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Parkview is part of the greater Rosebank area and just down the road from the commercial centre of Rosebank and its shopping mall. Zoo Lake borders on Parkview and is a favourite ambling site of Johannesburgers. It takes about an hour to stroll around the lake, which, on the first weekend of every month, you can combine with ‘Artists under the Sun’ - an art market and tea at the popular restaurant at Zoo Lake.
The timeless old suburb of Parkview is one of the few remaining areas in Johannesburg where South Africans can still stroll, cycle and jog along its tree-lined avenues. Parkview borders on Saxonwold and Forest Town, both of which were developed as forest plantations. Add to this the fact that over a million blue and red gum, oak, pine and wattle trees were planted around Zoo Lake and the Zoo, and you can understand why Parkview is such a breathtakingly pretty suburb. The beautiful old plane trees that line Dundalk Avenue are part of this original plantation.
Many of the old homes in Parkview have been overhauled and renovated, creating more contemporary living space whilst managing to keep the existing character of the pretty old homes here. And the charming little Parkview village complete with delightful shops, delis, restaurants and a village library on the suburb’s highstreet, where one constantly jostles for a parking space, only add to the character of a suburb that is over 100 years old.
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The Apartheid Museum is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Beginning in 1948, the white elected National Party government initiated a process which turned over 20 million people into 2nd class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse. Their liberation in ... more information
62 Tyrone Ave, Parkview, Johannesburg. Art Africa holds a collection of ethnic arts, crafts and artefacts from around Africa. The shop is split into a front section that carries contemporary and recycled items from self-help groups in Gauteng. The back section has a selection of wooden games, statues and sculptures ...
Reputed to be the best dog walk in Johannesburg, Emmarentia Dam lies next to the Botanic Garden in Emmarentia, north Johannesburg. Tranquil lawns in which families can meet and play, walkways peppered with wooden benches placed strategically to afford moments of stillness and reflection ... more information
Set on the western shores of the picturesque Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanic Garden is one of the city’s parks - a green space in the middle of Jo'burgs northern suburbs about 6 kilometres from the city centre - with over 30 000 trees, a large rose garden, the site of over 4 500 varieties, and a ... more information
Situated on Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkview, the Johannesburg Zoo is one of the city’s most popular haunts. The huge 54 hectare green lung is the place where the two tributaries of the Braamfontein Spruit meet, set in almost park-like surrounds in the heart of the northern suburbs. Johannesburg’s zoo is home to 2070 ... more information
The par 72, 18-hole Parkview Golf course features bent grass greens and kikuyu fairways and is beautifully laid out in a quiet, well-established suburb. Parkview is one of the easier courses in Gauteng, with some shortish par-fours providing birdie opportunities. Great care is taken to maintain it in... more information
Set on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street, virtually across from the Johannesburg Zoo, Zoo Lake is usually a hive of activity - dog walkers, joggers, skateboarders and kids. Zoo Lake is a large park situated around a manmade lake that makes for perfect weekend ambles ... more information
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