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natal zoological gardens

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Lynn Field Park, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
+27 33 335 7860
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This place was revolting. The animals were kept in tiny enclosures and everything was to dirty and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
yashi h
Horrible so called "Zoo"

This place is an unclean and poorly maintained business, not a zoo. I feel extremely sorry for the... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Fresno, Texas
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  • Excellent9%
  • Very good18%
  • Average37%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible33%
13 Jul 2017
“Lovely for family”
2 Apr 2017
“Dont go on a hot day”
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Lynn Field Park, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
+27 33 335 7860
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was revolting. The animals were kept in tiny enclosures and everything was to dirty and poorly maintained. The animals just look depressed especially the poor orangutan and this made me very unhappy. If they cannot care for the animals they should sell them....More

Thank yashi h
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This place is an unclean and poorly maintained business, not a zoo. I feel extremely sorry for the animals who are stuck in the unnatural tiny plots in this "zoo" with no enrichment and a life of sadness. They were also in several news stories...More

2  Thank fatehperform
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to visit the Natal Zoological Gardens for the last weekend of the school holidays and was absolutely pleased. The animals were exciting to look at, the lion was roaring and my little girl was very happy to witness it. Tips when visiting: wear...More

Thank Tamish B
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Lovely for family, especially children get to see most of the animals etc. Quite obvious that over the years funds could be the issue as the place doesn't have much improvements. Need to neaten up the place in order to attract foreign visitors. Animals are...More

Thank Ralph P
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Very affordable and easy to locate while driving. Entrance fee is 60ZAR per person. Great wildlife view, animals are secured with large protective cages. Best time to visit is in the mornings when the sun is down. Buy rabbit meals for R10 and you get...More

1  Thank echekwumemchukwub
Reviewed 9 May 2017

My sister in law recently visited the zoo with her family. A loose concrete picnic table fell on her right foot, fracturing all five toes on her foot. Theres a possibility that a toe may have to be removed!!!!! Please people be careful as its...More

Thank fawzia202
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Very depressing. Bengal tigers cooped in TINY CAGES. Orangutan so stressed. Dirty water everywhere for animals to drink. No water to bathe for tigers. Shocking and so sad. This zoo should be closed!!!!

1  Thank Tracey T
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Its okish.... We really enjoyed more of the bird side of the zoo. That had made the trip worth it. It was just too hot and the animals looked hot too. Half dead basically. I would imagine on a cooler day they would be very...More

Thank Sburgin
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I am not a fan of caged animals, however made a trip with our Grandson. He loves animals and enjoyed his day out. Particularly enjoyed the big cats and the parrots. Also was able to see a rhino at close distance. The Orangutan was looking...More

Thank Sewpersads
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We had made a weekend out of it and planned to visit the Lion Park and were pleasantly surprised when we were told by the pancake man that there was a zoo right next door! So we thought we'd give it a try. On arrival...More

1  Thank Kelly S
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