National Zoological GardensCurrently Open [Closes at 05:30 pm]
- Address: 232 Boom St, Pretoria, South Africa
- Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: +27-123392700
- Ticket Price: 75 ZAR
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Wildlife Sanctuary , Wildlife Park, Zoo, Family And Kids, Cable Car
National Zoological Gardens - Review
Africa’s largest and only national zoo is very popular with animals lovers. The zoo naturally focuses primarily on African wildlife. There’s a couple of aviaries, multiple ape enclosures for chimpanzees, baboons and monkeys. There’s a separate section for some of the smaller carnivores like cheetahs. There’s even an Australian Outback section for kangaroos, emus and ostriches. Further inside are the bigger wildcats, ibexes and zebras. The western section of the zoo has a reptile house. The zoo isn’t heavily promoted, so tourists often figure they’ll be done quickly. They are so wrong. The zoo is massive, so much so, that even on a golf cart, it takes almost four hours to cover all the exhibits. Also don’t miss the cable car that transverses high above the zoo.
National Zoological Gardens Information
- Tickets only sold till 4:30 pm.
- Get sunblock, comfortable footwear, cameras and refreshments.
- The parking area is apretty small. Get here early in the morning if you want a space.
National Zoological Gardens Ticket Prices
- The entrance fee includes a visit to the Aquarium and Reptile Park, as well as the Zoo.
- Adults R75; Children (2-15) R50; Organised school groups R32 (Monday to Wednesday); Organised school groups R45 (Thursday and Friday).
- School tariffs are not applicable during the school holidays, public holidays or weekends.
How To reach National Zoological Gardens by Public Transport
- Bus Stop on Boom St
Restaurants Near National Zoological Gardens
- La Pentola
- Cafe Riche Basement
- La Cantina
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Things to Know Before Visiting National Zoological Gardens
95% of people who visit Pretoria include National Zoological Gardens in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
59.57% of people start their National Zoological Gardens visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see National Zoological Gardens
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Zoological Gardens
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National Zoological Gardens, Pretoria Reviews
The zoo was a great family experience. It initially appears small and easy to get through in little time, but on further investigation I discovered that it is a really, really large zoo. A whole day is definitely needed to get through everything with time to rest and snack and take it all in. When I was there, the giraffe had just been introduced and so weren't fully visible. The gorilla had been moved and so also wasn't visible as well as one or two other animals, but nonetheless, it was still a great family experience.
The zoo is a beautiful place to walk around and explore all the enclosures. It is amazing to think you are in a city. The zoo is well looked after and the animals are in mint condition. The restaurant is shocking none of the stuff on the menu is available,but the staff is very friendly
It is a good place to learn about nature. The best time to visit, is from the early hours as so to be able to explore the place and see more animals. They have bird century which is one place to check it out. Not forgetting the top view of parts of the zoo when you're in the cable car, that's another thing you shouldn't miss when you visit. They also have lots of good places to relax and braai and have a picnic.
Aside from the few areas that were under construction or in need of a revamp, we had a lovely time at the zoo. The animals look well taken care of and the areas in which they are kept are neat/comfortable (for a zoo that is). I can’t believe just how large the zoo is, we were there for 5 hours, walked pretty quickly, and still didn’t manage to see everything. I was however disgusted at the amount of litter in the Apies River which runs through the zoo as well as litter scattered around the aviary area which I assume was from some of the school kids who visited that day. Hats off to the staff who keep the zoo going!
We spent a wonderful day at the Pretoria Zoo, which is as beautiful as ever! Some cages were under construction, but it was lovely nonetheless. Unfortunately one has to drive through Pretoria city centre to get to the zoo and I was shocked when I had to bear witness to what has become of our beautiful city. It is not only that the buildings are run-down, but the streets are so littered that I cannot even find the words to describe the disrespect that is taking place there every day! Is this the new South Africa that everyone so aspired to???
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