The National Zoological Gardens, more commonly known as the Pretoria Zoo, is the largest zoo in South Africa and the only one which has a national status. It is also rated as one of the top zoos in the world.
The zoo was established in 1899 but only officially became the National Zoo in 1916, and now hosts in excess of 600 000 visitors every year.
Contact Pretoria Zoo :
Physical Address: 232 Boom St, Box 754, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
Telephone: 012 328 3265
It is no longer just a collection of rare and unusual caged animals, but rather plays a vital part in the conservation of threatened species. The Pretoria zoo is also a well respected research facility and is famous for its successful breeding programmes.
There is a lot of importance placed on providing the animals with a natural environment to live in, and for this reason, a large number of enclosures have been revamped or modernised in recent years. Some special enclosures include a large walk-through aviary and a specially air-conditioned Australia section. The zoo also has the largest inland aquarium in the country, a large reptile park.
There are many ways to get around the zoo. For those who don't feel like walking the 6km of walkways that meander through the zoo, there are golf carts and children's pushcars for hire. A 7 minute cable car ride is also available which takes visitors up to the top of the mountain and provides a beautiful view over both the zoo and the city.
There are also many children's rides on offer, including a zoo train.
Restaurants and kiosks are scattered around the zoo to provide refreshments, and braai and picnic facilities are also available.
If you feel like a fun-filled family day, head on down to the National Zoological Gardens, they're open 7 days a week, 365 days a year!