We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Address: 232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
Phone Number: 0123283265
Website
Improve this listing
80%
Ranked #8 of 41 Activities in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of animals from all over...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of animals from all over the world.

Hotels near National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Write a Review

169 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    70
    66
    18
    12
    3
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Durban
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This zoo makes for a pleasant family day out and takes a few hours at least to see most of the attractions. it is large so walking will take its toll to get around. Hire a battery operated golf-type car at the entrance, code 8 driver's licence needed though, and this will take away all the legwork, which would otherwise... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pretoria, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

There are continuous renovations taking place at the zoo which is looking better each time. the penguin pool looks great. a good family outing

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gaborone, Botswana
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We took our family of 8 to the PTA Zoo and must say its the best run and kept zoo that we have visited . Large ,organisedand so much to do. Well done guys Great place for all and for any occassion. Thanks you for the great service Ben and Family from Botswana

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I have long been visiting the PTA zoo as I've always thought it was a magical place and a zoo to be proud of but this year I visited and was really dissapointed, the grounds and gardens are still fantastic however tons of the enclosures are empty and the animal numbers seem to be dwindling.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cape Town, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

If you want to see many animals from all over the world, this is the place for you. I'm not a fan of zoos in general but this one is great. The animals are beautiful and well looked after and some species are now extinct in the wild so if you want to see them, this is the place to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Johannesburg, South Africa
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
25 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is really one of the top Zoo(s) anywhere. It literally has a plethora of different reptiles, mammals,including polar bears, birds, and even a basic aquarium. The zoo itself is superbly well maintained and offers easy as well as fairly energetic walks, and golf carts for the less enthusiastic. Definitely worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Durban, South Africa
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Although a bit pricey, its worth every penny as you have a huge variety of animals, incl tigers, bears, lions, elephants, koalas, etc. The aquarium is very informative and the reptile section has every species of snake you can think of. They even have a bird section. Lots of walking if you dont hire a golf cart but you can... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gauteng
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It was a pleasure to visit the zoo with my family. I was Suprise on how clean the whole place were including the toilets and I mean the whole zoo. The animals are well looked after too. The staff are friendly.The gardens are well maintained. I will definitely go back there with my little ones. The photos they sell you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pretoria
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

There is so much animals to see, it takes nearly two days to view everything. It is a great adventure to go as a family and the picknick spots is great. Lots of rest places for the tired, well maintained and wheel chair friendly.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a large zoo in a very clean park-like setting that is well worth the visit; in fact, it is one of the most beautiful zoos we have been to apart from the one in San Diego. The variety of animals provides an interesting experience for both adults and children, especially the aquarium section. It is also nice to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed National Zoological Gardens of South Africa also viewed

 

Been to National Zoological Gardens of South Africa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from National Zoological Gardens of South Africa staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?