National Zoological Gardens, PretoriaCurrently Open
- 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
About National Zoological Gardens, Pretoria
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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National Zoological Gardens, Pretoria Reviews
The Pretoria Zoo is incredibly diverse in its collection of animals; including a really cool aquarium, aviary and reptile park. The shelters and grounds are exceptionally well-kept. The prices to get in are somewhat pricey but the food for sale inside the zoo is cheap and easily available. It's a nice place to go if you'd like to go for a good walk-around, but there are golf carts and cable car rides available if you get tired. There's plenty of space to sit with family and have picnics and let children run around.
Excellent assortment of animals beautiful views very friendly staff. I highly suggest that you make use of the golf carts to tour the zoo myself and my two kids or comfortable on a golf cart which we had hired for 3 hours and had visited the whole Zoo this way. The cost was 270 for 3 hours which was worth it be sure to be early in order to secure a golf cart . Make sure to take cash some of the activities require this and do not accept credit card. There is no halal food in the zoo so make sure you take your own
It was a pleasant experience. At the gate we were lucky and did not stand in a queue. We were there more or less 0930. The Happy Snappy people welcomed us and the photo experience was quite nice. The pictures is a little bit expensive, but it was worthwhile. The Zoo was very clean as well as the cages. We walked at the bottom and then took the cable car to the top and then walked all the way down. We enjoyed the morning.
Nice walkways. Many enclosures empty, maintenance notifications unclear so we spent some time staring at empty cages before eventually seeing the maintenance signs. Some animals, like the koalas, are only available for viewing at certain times of day, but the available times are visible on the enclosure itself only - nowhere else. We had to walk back to the koalas after seeing the times, which was a bit of a waste of time. The water in most enclosures were filthy (thick green slime/algae on surface) and rotting meat lay in the sun in some enclosures. Only the canteen/shop at the main park was open - once again we walked to all the different shop locations on their map, only to find them closed as well. Saw two seemingly drunk employees, and the river was exceptionally littered, even if the water itself was clean. Saw an open man-hole cover as well, at least 1.5m deep - quite a danger to the young ones! The aquarium seemed well maintained, and again, the pathways are nice...
The Pretoria Zoo has never disappointed me. It's always a first choice to enjoy animals that are safely kept and in clean enclosures. The Zoo always has great events like: Evening runs, Zoo clean-ups and children's events. Also has a wonderful venue for dining in class.
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