful space built back in the 70s where dogs can roam relatively unhindered.
The park is large – some 55 hectares - and features some more or less untouched indigenous bushveld and plenty of dams.
Visitors go there to walk, fish, mountain bike and stroll around the main dam. There are also several play area with kids equipment.
The park is great if you have large or very energetic doggos that need some serious exercise to get rid of their excess energy.
Address: 1 1st Rd, Randburg
Open hours: 6:00am to 6:00pm seven days a week
Contact: 011 712 6600
Set in the heartland of Joburg, Emmarentia Park has two major attractions for visitors. The Johannesburg Botanic Gardens, and Emmarentia Dam. The wide spaces to the north west of the dam is the most popular area for dogs, and has been called "the best dog walk in Johannesburg".
Here, you're sure to encounter puppers wading into the water, catching balls and running free. You can relax on a bench or under a tree on the grass while your dog sheds some excess energy.
Address: Thomas Bowler Street, Roosevelt Park
Open Hours: Open seven days a week, from 8am to 6pm
Contact: 011 782 1193
Marais Steyn Park
This park isn’t spectacular by a long shot but has a nice stretch of land for your dogs to exercise and caters to those of you living east of the city. There is a lot of bird life around a small wetland for those of you into a little bird watching. There is also a skating bowl, which happens to be one of Joburg’s best kept skateboarding secrets which the kids will enjoy.
Address: Corner Cork Avenue and Beech Avenue, Edenvale
Open hours: Open all day seven days a week
Arguably Joburg’s most beautiful park, The Wilds has been declared a National Monument and strangely sits in the dead centre of urban Johannesburg. This jaw dropping park is open for walking tours during the summer months and you can bring your dog provided it’s on a leash.
Address: Parking is available on the corner of Houghton Drive and St. Patricks, Houghton
Open Hours The park is open during business hours weekdays and weekends but the best way to visit the park is by organising a tour
Contact: 011 643 2313
Sandton Field and Study Centre
A huge fenced-off piece of land with the added bonus of security where dogs can run wild to their hearts content. Horses inhabit the land across from the park which always has the dogs inquisitive and enjoying themselves. This park is situated close to the Sandton CBD which makes it a nice one for the northern suburbs crowd. There is a café on the property called River Café – great atmosphere and lovely meals.
Address: Off Rivonia Road, Sandton
Open Hours: Call for more info
Contact: 011 783 2442
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, Pretoria
This one is for our readers from Pretoria, but is also possibly one of the best places for a dog walk in Gauteng. The land is tidy and absolutely massive with bridges to cross streams and lots of walking tours to choose from. Dogs are required to be on a lead but with the size of the area you may get away with letting them off for a quick run.
Address: General Louis Botha Road, Faerie Glen, Pretoria
Open Hours: 06h00 to 18h00 all week
Contact: 012 348 1265/6
A few more ideas for dog friendly parks:
Gillooly's Farm - Gillooly's Farm is a big winner when it comes to walking your dogs (thanks to Larry in the comment section for reminding me). Read the comment below for his personal experience regarding this. 011 453 2207.
George Lea Park - In Hurlingham, they allow for dog walks.
Hugh Wyndham Park - In Dunkeld, they allow for dogs and is a great spot for picnicking etc.
Cheltondale Park - Near Norwood Mall, this park is popular with people in the area for dog walking. There is also a children’s play area.
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