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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

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232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
+27 12 328 3265
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GOOD FOR A LONG WALK

This zoo has definitely seen better days. Visitors get to see a range of tired animals behind... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Heather R
Good Experience

Lovely Animals and nice atmosphere. Very educational. Loved seeing the White Tiger and other exotic... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kimberley A
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The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of animals from all over the world.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“golf cart” (47 reviews)
“pretoria zoo” (72 reviews)
“cable car” (62 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:30
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232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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+27 12 328 3265
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Reviewed yesterday

This zoo has definitely seen better days. Visitors get to see a range of tired animals behind dirty glass and metal walls. Truculent tigers, lazy lions, pachyderms with a limited range to stomp, a sad bear out of his cooler North American context, flamingoes screeching...More

Thank Heather R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely Animals and nice atmosphere. Very educational. Loved seeing the White Tiger and other exotic animals as well as our own beautiful African animals. It's a pity about the lack of Funding to help the Zoo maintain some of its enclosures, and to clean up...More

Thank Kimberley A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My kids enjoyed the outing we were welcoming spring on the 2nd September we decided to go to the zoo what a tiring experience I advise people to hire a go kart

1  Thank portiarabatshidi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Pretoria a number of times but had never thought of the zoo! Thank goodness as a family on holiday from the UK we decided to visit. Set in the heart of the city, the zoo offers secure parking - as secure...More

2  Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun place, one could rent a golf cart, the cable car is also good when you dont have enough time! The hawkers right outside the zoo have decent rates for souviniers!

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was on leave and decided to take my grandson (now 4 years old) to the zoo. We had an absolute blast! He was especially impressed with the flamingos and elephants, but disappointed that he didn't see a whale at the aquarium (lol) - he...More

Thank Ms. Jolana M
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Visited the Zoo earlier this month and felt quite disappointed. Friends of ours waited over 40 mins for hotdogs at the restaurant. Facilities are run down and the complete state of the zoo is dated and not exciting at all. Animals weren't taken too good...More

Thank celestefouche
Reviewed 15 August 2017

After 6 years we again visited with the grand kids and were shocked with the filthy state of the zoo. I looks like a dump full of plastic. Also n a saturday the main restaurant was closed and seems to be closed for a long...More

Thank Staal
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Kleen well kept animals and a nice cable car ride top view of the enclosures. The staff very professional and helpful, the restaurant and stalls have great food and service was great, this is definitely a great family outing.

Thank pieter163
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Animals in good condition and quite a few things to see. Interesting aquarium house and snake house. It used to be a place where people could get robbed when they had to park their car outside and cross the road to the entrance but it...More

1  Thank laraBrussels
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chireneharrison
19 July 2017|
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Response from KelvinZulu | Reviewed this property |
We hailed one of the workers riding a cart, offered him 50- and he took us all the way to the top and collected us at the specified time arranged later.
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Kelley H
23 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.
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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
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