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.

Akanani Apartments
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from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Akanani Apartments

Sleeps 102 Arcadia Self-catering in Arcadia
2.27km from Pretoria Zoo

Akanani Apartments is located in the heart of Pretoria, close to the city centre, international emba...

from R770
1 night, 2 adults

Manhattan Hotel

Sleeps 156 Pretoria Central Hotel in Pretoria Central
2.29km from Pretoria Zoo

Manhattan Hotel is located in Pretoria Central, close to the Pretoria Gautrain station. The aim at M...

from R1075
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 R530
1 night, 2 adults

Amper Bo Gastehuis

Sleeps 15 Riviera Self-catering in Riviera
2.33km from Pretoria Zoo

This Herbert Baker 1932 guesthouse is set on a hill with lovely views from every room. Relax by the ...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

11th Avenue Guesthouse

Sleeps 20 Pretoria Central Self-catering in Pretoria Central
2.44km from Pretoria Zoo

We are an affordable and comfortable self-catering guesthouse, with various rooms catering for your ...

from R18860
1 night, 2 adults

The Blue Train Route - Pretoria to Hoedspruit to Pretoria

Sleeps 78 Pretoria Central Train in Pretoria Central
2.45km from Pretoria Zoo

The Blue Train Route - Pretoria to Hoedspruit is a new route added to the iconic The Blue Train. The...

The Blue Train Route - Pretoria to Cape Town to Pretoria
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from R27590
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The Blue Train Route - Pretoria to Cape Town to Pretoria

Sleeps 78 Pretoria Central Train in Pretoria Central
2.45km from Pretoria Zoo

The Blue Train Route - Pretoria to Cape Town is a 27-hour scenic train journey. This 1600 km trip al...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Deja-Vu Pretoria

Sleeps 18 Riviera Bed and Breakfast in Riviera
2.48km from Pretoria Zoo

Deja-Vu is a stylish guest house with a touch of French flair. This peaceful retreat offers a spect...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Marianne's B&B

Sleeps 10 Riviera Bed and Breakfast in Riviera
2.51km from Pretoria Zoo

Comfortable accommodation, centrally situated and able to accommodate guests using wheelchairs, as w...

from R1400
1 night, 2 adults

Hotel 224

Sleeps 448 Pretoria (Tshwane) and surrounds Hotel in Pretoria (Tshwane) and surrounds
2.52km from Pretoria Zoo

Hotel 224 is set in the heart of Pretoria. It is just an half an hour’s drive from the OR Tambo Inte...

 
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Mark Barker - 01 November 2011