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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

#6 of 116 things to do in Pretoria Features Animals
232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
+27 12 328 3265
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Lovely zoo

Went to the zoo and had a lovely day. It's quite big and the children loved it. Lots to see... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Janneke K
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
via mobile
Still worth it!

Even though it can get very busy, it is still a place well worth visiting. We did the Zoo walk and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Hestie C
via mobile
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The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of animals from all over the world.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good41%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
+27 12 328 3265
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went to the zoo and had a lovely day. It's quite big and the children loved it. Lots to see. Childrens favourite was the aquarium.

Thank Janneke K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Even though it can get very busy, it is still a place well worth visiting. We did the Zoo walk and then stayed on after to properly look at all the animals. The restaurant is disappointing and one should take a picnic basket when visiting...More

Thank Hestie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A couple of years ago we visited the zoo 2 -3 times a year. It used to be our highlight trips. Our recent visit sadly showed neglect with particular reference to the aquarium where most tank contained different fish to what it indicated. The komodo...More

Thank 77LuluE
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most amazing place to view wild animals & reptiles. It is very clean and located out of the main city, thus away from traffic conjestion. The zoological garden has leafy trees that makes it ideal to visit even on very hot days....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

They are doing a good job looking after all the animals and keeping the area clean with good refreshments and safe parking area.

Thank elna322
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had heard mixed things about the Pretoria Zoo over the years. It has not been an institution free from controversy in the past and, as an environmentalist, I have always had mixed feelings about zoos. The benchmark for me when it comes to zoos...More

Thank Gareth D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place on recommendation from my brother. As far as zoo's go this place far exceeded our expectations. Was clean, lots to see and animals appear well looked after. This place is huge so be prepared to do lots of walking. Lots of...More

Thank PaddySA1000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is probably one of the best Zoos In Johannesburg and Pretoria, there is a wide variety of animals with proper sign posts. I was totally amazed with the waterfalls and the River- extremely clean...very relaxing. Most of the enclosures resemble the natural home of...More

Thank nathan102
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Pretoria Zoo is so interesting and well worth a visit. There are many picnic spots and wonderful walking paths. Be aware of criminal activity around the parking area and on the route to the Zoo.

Thank Riana44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking will help because that is a battle. Picnic spot is great. Like the under roof seating. Child friendly.

Thank terciav2017
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Kelley H
24 January 2017|
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Response from j0766 | Reviewed this property |
You can get there by Gautrain and bus but this service only runs in the week! Uber or road transfer would be best. Travel time is about 45 min to an hour depending on traffic.
Jaco V
20 January 2017|
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Response from africantravel | Reviewed this property |
Quite a few hours. It's expansive and if you want to see it all then it would take half a day. I got the chairlift to the top and walked down and through