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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

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Address: 232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 12 328 3265
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08:30 - 17:30
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The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of...

The large cages at this renowned zoo are home to an expansive collection of animals from all over the world.

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The Zoo is reasonably well maintained. The animals look good. It is easy to get around on foot or by golf cart. The toilet facilities are acceptable. The area that needs to be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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White River, South Africa
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White River, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Zoo is reasonably well maintained. The animals look good. It is easy to get around on foot or by golf cart. The toilet facilities are acceptable. The area that needs to be addressed is the river that runs through the Zoo. It is absolutely filthy. Full of litter. Very sad to see as this is clearly a management issue... More 

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Champaign
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the top zoos in the world. The directors had a major role in rhino preservation. There is an amazing array of birds including a flock of pink flamingo that is extraordinary. A cable car takes you to see the lions and ungulates. This zoo offers a home for rescued animals and provides humane treatment. Highly recommend.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressive size and setting with a good range of animals and even a small but beautiful aquarium. Kids under 10 loved it!

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Fochville
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Do'nt expect too much. Being in Africa one would imagine this to be a world class zoo. Far from it. It is really exspencive and although it is nice to see the animals the enclosures are dissapointing and gardens unkept. Visit it for seeing the animals only.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went early for a cool walk around the zoo. My grandson was awed by the animals. Their pens were clean and well kept. We all loved it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to go and take photo's. They also have a night tour and you can also book to stay the night in tents in the Zoo. You will see all the night life that you usually miss. Great place to visit with the whole family.

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Durban
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I remember this zoo being the best in SA as a small child so naturally i took took my 5 year old son. To be honest i wasn't too impressed as i think more cold be done to enhance ones experience. Overall it is a nice day out but is lacking that extra punch! Some advice....hire the golf carts as... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit. Well look after animals. Beautiful gardens, will need one day to see all of it.Golf carts to drive if you dont want to walk. Nice picnic spots.

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My first visit to Pretoria Zoo was nothing short of disgusting. Came to Pretoria to take my young kids to the zoo and I will never be back. Animals look sad. Place is dirty. Can't believe that alcohol can be served in a place like that. Run down and I can only think it's mis managed. Sad day for me.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I must say I was horribly dissapointed with the Pretoria Zoo! I last went there a couple of years back and loved it!! The potential is there but it looks dirty unkept and really felt sorry for the animals!!! People lounging around drinking !! Rubbish lying every where was a complete disgrace! Come on people get it back to its... More 

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