National Zoological Gardens448 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 232 Boom St, Daspoort 319-Jr, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
- Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: +27-123392700
- Ticket Price: 75 ZAR
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Zoo, Family And Kids
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 Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For National Zoological Gardens
- 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
- Bus Stop on Boom St
- La Pentola
- Cafe Riche Basement
- La Cantina
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75.04% 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
National Zoological Gardens Reviews & Ratings
Amazing zoo. Great animal husbandry. Wonderful range of animals. Very friendly staff. Lovely shaded areas to rest, which you will need as the zoo is massive! The aquarium is too often overlooked. The tanks are immaculate and you can see it in how healthy all the aquatic creatures are, and how well the fresh water plants grow. Incredible range of aquatic creatures for such a small aquarium! It is always my highlight of this zoo
Great outing and reasonably priced, bring your picnic and enjoy meandering through the zoo and lovely gardens. You can see this beautiful place is underfunded yet all the animals are well cared for with clean cages. The giant walk in aviary was breath taking!!! Highly recommended! The staff were lovely too!
Many of the facilities were empty or not operating - including the bathrooms. A lot of the animals were not on display, especially the Australian ones. Furthermore, there was a lot of litter and dirt in a lot of areas. However, the animals were a delight to watch, and they had a lot of really gorgeous specimens. They definitely have an absurdly attractive collection of birds, some of which were friendly enough to "talk" to us. The employees were unfailingly polite and were also rather helpful.
The going to the Pretoria Zoo has always been a special treat for me. It's always great to see so many different animals. It would be 10 times better if the zoo was better maintained and there weren't so many empty enclosures. However, the zoo is so large its not like there isn't enough animals to view.
The zoo was wonderful, all the enclosures were clean and the animals were well taken care of. It is also wonderful to see all the effort that is being put in by SANBI to raise funds to improve the upkeep of the zoo. It was, however, quite sad to see that quite a few enclosures were empty. The zoo is very big, so be prepared to spend the whole day here if you go. I would recommend this as an outing to anyone who enjoys the outdoors or who has young children.