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“Open spaces in the middle of a city.”
Review of Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo
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Johannesburg Zoo Half-Day Guided Tour
Johannesburg, South Africa
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12 reviews
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“Open spaces in the middle of a city.”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

The beautiful trees and landscape gives one a feeling of peace and tranquility in the midst of this busy, bustling city. My guesthouse is also very close to the Zoo and at night I hear the lions roar! Makes me feel like I am in the bush!

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“Ok but not great.”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had high expectations and thought our young kids would enjoy it a lot.

There is a lot of space with nice open areas for picnics and a few kiddie rides but the zoo side of it wasn't so great. There are big distances between the animal enclosures which is not ideal with younger children. I also found many of the enclosures poorly laid out so that it was difficult to see the animals. They often either far away (polar bears) or not visible at all (cheetahs, tigers). So rather disappointing that way since that is why one goes to the zoo. That said in some cases they did get it right - the elephants were the highlight of our visit with young kids as they were easy to see and from fairly close too. Its the luck of the draw on the day I guess.

So if you want some space and have the time and inclination to cover the distances to the various animals it isn't too bad. But as a zoo that allows you to see all of the animals close up (which is what I was expecting) it isn't great.

Visited March 2013
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San Francisco, CA
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“Meh.”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

it was alright, but I wouldn't recommend it. For some reason I thought a zoological park in South Africa would be more interesting than, say, the San Diego zoo. It wasn't. it wasn't BAD, mind you, it was just average. Honestly, the best part was the very cool security guard in the parking lot trying to teach me how to say "good morning, how are you, welcome to South Africa" in Zulu.

Visited February 2013
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Alberton, Gauteng, South Africa
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“Great Day Out”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Nothing to complain about here.Massive upgrades to make the animals more comfortable. Lovely gardens for A1 picnics and a photographers dream! My favourite day trip in JHB!

Visited November 2012
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Vaalwater, South Africa
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“wonderful day out”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

lovely day out with the children, but sadly not one kiosk open and not one ice cream stand open - on a hot day with little kiddies - not great! but lovely place.

Visited February 2013
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