Pretoria Zoo

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Description

One of the top ten zoos in the world, The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa offers animal lovers a staggering 9 500 animals to view.

Situated on 85 hectares in the heart of ‘Jacaranda City’, it’s the largest zoo in the country and is home to mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians alike. The spacious grounds house some rare species of antelope, white rhino, elephant, hippos, lions, cheetah, gorillas and even bats!

Over 600 000 people visit the zoo every year, and there’s so much to see. It’s worth enquiring about what tours are on offer. You can hire a golf cart or take the Zoo Choo-Choo Tractor Train if you’re not up for the six kilometres of walkways. For a birds-eye view, take the cableway and ride above the zoo and on both sides of the Apies River.

The largest inland marine aquarium in the country, The Aquarium and Reptile Park, also form part of the zoo facility. Kids will love watching the endangered Komodo dragon, ragged-tooth sharks and other weird and highly poisonous beasties.

Dotted around the zoo are a number of picnic spots where you can relax under giant shade trees. Braai facilities are available at the picnic area on the banks of the Apies River. You can also opt for a sit down meal at the restaurant.

Visiting hours:
Open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Tickets are sold from 8:30 to 16:30 daily and the zoo closes at 17:30.

Pretoria Zoo Map

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Customer Reviews

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Shocked and sad - We were appalled at the standard that has gone down the drain at the PTA Zoo! Littered lawns, littered cages, animals looking sick and people drinking alcohol and braaing...honestly! The PTA Zoo used to be the preferred Zoo to visit and growing up there we had awesome times! Please do something to save the animals..or close your doors once and for all.

Chantal Pelser
South Africa

Empty cages - Visited the zoo and was very very disappointed! Many of the cages were empty. It seems as if the zoo is going backwards at quite a quick rate.

Mark Barker

Nature at its best - I don't live in Pretoria, but make it my duty to visit the Zoo once every year. I am a great animal lover, but petrified of birds, yet I find myself staring at the wonderful birds of prey they have. The Zoo offers true peace and tranquility away from our hectic city lives.I introduced my child to the zoo from the time she was an infant. She is now 14 and also loves the visit. I just wish I could visit more often.

Rowena Nassiep

Accommodation near Pretoria Zoo

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Palmview Guesthouse

Sleeps 14 Capital Park Bed and Breakfast in Capital Park
1.11km from Pretoria Zoo

Palmview Guesthouse is situated in the heart of Pretoria offering a quiet retreat near all the main ...

Colosseum Executive Suite Hotel

Sleeps 116 Pretoria Central Hotel in Pretoria Central
1.35km from Pretoria Zoo

Ideally situated in the capital city of Pretoria, the Colosseum Executive Suite Hotel boasts a uniqu...

from R1,070
1 night, 2 adults

Arcadia Hotel

Sleeps 281 Arcadia Hotel in Arcadia
1.80km from Pretoria Zoo

Located at the foot of the Union Buildings, the Arcadia Hotel is an integral part of the Arcadia Sho...

from R690
1 night, 2 adults

Morning Star Express Hotel

Sleeps 378 Sunnyside Hotel in Sunnyside
1.85km from Pretoria Zoo

Morning Star Express Hotel offers excellent value accommodation to all its valued guests in the form...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

Li'TheCa Guesthouse and Function Venue

Sleeps 12 Sunnyside Guest House in Sunnyside
2.11km from Pretoria Zoo

Li'TheCa Guesthouse and Function Venue is located in the heart of Pretoria, Sunnyside. The name Li...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Greenodd Guesthouse

Sleeps 12 Riviera Self-catering in Riviera
2.13km from Pretoria Zoo

A beautifull B&B/Self Catering thatched cottage conveniently located in the heart of Pretoria. Offe...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Silent View Guesthouse

Sleeps 8 Riviera Guest House in Riviera
2.18km from Pretoria Zoo

Situated in the tranquil area of Riviera with a spectacular view over the city, Silent View offers y...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Holiday Inn Express Pretoria Sunny Park

Sleeps 606 Sunnyside Hotel in Sunnyside
2.22km from Pretoria Zoo

The gleaming 25 storey glass and steel Holiday Inn Express Pretoria Sunnypark sits atop lively Sunny...

from R1,075
1 night, 2 adults

Premier Hotel Pretoria

Sleeps 178 Arcadia Hotel in Arcadia
2.29km from Pretoria Zoo

The Premier Hotel Pretoria welcomes you to South Africa's capital city. Indulge your body in the co...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Lerato Bush Lodge

Sleeps 12 Riviera Lodge, Riviera Private Home, Riviera Self-catering, Riviera Bed and Breakfast, Riviera Safari Lodge in Riviera
2.31km from Pretoria Zoo

Lerato Bush Lodge is located in Tshwane and offers four self-catering chalets, two chalets with two ...

 
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Rowena Nassiep - 13 July 2011

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Mark Barker - 01 November 2011