Zoo Lake, Johannesburg

Strolls, ambles, boats and picnics etc

Ever been in town on a Sunday afternoon and wondered what to do? There are many parks in Johannesburg and a stroll at Zoo Lake is certainly worth considering. Amble around the lake, a rowing boat on the lake and a lazy snack or meal at Moyo Restaurant will fill that empty afternoon for you, especially if it happens to be the first weekend of the month when the 'Artists under the Sun' art market holds its monthly exhibition. Situated, as it is, along Jan Smuts avenue, the park is only 15 min from the city centre.


This is probably the most popular of the city parks and a stroll around the park can take 1-2 hours depending on the route taken and the briskness of the walk.

The artist market
Popular venue for a pinic

Feeding the ducks is always popular with the kids.


The children will also enjoy an excursion on one of the rowing boats that are for hire.


Moyo Restaurant is a popular venue for a snack or meal.


The Zoo Lake Bowls Club is also popular with the sports enthusiasts. They have recently introduced a Croquet green to their amenities offered.

The Zoo Lake Bowls Club
Croquet lawn


The following are the details about the use of the boats  for the public

Phone number : James Ngwenya 011 646 5803

Closed on Mondays but open on Public Holidays

Summer time:
1st September to 30th April

9h30 to 17:00

Winter time

1st May to 31st August

9h30 to 16h30

Ticket prices

Adults :R7:50 per person
Children : R5.00
Minimum charge R10 per boat
Limit of 6 allowed on a boat


Contact person Monique Howse 072 250 3655
Beginners meet on a Saturdays from 14h :00 to 16h:00


Contact person: Flip van Heerden 082 446 7097

Landline :011 646 8495

Hours: 10h00 18h00 daily including Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

Winter closing end of March and re-opens 1st April



Zoo Lake is perhaps one of the safer parks in the city. It should however be remembered that it is a public open space and as such basic precautions should be adhered to. Try to walk in a party of four or five people. Leave all your valuables at home. Always be conscious of what is going on around you. Johannesburg City Parks and the Zoo Lake Users Committee try to make your visit to the park a safe and pleasant occasion but in common with parks and public open spaces throughout the world, there is always risks. The onus is on the individual to ensure his or her own safety.


Zoo Lake is certainly worth a visit. I walked the area when taking these photos and was amazed at how beautiful the park is. Try it and see for yourself!


Johannesburg City Parks

Under whose jurisdiction the park falls

Event management

+27 (0) 11 712 6664

Dee Daniel (phone office hours) + 27(0) 11 712 6604 Fax +27 (0) 11 712 6764


Zoo Lake Users Committee

Rainbow information and Chubb security centre

Telephone 011 646 1976 (Nomsa Ndlovu)

For fax ask to be put through

e-mail zoolakeinfo@jhbcityparks.com


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