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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

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Address: 232 Boom Street, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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+27 12 328 3265
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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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We went to the Zoo with my daughter during the school holidays. There is safe and secure parking right in front of the zoo for R25 Overall the Zoo looks ok but it could be a lot... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
cpavlou84
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The worst. The Zoo isn't up to standard and the animals look so "unhappy" If there was a petition to shut down the zoo, I'd do it. I have also spoken to a few people about this and they feel the same.

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Thank arnold510
Pretoria, South Africa
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the Zoo with my daughter during the school holidays. There is safe and secure parking right in front of the zoo for R25 Overall the Zoo looks ok but it could be a lot better. The animals look healthy and looked after wishing I was really relieved about. But so areas of the Zoo needs some renovations.... More 

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1 Thank cpavlou84
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bird courses are presented at the Pretoria Zoo by experts in that field. The theory as well as practical parts can being done on the same site. Very good idea to attend these courses if you decide to make birding a hobby.

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Thank Friedel W
Pretoria, South Africa
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall the facility needs TLC. Some sections are well cared for but regrettably others are in desperate need for repairs. Animals are well cared for. Information on animals are limited. A large number of enclosures are empty. The experience is average.

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Thank AfricaLinx
Rivonia, Gauteng, South Africa
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not as good as it was, but still fantastic The cable car is a great way to get to the top of the kopie above the lion enclosure,then walk down the side and amble around all the various animal enclosures. The giant fig mentioned below is certainly a wondrous sight. I do not support the concept of a zoo, it... More 

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1 Thank KelvinZulu
Pretoria, South Africa
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Years ago it was one of the great zoos in the world, but the last time I have visited the neglect of the grounds and the animals broke my heart and many empty cages.

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Thank Awethu_International
Pretoria
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Zoo with all it's different animals are good. Weekends is very busy. Surroundings are not safe. Be very careful when visiting the Zoo.

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Thank AntPta
South Africa
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116 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Zoo Giant is not a animal, but a tree. My main goal was to see the declared Champion tree at the zoo. This Moreton Bay fig tree is situated just inside the entrance gates. With a height of 27 meters, and a crown of just over 40 meters, it is the second largest of its kind in South Africa.... More 

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1 Thank Shaun S
Vancouver, Canada
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

nice park with lots of animals, very well taken care of, has quality exhibits and good animal selection, too bad it is located in a terrible part of town, take a cab to get there as it is unsafe to walk there from the downtown area.

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Thank Jean G
Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Absolutely amazing - for the whole family. Make a big picnic basket. Be at the entrance gate at 08h00 sharp. Pick up a big golf cart. Load up & first do the top part of the Zoo with the golf cart. When top is done ( the bears/Koala bear/Lions/Tigers/some antelope/and more) - drive down to picnic area & park -... More 

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