Established in 1899 and declared the national zoo in 1916 this is the story of the remarkable national zoological gardens situated in Pretoria South Africa. This nature reserve institution is the largest zoo in South Africa and the only one carrying a national status. It is situated at 232 Boom St, Box 745, Pretoria, 0001 and its telephone numbers are as follow s 0123283265. This tourist attraction is open 7 days a week for 365 days of the year.

This reserves have been declared/announced as one of the best and top zoos in the world and continues to attract around 600 000 visitors each year. This venue is well suited for family outings, school/elementary trips, private and personal visits.

This reserve is also renowned for its programme which focuses on the conservation of threatened species. The area has been modernised with befitting structures and enclosures which ensure both the well being and safety of the guests and animals sheltered in the area thus creating a natural feeling.

To further emphasize the detail in the zoo it’s the large walk through aviary and the inland aquarium which stands as the largest reptile park in the whole country. The zoo is also a leading institution when it comes to breeding programmes continuing to demonstrate the balance in the structure and management within the haven for the wild life which consider the venue as its second home from its actual home.

Various activities and areas can be visited and enjoyed within the zoological gardens including children rides which are popular with young guest visiting this reserve. The zoo train is also popular with the guest taking you on a special tour of the area. The’re various resturants and kiosks scattered around the venue where guest/visitors can buy refreshments and deliciously prepared meals to devour.

For those braai masters who cant spend a day without having their piece of meat and eat it you will be pleased to know that the are special braai areas. Family’s and guest of the zoo can also spoil themselves to a picnic within the area to enjoy that out-door and chilling vibe of a wild-life reserve right beside you. So in simple terms this is a fusion of the wild and elegent and theres no natural reason why you cant visit this beautiful place especialy during the festives like this ones.



The Zoo is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Tickets are sold from 08:30 to 16:30 daily and the Zoo closes at 17:30.



The entrance fee includes a visit to the Aquarium and Reptile Park, as well as the Zoo.

Adults: R66

Children (2-15): R44

Organised school groups: R28 (Monday to Wednesday)

Organised school groups: R40 (Thursday and Friday)

School tariffs are not applicable during the school holidays, public holidays or weekends.


There will be a tariff increase from the 1st of December

Adults: R75

Children (2-15): R50

Organised school groups: R32 (Monday to Wednesday)

Organised school groups: R45 (Thursday and Friday)


By: M.D.B


Edited By: M.D.B

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