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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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95% of people who visit Pretoria include National Zoological Gardens in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
70.27% 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
The condition of the zoo is deteriorating. It needs a major overhaul. The red Panda died a.few years back. The area for the Elephants is dry and Sandy. No grass lives there. The same goes for the Whiteand Black RHINO enclosure. It would be lovely if govt spent some money on the infrastructure. I was there for team building and we hired a venue inside the zoo. The upkeep of that venue is poor. Building have not been painted in years. I feel sad to see how such a no e pace is getting run down due to limited Maintenance and upkeep.
The overall experience was very good. The only downside was the litter. Rubbish bins were overflowing and the river was filled with plastic bags, bottles, cans and much more. We could see that measures were in place to keep the place clean, but the general public are not keeping their end of the deal. Concerning the animals and their upkeep, that deserves five stars. Enclosures are clean and big enough for the animals concerned. The animals seem generally happy and healthy. We were in awe of the variety to see. It's a long walk through, so a golf cart is advised, or a push-trolley/taxi for the little ones, at least. Take a hat, sunblock and water. Wear comfy walking shoes. The cable car is very cheap and fun way to see everything from above and to also cut out the uphill walk. Buying food inside the zoo is expensive, but good quality. Entry fee is expensive, but worth it. Parking seems safe enough, but you also pay a fee. The hawkers at the gate are overwhelming, but they luckily understand 'no'. For a family of 3 on a budget, prepare to pay R600 for the outing.
Fantastic place to take your children because where else would they get to see all the different animals. Golf carts are for hire and this makes it a much more enjoyable experience as u do not get tired of the walking and therefore get to see much more of the zoo another alternative is to take the cable car to the top and walk down to the entrance. There are lots of shady resting places where u can enjoy a picnic with your family or buy take aways to enjoy.
Loved this place and walked for so long. I would advise taking picnic stuff and sunscreen as it's very hot and the food and drinks are very expensive. I did not like that people drive golf carts around whilst drinking alcohol ,whatsapping and driving at great speeds so be aware of your little ones as it's not completely safe for them .
The National Zoo has been a family favourite for years and even today it does not let us down. All animals are well kept with big enough space to allow them to roam and even hide away if the do not feel like entertaining guests, they have privacy for themselves. All enclosures are clean and the staff are all friendly. If you need help, just ask and they oblige. Keep up the good work.