Take a break from the hustle and the bustle of Johannesburg and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside on your doorstep. Gillooly’s Farm is just what you need after a hectic week in the concrete jungle.
The owner, James Gillooly, sold the farm to the city council in 1944 and it was named after him. Situated in the east of Johannesburg in Bedfordview, it is a 44ha piece of land that is famous for its walking trails, birds, recreational areas and wonderful restaurant.
With more than 50 bird species at the farm like White-breasted Cormorant, Reed Cormorant, African Darter, Grey Heron, Cattle Egret, White Stork, Egyptian Goose, Yellow-billed Duck, House Sparrow and Cape Wagtail, Gillooly’s is a must-see for bird lovers and aspiring bird watchers.
Apart from the birds, the farm also has a large man-made lake, which is home to a number of fish species like the Common Carp, Blue Kurper and Sharptooth Catfish (Barbel).
On a sunny South African day, families can enjoy a braai at the farm, which can be arranged by the staff. For those who are into cheese, crackers and champagne, there are a number of picnic spots around the dam where families can relax and watch the birds, while the kids play.
With something for every member of the family, why don’t you take a day off from city life and go for walks on the farm and reconnect with nature, while bonding with your loved ones.
Every day except Sunday and entrance is free.