The Boathouse Club

Escape the city and relax in nature


  • Spend a day boating on the water
  • Picnic to the sound of the relaxing “musical fountain”
  • Enjoy an African themed lunch at Moyo restaurant


Enjoy a day of fun on the water at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg. Practice your rowing skills and take the whole family out, where you can enjoy the lush scenery and the spray of the fountain. It’s fun for the whole family, or for those looking for a quiet escape during their sightseeing adventures.


The land on which Zoo Lake resides formed part of the Braamfontein farm. It was donated by Beit and Co in 1904, with a stipulation that the land be divided into a public park and zoological garden. The artificial Zoo Lake was added to the park in 1908 – the same year the park was opened to the public – which has since become a popular spot for picnicking, dog walking and enjoying leisurely boat rides. Zoo Lake is also the venue for a number of popular festivals, exhibitions and events.

Contact Details

Day Open Close
Monday 09:00 22:00
Tuesday 09:00 22:00
Wednesday 09:00 22:00
Thursday 09:00 22:00
Friday 09:00 22:00
Saturday 09:00 22:00
Sunday 09:00 22:00

Phone: +27 (0)10 444 9600

Directions to The Boathouse Club

Advice for visitors

Gentle rowing on the river and a picnic with the sound of the fountain trickling in the background…can it get more relaxing? One can easily spend at least an hour out on the water, but it is recommended to book two hours per person to avoid rushing. For an easier more leisurely paddle, aim to row against the tide, otherwise it can be quite a struggle to get back! If you go in summer, it is also advised to bring along your sunnies for the glare and an umbrella as the boats don’t have canopies. Pack a picnic blanket, pillows and a picnic basket with some cheese, crackers and wine to make it really special. It’s even lovely to bring a book or tablet to relax and read in the sun.

Did you know

When you rent from the Boathouse Club your money goes towards the upliftment of some of the area’s most vulnerable communities.

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