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Sixty percent of ‘Quality of Life’ survey respondents indicated that they spent time at lakes, dams, zoos, nature and trails.

'On weekends I love relaxing with my daughter at Dorothy Nyembe Park in the middle of Soweto.' Dipuo, NGO worker

'Forest city, high sky, claps of thunder, moving, moving, moving, being sharp, skidding between the traffic, breathing the electric edge, smoking the dust, dancing the smiles.'

'Joburg has wonderful people, animals and Parktown prawns. Plus, of course, it's reputed to be the biggest human-made forest that isn't on a natural body of water in any city in the world...'

'I like to take my family to the Vaal River for a braai on Sundays. It is the best way to spend a Sunday.' Rassie, car guard

'Well it’s got to be the people…and then there’s the weather! And the closeness to getaways like the bush, the berg and Mozambique.'

' I love animals, especially wild animals and when I go to Pilanesberg I get a real thrill just being at the gate and thinking, ‘I wonder what we will see today’. It’s the unbelievability of seeing the real thing.  For me it’s the comparison between Africa on TV and Africa in the flesh.  We are so lucky'

'It smells nice before and after rain. It’s got thunder and lightning; crisp blue skies and beautiful sunsets in wintertime. And Pretoria in October when the Jacarandas are in bloom. Also the fabulous trees and the bird life...'

'Nature reserves and walking trails are one of Gauteng’s best kept secrets.'

'What I love about this region is that I can easily escape the city and get into nature.'
Botswang, project manager

lakes/dams include:

  • Emmarentia Park
  • Germiston Lake
  • Hartebeesport Dam
  • Wemmerpan
  • Vaal Dam
  • Zoo Lake

zoos and animal parks include:

  • Johannesburg Zoo
  • Lion Park
  • Montecasino Bird Gardens
  • Pretoria Zoo
  • Pilansberg nature reserve

nature reserves/trails include:

  • Aloe Ridge Nature Game Reserve
  • Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary
  • Dinokeng
  • Groenkloof Nature Reserve
  • Krugersdorp Game Reserve
  • Magaliesburg
  • Melville Koppies
  • Pilanesburg Nature Reserve
  • Pretoria Botanic Gardens
  • Rietvlei Nature Reserve
  • Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
  • Wonderboom Nature Reserve
  • Zita Park in Pretoria East