A real gem if ever there was one, the historic Zoo Lake Swimming Bath is a local favourite. Built in the 1930s the pool retains its original features and is well maintained.
Probably the most unique thing about this pool is its shape; 30 metres by 30 metres square. When it gets busy, there are no demarcated lanes per se so pick a direction and do your laps, or for fun you can always opt for a full circuit – just watch out for the teenagers practising their dive bombs near the shallow end.
In the height of summer the pool gets busy with kids, although most confine themselves to the shallow end or splash around in the neighbouring kiddies pool area. There are always two lifeguards on duty and like most public pools, the Zoo Lake Swimming Bath is unheated, so a dip is particularly bracing in spring and autumn.
Arrive early to mark out your picnic spot on the grassy area overlooking the pool or if the sun is blazing you'll find shade on the bleachers. There are no lockers in the changing rooms so take your belongings with you to leave by the side of the pool.
Note that there is no alcohol allowed on the premises, although you can bring your own snacks and soft drinks for a picnic. On weekends there's also usually an ice-cream vendor doing the rounds.
For large group bookings and information about special requirements contact the swimming pool on +27 11 646 8495 or pay them a visit and discuss any special needs directly with the site office.