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“Best zoo in South Africa”

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
Ranked #12 of 126 things to do in Pretoria
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Owner description: The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of animals from all over the world.
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Pretoria Zoo not only has an amazing collection of animals, but has a wide range of educational and environmental programs. They really care about the animals and there are always people to help you find out more. You can even camp there at night, although we have not been brave enough to try.

Thank RogerP138
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's a lovely, fun-day outing for the young and the old. It's quite a steep climb to the lion-area, so for elderly I would recommend to rent a golf-car. Lots to see and do ..from the reptile park, to all the beautiful birds, sea-life and wild animals. We've visited the Pretoria-Zoo quite often and find the parking-area also save and the car-guards very friendly, honest and responsible.

Thank Suzette F
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Allocate a full day to this outing and bring a picnic basket (there is loads of beautiful and even quiet spots to have a picnic). There is BBQ facilities in the general area but that is usually quite full so if you intend to have a BBQ (or commonly called a braai), get to a spot early. Otherwise loads of kiosk dotted around the park (so you won't go thirsty or hungry) and a restaurant. Make sure to get a map of the zoo as it is a very large area and they have subdivided the park into various areas ie. reptile park, oceanarium, birds, etc. Wear comfortable walking shoes but if walking is not your style, they do hire out golf carts by the hour and there is a nice cable car to enjoy the view from the top. Signage is excellent all around the park and useful info and facts listed at all animal enclosures. I think this zoological gardens has really made an effort to ensure all enclosures resemble the natural environment as close as possible for animals.

Thank ssford2711
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

from oceanarium, reptile pArk, spiders, cable car, all in one! Plenty to see as well as feeding schedules for the animals, a big cafeteria and green grass for a picnic!

Thank liezeldebruin
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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Lovely experience of a zoo! Take a golf cart if you want to walk less!

Try to go in the week and in the early mornings when there are much less visitors and you can easily explore this lovely zoo

Thank Brinkies
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