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Johannesburg Zoo

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Address: Upper Park Road near Jan Smuts, Johannesburg 2122, South Africa
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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A nice zoo!

I loved my visit to the Johansberg zoo. I was part of a large group visiting the zoo at the same time, people were helpful and made our visit memorable. A good variety of wildlife... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2015
Feras Z
Espoo, Finland
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Espoo, Finland
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2015

I loved my visit to the Johansberg zoo. I was part of a large group visiting the zoo at the same time, people were helpful and made our visit memorable. A good variety of wildlife to look at and learn about.

Thank Feras Z
Mpumalanga, South Africa
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31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2015

firstly u need to get there early enough bec parking is limited, the trucks inside the zoo is a total waste of R5, as the zoo is small enough for you to walk through, good day out for young children, recommend that you take a stroller with if you have a baby or toddler, it has path way designed for... More 

Thank karen c
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2015

The zoo is very unkempt at the moment with alterations being done and no parking facilities despite the web page saying you can park at the Military museum. The larger animals are in very dirty and barren enclosures with limited resources for them to eat naturally. i.e. the elephants only have a kind of hay to eat. The only decent... More 

Thank Goblin2Carletonville
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2015

This zoo is one of the worst I have visited. In comparison to the Pretoria zoo, it just does not match up. The cages are dirty and the animals are not well looked after.

Thank Theo d
Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

Its a great day out and the kids have a blast. Its also a fun night out on Halloween and the Zoo trot 5/10km walk/run is the best. With or without kids its a good morning out a good chance to see the zoo early morning. Normally its on the 2de Sunday of each month. Just check their website for... More 

Thank f00dl0ver4life
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

I am a regular visitor to the zoo as I live close by. It is a fantastic place to spend a day. The animals look really nice and well cared for. Ample space to walk and play areas for the kids to run around. Safe and secure. Try to attend one of the feeding sessions or the night tours when... More 

Thank Raptor0O1
Johannesburg, South Africa
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69 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2015

We took our little one to the Johannesburg Zoo, she loved every minute of it. What a treat was had by both young and old. A definate recommandation wether you have children or not.

Thank rehana m
Johannesburg, South Africa
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47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Clean, very good maintenance...but not the best zoo in the world! (Especially during the low season period - lots of "work in progress" and too many empty cages...)

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed July 8, 2015

Always the best place to visit especially when you need some time out of all the networks. I enjoy seeing animal live. It makes you see that God had a vision when he created the world. If you have never been to the Johannesburg zoo honestly you are missing out.

Thank SKHA301
Pretoria, South Africa
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2015

I would recommend if you want to go to JHB Zoo be there when they open in the morning before the big crowds come. Was surprised how clean and neat it was inside, the people working there are not very friendly or helpful but a good family outing.

Thank WDee22

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