The National Zoological Gardens is a must-see for any tourist visiting Pretoria. The zoo's sprawling 80 hectares of enclosures and parkland are centrally located on the side of a hill with spectacular views across the city. Over the past 100 years the Pretoria Zoo has established itself as one of the world's best zoos, with most enclosures providing generous space to the animals.
The Pretoria Zoo has a cable way that gives a bird's eye view of the zoo grounds and also serves to transport you to the top of the hill, saving you time and energy for the busy day ahead. Weary legs will appreciate a ride on the Zoo Choo-Choo. Golf carts and children's push carts are also available for hire.
Small children will especially enjoy the petting zoo at the farmyard. Bird lovers will enjoy the walk-thru aviaries which are divided into 4 different habitats. The zoo also has an impressive aquarium.
The zoo has two restaurants, a cafeteria, a braai area and lots of grassy parkland to enjoy a picnic.
Aquarium tours :
- featuring piranhas, sharks, salamanders
- Friday and Saturday evenings
- starts 18:30 sharp, finishes 20:00
- picnic in the Reptile Park afterwords
Spend a night with the animals. The evening begins with a guided tour full of fascinaing facts and curious folklore. Bring your own camping equipment, cutlery, food and drinks. Tours every Friday and Saturday evenings.
Take a guided tour and learn about the interesting nocturnal habits of the elephants, lions, pandas. jackals, owls, and rhinos and many more. Tour begins at 18:30 and finishes at 20:30, followed by a bring-your-own braai.
- 232 Boom Street, Pretoria
- a few blocks north of the Pretoria CBD
Daily 08:00 to 17:30
Tel: +27 12 328 3265
Nearby Towns:Capital Park
, Pretoria CBD
, Pretoria and Surrounding Areas
, Les Marais
Nearby Points Of Interest:Paul Kruger House
, Kruger Museum
, The Pierneef Museum
, South African State Theatre
, Science and Technology Museum, Pretoria
, National Cultural History Museum
, The Geological Survey Museum of Pretoria
, Transvaal Museum
, Melrose House Museum
, Union Building
, Springbok Vasbyt
, Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site
, Wonderboom Nature Reserve
, Hunters Half Marathon Challenge and 10km
, Pioneer Museum in Silverton