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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

#6 of 116 things to do in Pretoria Features Animals
232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
+27 12 328 3265
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Family outings

Theres so much to see ranging from animals and even snakes. The grounds are good for family lunches... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2017
Entertaining nephews

Even though I have a moral problem with wild animals being caged in, the zoo was very well managed... read more

Reviewed May 4, 2017
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The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of animals from all over the world.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
+27 12 328 3265
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Reviewed May 13, 2017

Theres so much to see ranging from animals and even snakes. The grounds are good for family lunches and games with the children and friends.

Thank Mundoringisak
Reviewed May 4, 2017

Even though I have a moral problem with wild animals being caged in, the zoo was very well managed and clean. Entrance was quick and without problems (apart from trying to keep 3 over excited boys in place). You have the option of walking around...More

Thank LouisBerg
Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

You could see the remnants of a once a great zoological garden. But it is screaming for some up keep. Not all displays correspond to the boards. Too many repetitions. Some of the animals are lonely and sadly show zoochosis tendencies. Many kiosks are closed....More

Thank Jayan T
Reviewed April 29, 2017 via mobile

Friends of the Zoo is a group of voluntary individuals who raise funds for the upkeep of the Zoo . Every 3rd saturday of the month there is a 5km walk in Zoo for the entire family and in June and September there is a...More

Thank unittak
Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

The worst. The Zoo isn't up to standard and the animals look so "unhappy" If there was a petition to shut down the zoo, I'd do it. I have also spoken to a few people about this and they feel the same.

1  Thank arnold510
Reviewed April 18, 2017 via mobile

We went to the Zoo with my daughter during the school holidays. There is safe and secure parking right in front of the zoo for R25 Overall the Zoo looks ok but it could be a lot better. The animals look healthy and looked after...More

1  Thank cpavlou84
Reviewed April 11, 2017

Bird courses are presented at the Pretoria Zoo by experts in that field. The theory as well as practical parts can being done on the same site. Very good idea to attend these courses if you decide to make birding a hobby.

Thank Friedel W
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Overall the facility needs TLC. Some sections are well cared for but regrettably others are in desperate need for repairs. Animals are well cared for. Information on animals are limited. A large number of enclosures are empty. The experience is average.

Thank AfricaLinx
Reviewed April 9, 2017

Not as good as it was, but still fantastic The cable car is a great way to get to the top of the kopie above the lion enclosure,then walk down the side and amble around all the various animal enclosures. The giant fig mentioned below...More

1  Thank KelvinZulu
Reviewed April 6, 2017

Years ago it was one of the great zoos in the world, but the last time I have visited the neglect of the grounds and the animals broke my heart and many empty cages.

Thank Awethu_International
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Kelley H
What is the best way to get here from Tambo airport and how long is the travel time from Johannesburg?
January 23, 2017|
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Response from j0766 | Reviewed this property |
You can get there by Gautrain and bus but this service only runs in the week! Uber or road transfer would be best. Travel time is about 45 min to an hour depending on traffic.
Jaco V
How much time do you need to walk through the zoo?
January 20, 2017|
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Response from africantravel | Reviewed this property |
Quite a few hours. It's expansive and if you want to see it all then it would take half a day. I got the chairlift to the top and walked down and through
how much is the entry fee for two adults?
November 3, 2016|
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Response from Fakeittillyoumakeit | Reviewed this property |
R110 per adult. R220 for two adults.