Johannesburg's Delta Park, 10km north-west of the city centre, was established in 1934 as a waste water treatment plant. Neglected for over a decade after the facility was relocated in 1963, local nature lover and philanthropist Norman Bloom secured the buildings and the surrounding land for future generations to enjoy.

Did you know?

The Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary is the oldest bird sanctuary in Johannesburg.

Delta Park occupies 104ha of nature conservancy land spread across the Johannesburg suburbs of Victory Park, Blairgowrie, and Craighall Park. It forms an extension of the larger Braamfontein Spruit, a 25km-long river course.

Featuring large areas of open lawn, woodland and five artificially created dams, Delta Park is popular with joggers, dog walkers and, at weekends, bird watchers and picnicking families. Walking clubs and mountain bikers especially enjoy the park's multitude of trails.

This Johannesburg park is fascinating thanks to its variety of topographical features that include granite outcrops and sloping grasslands as well as a range of both exotic and indigenous plants.

Delta Park is also home to the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary, a 10ha fenced-off area that attracts over 180 species of birds, including water fowl, eagles and owls. Although the public does not have access to the sanctuary, birders can use the two hides overlooking the dams.

This urban conservancy is also a haven for many species of rodents, insects, reptiles and small mammals, including mongoose, spotted genet and hedgehog.

Adjoining the park is the Delta Environmental Centre, one of the best-preserved examples of Art Deco architecture in Johannesburg.

Delta Park also boasts the Sasol Sensory Trail that caters specifically for wheelchair-bound and sight-impaired nature lovers. Braille descriptions of flora and recordings of bird song help otherly-abled people interpret their environment.

One of Johannesburg's largest green spaces, Delta Park is the ideal place to unwind and recharge your batteries away from Johannesburg's frenetic pace without leaving the city.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Delta Environmental Centre
Tel: +27 (0)11 888 4831
Fax: +27 (0)11 888 4106

Best time to visit

The park is open all year round. The Delta Environmental Centre is closed at night, and on public and religious holidays.

Around the area

Attractions around Delta Park include Emmarentia Dam, the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and the Braamfontein Spruit Trail.

What will it cost

Entrance to the park is free.

What to pack

If you’ll be walking alone, or for an extended period, take water and a mobile phone in case of injury or an emergency. Sunscreen and a hat are important in summer.