National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
Commonly known as the Pretoria Zoo, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is regarded as one of the leading zoos in the world; it is the largest zoo in South Africa and the only one with national status. Tickets include a visit to the zoo, an aquarium and a reptile park. The Pretoria Zoo boasts 209 mammal species, 202 bird species, 190 fish species, four invertebrate species and 93 reptile species. The zoo is known for its large enclosures and animals include cheetahs, chimps, lemurs, leopards, rhinos, hippos, elephants, red pandas, koala bears, lions and tigers. Golf carts and children's pushcarts are available for rent and there is even a Zoo Choo-Choo Tractor Train for the kids to enjoy. The cable car, which runs up a hill and offers great views over the city, is one of the highlights. For the hungry there is a restaurant, a cafeteria with a wide variety of take-away options, a few snack kiosks, and numerous pretty picnic sites where you can relax in the shade; some picnic sites even have barbeque facilities. There are a variety of tour options at the zoo and those who want to take something away with them can try the curio shop for souvenirs.
Address: 232 Boom St
Telephone: (012) 328 3265
Opening times: Open daily from 8.30 to 5.30pm. Last tickets sold at 4.30pm.
Admission: R66 (adults); R44 (children).