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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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Ranked #12 of 48 Attractions in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of animals from all over the world.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

i like this zoo because it has more animals than other zoos i went to, plus there is space for families to have picnic and with the expanssion there is more to see here, i suggest the aquarium and snakes section hahaha

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

The kiosks are mostly closed. The gorilas and the tiger were great! But the rinos were without their horns... sad.

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Pretoria
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Varied vistas, well-kept and roomy enclosures for animals (at one state, regarded as one of the 10 best zoos in the world), refreshment kiosks, cableway to top. Occasional incidents involving mugging, but outside the zoo.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

It is a nice Zoo with a lots of animals, but the facilities were poorly maintained. Another problem: Inside the zoo it's very hard (or impossible) to find a place where you can buy a bottle of water, an ice cream for the children or a snack, so the infrastructure is very poor related to food. I'm happy that I... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Even though my kids are now teenagers and more, I still love to go to the zoo. You are just so back to nature in the center of the city. You do not go to the zoo for the restaurants. The food is good, and always enjoyable. There is also a selection of choice.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We really felt sad visiting this potentially very good zoo. They have lots of wonderful animals and the zoo is quite vast so animals have lots of room for themselves. However, the poor management of this entire zoo lets it self down. It is just so run down and DIRTY. Can't anybody clean or get things PROPERLY organised for visitors... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Having gone to this Zoo 9 years ago and to what I saw today was so sad. Things have really gone down!!!! Several cages empty, no giraffe, no chimpanzees. Some animals looked terribly neglected. It's free for all to come and picnic and Braai thus loads of litter all over. Too many areas restricted as they either busy building or... More

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I have been to several zoos (from London to Seattle) and grew up around the Pretoria zoo. I can admittedly say that the Pretoria Zoo (SA National Zoo) is the best kept, with the widest variety of animals, enclosures, programmes and visibility of the before-mentioned. You can make a full day outing of a zoo visit and the zoo truly... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Africa is blessed with some of the world most amazing animals and crawling creatures. A stone throw away from most major hotels, just ask your concierge to organize a round trip for you and the family. You won' regret it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
50 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This place is a dive. Empty exhibits. Rundown. Tired looking. Paths barricaded off for construction or they were too dangerous to walk on. The day we went there was about 500,000 school children running amok. Joburg Zoo was much nicer than this.

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