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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is a proud facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF). The 85-hectare zoo in Pretoria houses 3,117 specimens of 209 mammal species, 1,358 specimens of 202 bird species, 3,871 specimens of 190 fish species, 309 specimens of 93 reptile species Read More


Location
232 Boom Street
Area
Pretoria CBD
Phone
+27 12 339 2700

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Recent Reviews
We visited the Pretoria zoo while on business in Pretoria. We enjoyed seeing the animals, most of which have large pens, and most do not have heavy fencing blocking the view. A couple of sections need renovation. The vegetation in the zoo looks quite old and established - quite attractive. We especially liked the gorillas and the elephants. No coffee shop or restaurant was open - that would have made a nice break.Read more
Very interesting and love the animals. all are kept well fed and in overall very good condition. Just a very long walkRead more
Many zoos in South Africa are used for conservation, and so treatment of animals is good. As with this Zoo the animals habitats are made as normal as possible. The lions and tiger inhabit the hillside with dense trees and bushes so you might not see them...you can view from below or above the hill. Whilst this is great for them of course it would be ideal if they were in the wild. There are all the expected animals...warthog, giraffe, elephants, gorillas etc and one can see the animals are well fed and cared for. Animals might have been born in the zoo or rescued or for conservation. The actual premises are slightly tired....and can be crowded at peak times. At other times everything is closed...e.g the stands with snacks etc. There is a small cable car to go up the hill to view the lions from the top, which is paying...but closed out of season, so one can walk it. The little play train which winds around some animals enclosures is closed out of season. You can walk around the zoo...which can take easily 2-3 hrs...more if you are going to stand and watch the animals. The paths are all wheelchair and stroller accessible . There is a massive bird area and you have to climb down and up wooden stairs ...I can’t remember if this is wheelchair accessible). Or you can hire a golf cart (4 people)...for which you pay a refundable deposit and about R100 per hour. This is quite fun. There are numerous grass areas for picknicking. In season you can buy food...out of season you can buy ice creams and chips ....think only one cafe at the entrance out of season open. You might see staff feeding the animals if lucky. Entrance of children under 2 is free and there is reduced entrance for students and pensioners. For adults I think it was about R100. Yes..people moan about zoos....and for those where animals are cramped, maltreated etc one should. But in Pretoria zoo there is obvious dedication to the animals. It’s worth a visit if you want to see the big 5 and cannot get to a nature reserve.Read more
The Zoo in Pretoria has attract very shady characters and I personally will not go their again. I do not believe overseas visitors or any visitor for that matter is safe. The zoo to me is average and I believe neglected.Read more
I grew up in South Africa and when I was a teenager I took part in the Junior Conservation Program at the zoo over the holidays. I loved the zoo, it was so colourful, many animals and very vibrant and always busy. I left SA almost 20 years ago and I recently went back on holiday with my 3 year old daughter to visit my family, and I thought it would be great to take her to the Pretoria Zoo, so that she could experience the joy I has visiting the zoo. I must say that working through the zoo was very depressing. Majority of the cages where empty, the animals that were there looked lonely and sad. My heart was breaking for these animals. What has happened to what used to be a magnificent zoo? I really hope that the conditions vastly improve, and this is not only for visitors, who pay a lot of money to go the zoo, but also for the poor animals that are there.Read more