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Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park in Lanseria

Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park

Animal Park in Lanseria

Enjoy thrilling encounters with scaly creatures at Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park! Close to the Lanseria International Airport and the Cradle of Humankind, Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park is worth a whirl. Brave folk will be given the opportunity to hold a baby croc and a variety of snakes. There’s even a tarantula! Don’t forget your camera. Informative guided tours take visitors to see the range of crocs from tiny juveniles to the + 5m adults. After the tour, relax in the tea garden while the kids play in the shaded play area. Open 09:00 – 16:30 daily including public holidays.

Hunyani Snake City in Edenvale

Hunyani Snake City

Animal Park in Edenvale

Snakes alive! Eyeball cobras, mambas, king snakes, anacondas, rattlesnakes, pythons and crocodiles at Snake City, also called Hunyani Reptile Educational Breeding Centre. Live snake shows take place at 11am, 3pm and 5pm. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Johannesburg Zoo in Parkview

Johannesburg Zoo

Animal Park in Parkview

Johannesburg Zoo is a top attraction in Parkview, a leafy, upmarket northern suburb in Johannesburg. The zoo is internationally accredited and highly respected for its husbandry practices, which includes maintaining a high standard of animal welfare, nutrition and ethical conduct, ensuring the physical and psychological well- being of all its animals. The zoo was opened in 1904, when a piece of land was donated to the citizens of Johannesburg as a recreational venue. The land came with 10 animals and today the zoo has seven classes of animal life: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and arachnids, amounting to 365 species (1868).The zoo’s animal collection includes charismatic White and Tawny Lion, Cheetah, Puma, Polar Bear, Brown Bear, Ringtailed Lemur, Siamang and Forest Cobra. See also the Spectacled Bear, Snow Leopard and Stripped Hyaena, which are rare in zoos. Endangered species are: Siberian Tiger, Margay, Wild dog, Lowland Gorilla, Sumatran Orang-utan, Red panda, Black and white Ruffed Lemur, Wattled Crane, and Cape vulture. In addition to animals from other parts of the world, there is a large collection of South African animals such as African Hippo, Giraffe, Zebra, Baboons, Meerkat, Honey Badger, Springbok, four of the big five - Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant and Lions and majestic birds such as Secretary Birds and the Bald Ibis. In the walk- through aviary, visitors can almost touch the birds. The zoo’s plant collection consists of public gardens and landscapes plants in animal exhibits, which recreate their natural habitat and indigenous & historical gardens such as Medicinal, Rose and Herb gardens.The zoo also provides Animal Talk and Feeding sessions about Chimpanzees, Vultures, Polar Bears, Wild Dogs and more. These take place every weekend and public holiday from 9h30 and run through out the day. Zoo keepers narrate personal stories of zoo animals, how they live, their relationships, origins and social norms. Children can visit the farm yard where they can see and even touch friendly farm animals such as Nguni and Bapedi Sheep. There are very small to giant breeds such as Shetland pony and Shire horse. Children can also play on the zoo’s play ground gyms.The zoo offers a range of excellent guided tours: Day, Night, Dinner and Behind the Scenes Tours, which allow for splendid experience of seeing, smelling and hearing real animals. Each tour is different and has its own unique features.Day Tours start with everyone getting on a zoo ferry to visit several areas, like the apes, Amazonia, Heart of Africa and the pachyderms. A Tour guide introduces you to the animals by sharing facts and interesting stories and giving some animals a treat. This tour is charged on a sliding scale of R85, R75 and R65 for groups of 15, 20 and 35 sizes. School groups are charged a flat rate of R50.Night Tours allows visitors to see the zoo’s night life explore their world, such as Honey Badger, Owl, Tiger, Lion, Hippo, Civet, Caracal, Margay, Porcupine, Genet, African Wild Cat, Red Panda, Serval, etc. Visitors bring a picnic meal, torches and wear comfortable shoes and get ferried around the zoo on a journey of discovery. The Tour guide explains the nocturnal animals’ natural behaviour as the group sees it happen.After the tour, everyone enjoys their picnic and the zoo provides a hot cuppa and marshmallows to toast around a camp fire. See a different and wonderful life at night. This tour is charged on a sliding scale of R95, R85 and R75 for groups of 15, 20 and 35 sizes. School groups are charged a flat rate of R50.Dinner Tour is an opportunity to enjoy an outdoor meal while listening to the zoo’s night sounds, like the dominant lion Numzaan’s gruff roar. The group visits several camps, similar to camps visited by the night tour. Tour cost R200.Behind the Scenes Tours provide a chance to get close to zoo animals where only Keepers are allowed. The tour visits the zoo kitchen, where animal feed is prepared, the hospital, where veterinary care and a place to recuperate are provided, and night rooms used by animals to relax and shelter from inclement weather. This tour shows the importance of zoos and lets you get closer than ever before. Tours cost R 85.Opening Hours: 8:30 – 17:30 with the last entry at 16:00Admission price: Adults – R50 Children & pensioners – R30

Lion Park Theme Park in Honeydew

Lion Park Theme Park

Animal Park in Honeydew

The Lion Park Resort, a theme, water and animal park. The resort offers a water park with a wave pool, kiddies pool, super tube, speed slides, kiddies slide, a theme park with spectacular amusement rides, volley ball court, bar, restaurant, take-away and shop, lions, 4x4 track.

Animal Parks near Johannesburg

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Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park in Lanseria

Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park

Animal Park in Lanseria(22 km from Johannesburg)

Enjoy thrilling encounters with scaly creatures at Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park! Close to the Lanseria International Airport and the Cradle of Humankind, Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park is worth a whirl. Brave folk will be given the opportunity to hold a baby croc and a variety of snakes. There’s even a tarantula! Don’t forget your camera. Informative guided tours take visitors to see the range of crocs from tiny juveniles to the + 5m adults. After the tour, relax in the tea garden while the kids play in the shaded play area. Open 09:00 – 16:30 daily including public holidays.

 National Zoological Gardens of South Africa  in Pretoria Central

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Animal Park in Pretoria Central(48.8 km from Johannesburg)

The largest zoo in South Africa, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa also is proudly associated with the National Research Foundation. In addition to the zoo, there is an aquarium and reptile park. Children and organised groups are most welcome. Special tours can also be arranged. The cafeteria and restaurant has a wide range of food offerings, and there is ample parking. Pop in for a visit; open all week from 8:30 to 16:30.

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary in Hartbeespoort Dam

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary

Animal Park in Hartbeespoort Dam(54.6 km from Johannesburg)

Walk through an indigenous forest on elevated wooden walkways and see a variety of exotic monkeys in an exquisite natural environment. Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary takes in rescued primates that have been raised as pets or have been bred or imported for the pet trade. Their mission is to rehabilitate them for relocation to an environment that is natural to them and where they can lead normal, happy, and productive lives.Need to know? All tours are structured and guided - perfect for family, corporate and educational outings.

 

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