Delta Park

Delta Park is situated in the north-western suburbs of Johannesburg. Considering its position and size (104 hectares and only 10km north of the CBD), Delta possesses a variety of topographical features which make it rather unique. Granitic outcrops, small drainage channels, sloping grasslands, Braamfontein Spruit frontage and a range of cultivated plants (both exotic and indigenous) as well as natural bushy clumps.

Spotted GenetSpotted Genet in Delta Park
Photo: Geoff Lockwood

These all interact to provide an area in a built up suburban environment where nature can continue its seasonal and biological processes, relatively unhampered. The park provides a haven for many species of plants, trees, birds, rodents, insects (it is not uncommon to encounter a mongoose, genet or family of owls) and water creatures as well as an opportunity for people to explore and interact in this natural environment. Delta Park ensures that the city has a “green lung” whereby atmospheric impurities are filtered out by the vegetation. It also serves as a barrier to densification of the suburbs thus reducing road traffic and other related problems.

Numerous scholars from disadvantaged communities can come to Delta and experience the openness and tranquillity of such a place, sometimes for the first time in their lives. This could have a significant effect on their attitude to environmental issues in the future.

Sparrow HawkOvambo Sparrow Hawk
Photo: Geoff Lockwood

Consisting of large areas of open lawn, some stands of trees, five artificially created dams, the park serves as a wonderful outdoor recreational resource. It is used by a host of people with diverse needs: joggers and dog walkers; some for taking a peaceful stroll or enjoying a picnic; others in search of serenity or birders seeking a challenging sighting.

A 10ha fenced-off area known as the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary in Delta Park hosts a large variety of birds. Although the public does not have access to the sanctuary there are two bird hides overlooking the dams that keen bird-watchers may use.

The park is well-known for its spotted eagle owls which usually nest annually on the roof of the Environmental Centre and in spring, people enjoy watching the parents and chicks as they emerge in the evenings.