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“Quite Interesting”

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
Ranked #6 of 119 things to do in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
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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 September 11, 2013

The visit was very revealing about the character traits of the different animals in the park. The guided tour in the night was quite interesting and Jabu the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the animals in the Park. The feeding of the Lions was quite a sight!

Thank Spirodesi
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

The ZOO is situated in not so fine area of Pretoria. Parking is really close but I think that during the Summer there just can´t be enough parking spots for all visitors. The entrance fee was OK and the staff was very pleasant. There are some really worth seeing animal species but sometimes you can get lost because of missing signage. This place provides a good relaxation for everyone who likes nature, at least a little. Toilets and snack bars are always close. Would recommend using the cableway inside the ZOO.

Thank Alena B
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

a wonderfull place to visit. It is full of people on weekends and the que is long but it has a lot of animals to see. There should be more info signs though. At 14:30 is feeing time so its a good time to see the big cats eating...

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

I've visited a lot of Zoos in a lot of different countries but this one is by far the best. Well laid out and easy to find the animals.
The animals all appeared to be in immaculate condition and kept in generously sized pens compared to a lot of other zoos.
A golf cart is a must as this zoo is huge. The longer you keep the cart the cheaper by the hour it becomes (holds four).
The food is very good as are the facilities.
I thought the cable car ride was amazing.

Thank Crowebag
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

The biggest challenge was getting there by public transport. The Gautrain bus route shown on the website is out of date. The bus from the Gautrain station is now P3 and it lets you off a couple blocks from the entrance in a sketchy market area, not in front of the zoo. Once safely inside, you can walk a recommended loop ( which I found misses out some fantastic animals and Bird Paradise which was phenomenal) or use a golf cart which seemed a very popular choice. It is a world class zoo although clearly struggling to maintain its standards.The wooden walkway to the recommended Aquarium and Reptile Park ( don' t miss the penguins and Komodo Dragons) is a case in point - watch your footing as there are broken slats. A return ride on the cableway is a must. I am not normally a zoo person but this one fully absorbed 3 rewarding hours. During the week , be prepared for lots of school groups but they were well behaved and understandably excited. Gorillas were priceless.The only animal I did not see was a giraffe - not sure it was my oversight. Definitely one of Pretoria's top attractions.

Thank Connoisseur-of-Life
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