Johannesburg Zoo
Johannesburg Zoo
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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4.0
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Heather S
Nottingham, UK197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We caught an Uber to the Military Museum next door, and after doing that, came to the zoo, to make a complete day out. Plenty to see, and the animals have nice big enclosures, and in a lot of cases moats/walls surrounding, so you're not looking through wire fences. Plenty of grassy space to sit / picnic too. At the end, we struggled to get an Uber back as they'd gone on strike, and the zoo was about to close, and we didn't know the phone numbers for any local taxi firms, but the staff at the golf buggy hire station were incredibly helpful, arranging a car for us, and making sure the driver knew where to take us and that we knew what the fare would be. They were so wonderful, at a time when we were starting to get a bit desperate, really appreciated them.
Written April 8, 2022
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Sophia W
Johannesburg, South Africa132 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I don't know if it is just Covid, but a lot about the Joburg Zoo seems sad. Nothing really maintained well. The kids loved seeing the animals, but I am not sure I would recommend the place. It is sad to see so much in need of repair, even if it is just aesthetic.
Written March 15, 2021
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little_baggage
Pretoria, South Africa46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
I have visited this zoo a few times over about 35 years and it is still a really nice outing. The animals look healthy, the cages are clean and there are plenty of food stalls throughout the zoo. We rented a golf cart and even with it we spent almost 4 hours in the zoo.
There are a large number of empty cages, but I guess with the direction conservation is moving, it is difficult to replace an animal when it becomes deceased.
If you are planning to go, I advise that you go early. Around 9:00. Take sunscreen, water and your own food, if you choose, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. A stroller for little children is also essential.
Written May 7, 2022
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Gabriella E
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Unfortunately we choose to go to the zoo in a Saturday and there was a special fee tarif because of the zoo’s anniversary. More than 2h queue to get inside, no priority line, really bad organized. Full of people making lound sounds, stressing the animals, kids with noise toys everywhere, drunk people, not enough security staff, toilets in a really bad conditions, no paper, no soap.
No Wi-Fi. I have my doubts if the animals are well treated, really bad conditions for the visitors. I not recommend.
Written March 16, 2024
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HamzK
Durban, South Africa33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
While I'm against the concept of wild animals living in zoo's in general, this zoo is well laid out (requires the better part of a full day to visit without rushing) and decently maintained. Safe parking is available.

What was disappointing was the lack of availability of golf carts for hire - we put our name down on the waiting list, but were never called.
Written March 25, 2022
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Nicolaas v
Rawsonville, South Africa56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We are not city people but had a day off in the big city looking for a nice day out.

I love animals.

The ups
Animals look healthy
Massive zoo many things to do.

Negatives
Many exhibitions doesn't have signs which describe the animals or contents of the enclosures which is the main purpose of a zoo in my opinion. 🤷‍♂️

Further more many enclosures need cleaning and attention. Paint etc.

This zoo has amazing potential just needs some TLC
Written June 20, 2021
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Aileen W
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Wow what a zoo.
Clean spotless extremely well kept
Animals where very content happy
Cages spotless
The whole zoo was really quite amazing and excellent value for money .
Really must visit this special place.
Written February 10, 2024
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Phila D
Johannesburg, South Africa1,113 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
The zoo is not as great as it used to be. The animals seem healthy enough but the rest of the zoo is not that well maintained.

Apart from that it is a nice enough place to visit for the day to just take a walk, relax and take a leisurely stroll.
Written May 17, 2021
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Petrie van Zijl
Randburg, South Africa53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
We went to the Zoo for the first time in 4 years today. It was recently opened due to the COVID 19 lockdown, and I must say, the condition of the Zoo was superb! The animals, enclosures and open spaces are well maintained and the toilets were the cleanest I have ever seen them. We did not use the food stalls and rides, but they were operational and looked like lots of fun. Our children thoroughly enjoyed looking at the hippo, elephant, gorilla, monkeys, lion and giraffe.
Written September 5, 2020
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Matvl
4,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We had a great day with friends at the zoo. Even though it was a Sunday it was surprisingly quiet. We enjoyed the sunshine, large variety of exhibits and lunch outside the Chimpanzee enclosure. It all get safe, appropriately socially distanced and a perfect covid outing; especially if you want a safe way to see friends and family.
Written December 15, 2020
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