Zoo Lake

Zoo Lake, situated almost across the road from the Johannesburg Zoo, is a favourite with Joburg residents and offers some of the best daytime picnic spots as well as an assortment of activities for the whole family.

The history of the Park dates as far back as 1904, when the founders of Johannesburg made a gift of the Zoo and Zoo Lake to the city under one condition, that the Park remains open to the public and to people of all races. At the time black and white South Africans were living separately, despite being before the apartheid period. Since its opening, the Park has been used as a place to house wild animals, hunting, riding and picnics and today still enjoys serving the public as a favourite recreational venue.

The Park lies around the large manmade lake which has a central fountain, added in 1937, known as the Coronation Fountain because it was built to commemorate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Visitors can take a little row boat out on the lake or a one to two hour stroll around the lake, depending on which route you follow. Dogs are allowed so bring along your best friend to enjoy the walk with you.

Rolling lawns provide ample space for a family picnic or braai and the children are welcome to feed the ducks, which there are plenty of! If you prefer, you can grab a bite at the Sports Club which offers sumptuous affordable pub grub or for a special African-themed experience you can head over to Moyo for a traditionally African fare with a view of the lake.

Things to do and see

  • Lake with Central Fountain
  • Rowing Boats
  • Cycling & Footpaths
  • Feed the Ducks
  • Outdoor Gym & Kiddies Play area
  • Sports Club & Bowling Green
  • Tennis & Basketball Courts
  • Public Swimming Pool Area
  • Picnics
  • Moyo Restaurant
  • Artists under the Sun Market – March
  • Jazz on the Lake – September
  • Candles by Candlelight - December


There is no Admission Fee currently. There is a nominal charge for boat rentals and access to certain sports grounds such as the swimming pool area.

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