Pet Friendly Walks in Johannesburg

Johannesburg. South Africa’s favourite metropolis! For a large sprawling concrete jungle filled with double decker highways it is incredible how pet friendly and family friendly this city is! There is so much to do we could not list it all in one post, but please find below our favourite recommendations for getting out with man’s best friend and letting off some steam in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings!

Walkhaven
Dogs cooling off after a long walk at Walkhaven

Walkhaven is a dogpark situated in Muldersdrift, which was created specifically for you to get out into nature with your dog, without completely leaving the city. Situated on 22 hectares of land, there are two dams and wetlands for your dog(s) to romp around to it’s (their) heart’s content. There is a restaurant and bar which are both dog friendly, as well as braai facilities scattered throughout the park if you would like to bring your own refreshments.

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 07h00 until 18h30
Address: Plot 77, Zwartkop, Johannesburg
Tel: (071) 212-9955
email: info@walkhaven.co.za
Entrance Fee: Entrance to Walkhaven Dog Park is R30 per adult and R15 for kids and pensioners
(Annual membership is available)
Difficulty Level: Easy
Leash Req: No leash required

For more information about Walkhaven please feel free to join their Facebook group here or visit their website here.

Echo Park is suitable for puppies to adult dogs, situated in Fourways, Bryanston, The park offers dog training on weekends. Dog owners and their dogs can also take part in an early morning Sunday hike every week. The park also has a licensed restaurant with toilets, a children’s play area and an enclosed farmyard area.

Opening Times: Saturday – Sunday:  07h00 until late
Address: Riversands Farm, Fourways, Johannesburg
Tel: (072) 045-0033
GPS: -26.0254685
28.00396999999998
Entrance Fee: R20 for single dogs. Dogs in a group pay R10 each. Monthly Membership Passes are also available.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Leash Req: No leash required

For more information about Echo Park please feel free to visit their website here.

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam is another surprise gem. Please bring a bowl and some water and bags to pick up after your dog with and follow the signs for where dogs are and aren’t allowed, which are clearly marked.

Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 07h30 to 15h30
Saturday – Sunday: 07h00 until late
Address: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 782-7064
or Anni Bruyns on (011) 782 0517.
Entrance Fee: Free
Difficulty Level: Easy
Leash Req: Dogs must be on a leash

For more information about Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam please visit the Johannesburg Parks website here.

Zoo Lake is 15 minutes from the center of Johannesburg and is a wonderful, peaceful and scenic option for taking your dog for a walk.

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday
Address: Zoo Lake Park, 1 Prince of Wales Drive, Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2193
Tel: (011) 646-0058 / (087) 351-3945
Entrance Fee: Free
Difficulty Level: Easy
Leash Req: Dogs must be on a leash

For more information about Zoo Lake please feel free to visit their Facebook page here or the Johannesburg Parks website here.

Gillooly’s Farm (Bedfordview) is a big winner when it comes to walking your dogs. Gillooly’s is a beautiful 44ha venue for a scenic walk around the lake. Afterwards you can stop for a bite to eat or to quench your thirst at Mrs Sippi Blues, where they provide “free licky bowls and biscuits for good dogs”.

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday: 07h00 – 18h00
Address: 47 Boeing Road West, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 453-2207/8066
email: gillooly@mweb.co.za
Entrance Fee: Free
Difficulty Level: Easy
Leash Req: Dogs must be on a leash

For more information about Gillooly’s Farm please feel free to visit their Facebook page here or on their website here.

Huddle Park (Linksfield) is so much more than a golf course, it has an area where you can walk your pet for free. They have also constructed cycling and walking trails for a small fee. There is a restaurant there with an outside area, children’s activities and a fully licensed bar. Waiters will provide water for your thirsty pets. There are also loads of activities for you to participate in: Mini-Golf, Trout Fishing and many more activities.

Opening Times: Monday: 12h00 – 18h00
Tuesday to Sunday: 07h00 – 18h00
Address: 121 Club Street (closest corner Shelley Avenue), Linksfield, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 640-6693 / 4456
email: info@huddlepark.com
Entrance Fee: Free in some areas and a small fee in others
Difficulty Level: Easy
Leash Req: All dogs have to be on leash and controlled at all times. No-go areas must be strictly adhered to.

For more information about Huddle Park please feel free to visit their Facebook page here or on their website here.

The Wilds is an incredibly beautiful park which has been declared a national monument (rightfully so) right in the center of Johannesburg. Your pet is welcome and will love the park as much as you do!

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday
Address: Parking is available on the corner of Houghton Drive and St. Patricks, Houghton
Tel: (011) 712-6600
Entrance Fee: Free
Difficulty Level: Some uphill
Leash Req: Dogs must be on a leash

For more information about The Wilds please feel free to visit their Facebook page here or on the Johannesburg Parks website here.

Some further suggestions:

Cheltondale Park (Near Norwood Mall) – this is a very popular park with people in the area for dog walking. There is also a children’s play area, which is an added bonus. (more info here)
Delta Park (Randburg) – Delta Park is one of the biggest parks in Johannesburg. It is situated adjacent to Blairgowrie, Craighall and Victory Park. With 108 hectares of grassland, woodland and three tree-lined dams there is loads of space to walk your dog. (map here)
George Lea Park (Hurlingham/Parkmore) is pet friendly. (map here)
Hugh Wyndham Park (17 Hume Rd, Dunkeld) is a lovely green park where they allow for dogs and is a great spot for picnicking under a tree etc. (map here)
Linksfield Ridge (Next to Bedfordview) at the bottom of Linksfield Koppie there is a green area in Morninghill that is popular with dog walkers for a steep koppie bush walk without leaving town.
Lonehill Dam (Lonehill) – A popular place for dog walkers and has a security guard making it one of the safer park areas.

We have also blogged a list of our recommended Pet Friendly Restaurants in Johannesburg. You can find that post here.

For Pet friendly accommodation in Gauteng please visit our page: Pet Friendly Accommodation Gauteng

Or for Pet Friendly Accommodation elsewhere in South Africa please see here.