About Pretoria Zoo

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.

+27 (0)12 328 3265 [email protected]
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Reviews for Pretoria Zoo

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Chantal Pelser
27 October 2012

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.

Mark Barker
01 November 2011

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.

Rowena Nassiep
13 July 2011

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.

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Pretoria Zoo Map

Pretoria Zoo is 1.2km from the centre of Pretoria (Tshwane) , the nearest airport 10.2km (Waterkloof AFB Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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