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It’s here. It’s time. It’s purple! Fall in love with the lilac goddesses

Nov 11, 2019, Author: Candice May

When mid-October rolls around, the jacaranda trees stretch their dreamy purple limbs out across Joburg until the end of November, bringing floral joy and feeding the Instagram masses. Now we’re in the thick of jacaranda season, so we’ve rounded up our top spots to go tree hunting and take in the jacarandas’ fabulous mauve aura bloom. 



If the bold hue of Jozi’s favourite trees has you inspired to seek out a copycat purple outfit, check out more jacarandas on Bath and Tyrwhitt Avenues in Rosebank and across Oxford Road into Melrose between browsing. Don’t miss the intersection with Jellicoe Avenue, which offers an explosion of colour as the tree-lined streets merge. Looking for views? We recommend Marble, Mix Cocktail Bar and Momo Kuro, all situated inside Trumpet on Keyes. 

Greenside and Emmarentia 

Keen for a purple picnic? Emmarentia Park is the place to do it with mauve-clad views of the dam. Park in the car park off Orange Road and head into the park, making a stop at the play area right by the Olifants Road entrance first if you’re with the kids. Just watch out for falling flowers – those bright buds are prone to shedding and come with a sticky residue for maximum mess! Afterwards, take a stroll up Troon Road and cross Barry Hertzog Avenue into Clovelly Road in Greenside. 

Parkview and Westcliff 

For a jacaranda-themed mini road trip, you’ll find an impressive corridor from Waterford Avenue and Galway Road in Parkview to the bottom of the Westcliff Stairs on Crescent Drive. Westcliff is pretty proud of their purple patch and there are many ways to take in the views – climb 210 steps to get to the top of the Westcliff Stairs, go on a wonderful guided walk with The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation or book for brunch at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff. 

Upper Houghton 

This one’s a no-brainer – the views of the jacarandas from Munro Drive will blow your mind. On a good day, you’ll even be able to see Magaliesburg mountain ridge. Sure, it can be a bit of a trek, but it’s worth it for a jacaranda family reunion. Drive up to the Munro Drive viewpoint about halfway up the very steep hill or, if you’re looking to surprise your better half with a romantic staycation, check into The Munro Boutique Hotel where some of the most spectacular views can be enjoyed. 


Did you know? 

According to Joburg City Parks, WIlliam Nelson from Nelsonia Nurseries in Turffontein grew 30 million trees, shrubs and plants in Joburg by the 19th century, of which many were jacaranda trees. 

Jacaranda spotting streets 

Dunkeld: Kent and Hume Roads 

Parkwood: Wantage and Ruthland Roads 

Saxonwold: Bristol and Griswold Roads 

Killarney: Top of Riviera Road (towards the Ditsong Museum of Military History) 

Melville: 4th Avenue 

Linksfield: Linksfield Drive 

Kensington: Highland Road and Juno Street 


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