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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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Description: The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection...
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 night at the Zoo, when everything really comes alive.

A friend of mine heard that you could take a night tour at the zoo and on further investigation we found out that small groups could actually camp at the zoo for a night. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Marelie B
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

It is really fun to take your family to Pretoria zoo lake. There is enough to teach your children about and you can braai.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A friend of mine heard that you could take a night tour at the zoo and on further investigation we found out that small groups could actually camp at the zoo for a night. We arrived at 17:00 and were led though to our camping spot, tents pitched and we were off on the night tour. The zoo is a... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting. Possibly the best zoo in africa. They do a lot for keeping an eye on species on the brink of extinsion. Very important to use the zoo parking area as there are all sorts of criminal elements hanging around outside the zoo. That is why one should park inside because it is safe. also try to visit the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Every visit is a great family fun day for old and young. The Pretoria Zoo offers the visitor a wide range of mammals, birds and reptiles to view in a large expanse of park close to the city centre. For those who want a leisurely walk around the numerous enclosures there is plenty to see as you stroll by. If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Very interesting zoo. with plenty of animals. Safe even in the early morning. We hired a mini golf car and spend 2 hours visiting the zoo. It was great with the mini car as we could go back, stop, go faster. the zoo is well designed for kids also. they will love it. The gardeners were there cleaning and the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

This zoo is supposedly one of the 5 best in the world so expectations were high. We were terribly saddened to see many animals completely alone in their enclosures with insufficient water and sparse vegetation. the big cats were in really small enclosures, and not in the large enclosures at the top of the Mountain where they used to be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Visited the place with my family of 7. The place has an outstounding collection of animals and reptiles. This is the place see wild life and have a great picnic. Be warned bring your own food and meat to braai and carry cash to pay for attractions. You need a full day get around the place. Dont count on walking... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I visited this zoo with my 2 children and was not to pleased that a few of the animals which where not a available in their cages to view . The zoo is just average n not worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This was a repeat visit, this time accompanied by my wife. On the basis of the last experience when I walked for nearly 5 hours, I opted for a 3 hour golf cart rental. It was ample time to do the designated loop, after which we walked to the Aquarium area. Hint: On weekends, these carts go fast so an... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a really nice place to visit with your family. We went spent about half a day, last Sunday, and I thought that this is a really great way to see a lot of animals. The best feature of this zoo, is that almost all of the animals, are in open enclosures, i.e., they are not in cages. The... More 

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