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.
Animal Parks near Pretoria (Tshwane) and surrounds
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling
Pretoria Central(1 km from Pretoria (Tshwane) and surrounds)
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.
Lanseria(37.6 km from Pretoria (Tshwane) and surrounds)
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.
Hartbeespoort Dam(43.2 km from Pretoria (Tshwane) and surrounds)
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.