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Zoo Lake Swimming Bath

Zoo Lake Swimming Bath
Photo by Johannesburg In Your Pocket

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. 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 life guards 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.

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Open

Open 10:00–17:45. Joburg's 56 outdoor public swimming pools are usually open from September to April.

Price/Additional Info

Adults R9, Children R6.

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06.04.2018
Johannesburg In Your Pocket
Johannesburg
Hi Fallon, the Zoo Lake pool will be open until the of April
06.04.2018
Fallon
Rosebank
Hi There I need to do cold water swimming so would like to find out if there is a way I can access the pool through winter to train? Thank you
Over a year ago
Thando
Alberton
Hi. Can we Braai by the pool?
Over a year ago
Shaakirah
Johannesburg
Hi Does anyone know what the telephone number is for the zoo lake pools? Thank you.
Over a year ago
Johannesburg In Your Pocket
Johannesburg
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.
Over a year ago
Paul
Johannesburg
Are we able to bring our own food and alcohol?
Over a year ago
Villen Badassy
Gauteng
Hi, Need to know if we can host a Christmas party for children from an orphange, we did make use of it last year as well. I cannot get through to the offices, so please can someone contact me urgently.
Over a year ago
Johannesburg In Your Pocket
Johannesburg
Hello Themba, Please contact the swimming pool directly about use of the pool
Over a year ago
Themba MMotaung
Dunkeld west
I would like to request to use the pool for baptism on Saturday morning 11am.the ceremony will not be more than an hour
Over a year ago
Gugu Ndlovu
Johannesburg, Gauteng
hi the place sounds nice i have a 2 year old do you have pool for kids that age?
Over a year ago
Johannesburg In Your Pocket
Johannesburg
Hi Pauline, The Zoo Lake pool is unheated so it really depends on how much sun it has been getting. The past week has been very hot and sunny in Johannesburg so there is every chance that the pool is refreshing yet warm by comparison!
Over a year ago
Pauline
Senderwood
What is the temperature of the pool at the moment?
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