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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

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Address: 232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
Phone Number: 0123283265
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The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of...

The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of animals from all over the world.

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A great day out

This was a wonderful day with the family. A lot of walking and some interesting and unusual animals. We all had a great time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Ash C
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55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a wonderful day with the family. A lot of walking and some interesting and unusual animals. We all had a great time.

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Thank Ash C
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We really did enjoy the morning out at the zoo. The enclosures are well kept and clean and the animals all looked healthy. A few disappointments though. The viewing glass at the gorilla enclosure was so dirty I could not get a clear shot even though the animal was right next to us. The 2 back areas where the big... More 

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Thank AJ K
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Much better than the Johannesburg Zoo. Hire a golf Cart if you dont like walking (+- 2 hours). There's also a smaller aquarium included in the price

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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though some of the facilities has become a bit dilapidated, it is still a fun family orientated activity.

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Thank Hercules J
Pretoria, South Africa
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place for a family outing, just 3 things to take note of though: 1) Beware of the bees at the picnic site during summer, everytime I'm there, there's kids being stung 2) If you are not a fan of long hikes make sure you buy a return ticket for the cable cars as there is no option to buy... More 

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Thank Samantha D
Pretoria, South Africa
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 2 boys liked everything about the visit, from the elephants to the lions, the snakes, the monkeys, the birds etc.. It is however advisable to hire the golf carter as walking makes one very exhausted and possibilities exist that you might not see all animals if you opt to walk..The facility is very huge

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Thank Tinyiko M
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable day out at the Pretoria zoo, good variety of animals and all healthy, gardens are well kept and beautifully laid out, the old part of the zoo well preserved. Signage could be better, a bit unclear and the route not well directed. More people hiring golf carts than walking, most looked like they could do with a good walk.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On arrival at the zoo we weren't greeted with great respect. The fee was prepaid and we obviously had prebooked. The staff were so confused with what was going on that it took us more than 30 minutes to enter. We had to stand in the sun with about 18 small children. The bathrooms were extremely disgusting! We wanted to... More 

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Centurion, South Africa
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This was the second time which I visited Pretoria Zoo with family in the space of the year and it again id not disappoint. The zoo is large enough that to see everything at a leisurely pace, in one helping, is near-on impossible with young children. We visited the exhibits which we did not get a chance to see on... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Just made another trip to the Pretoria Zoo. The animals are still looked after well and it is as enjoyable an experience with the little ones as I remember it being over the years, but prices have increased quite a bit and the facilities seem behind on a coat of paint or two.

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