GPS co-ordinates: S25°44.349’ E028°11.329’
We are situated on the Corner of Boom Street and Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria, South Africa.
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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.
Please read the the Terms and conditions of entry.
The cafeteria has a wide variety of delicious take-aways and four kiosks offer snacks. The restaurant also provides sit down meals. There are numerous picnic spots located throughout the Zoo where you can relax in the shade of giant trees.
Braai facilities are available at the picnic area located next to the Apies River.
Ample, secure parking is available opposite and at the main entrance of the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and on the corner of Paul Kruger and Boom Streets.
Security staff are on duty at all parking facilities for your peace of mind.
Parking fees are R25 per vehicle.
Golf carts are available for rent at R100 per hour or R190 for two hours.
The golf carts are operated by a contracted concessionaire. There are limited number of golf carts available and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
No pre-bookings can be made.
A valid driver’s license is required.
Children's pushcarts are available for rent at a cost of R60 for a single-seater for the day and R80 for a double-seater for the day.
The Zoo Choo-Choo Train takes you on rides through parts of the Zoo.
Rides will now cost R 5.00.
A hit at fairs, try your nerves on the Big Wheel!
Rides will now cost R 4.00.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CABLEWAY WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 NOVEMBER 2016 FOR APPROX. 3 WEEKS FOR MAINTENANCE.
The cableway operates from 10:00 - 16:15, Monday to Sunday. Ticket prices:
Adults: R25 (one-way), R35 (return)
Children: R20 (one-way), R25 (return)
School groups: R20
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Due to essential maintenance the cable car may open late or remain closed on Mondays. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Most areas and restrooms are accessible to people in wheelchairs.
Security personnel are on duty 24 hours a day for your convenience.
How to find the NZG in Pretoria
These are some of the National Zoo's focus animals! Click on a picture to learn more about the beautiful animals housed here.
The African penguin, also known as the jackass penguin and black-footed penguin, is an penguin species confined to southern African waters. It is also widely known as the "jackass" penguin for its donkey-like bray.
Penguins can't fly, instead they use their flippers to propel themselves through the water. The African Penguin is rated as Endangered by the IUCN.Birds
The African Elephant is the largest land mammal alive. Elephants don't have sweat glands in their skins, so they use their ears to keep cool.
Their beautiful tusks are actually oversized teeth (incisors)! The IUCN rates the African Elephant as Vulnerable.
The Cape Vulture only starts breeding at 7 years of age! They don't catch their own food, but are scavengers.
Cape Vultures' wing spans can reach 2.57m! They are listed by the IUCN as Endangered.Birds
Southern Ground Hornbills are co-operative breeders. This means each breeding pair is assisted by at least two more birds.
Although Southern Ground Hornbills can fly, they spend most of their time on the ground. They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Birds
Black Rhinoceros are the fastest rhino species. They feed on trees and bushes and have a pointed upper lip.
Black Rhinos can't see very well, but rely on their sense of hearing and smell. The IUCN lists them as Critically endangered.
The Western Lowland Gorilla is the smallest subspecies of gorilla. Troops are led by one dominant male.
Western Lowland Gorillas are endemic to central Africa. They are Critically Endangered according to the IUCN.
Did you know both male and female lions roar? Female lions are the primary hunters in a pride of lions.
They are the only member of the cat family that is social. Lions are listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable.
The Pygmy Hippopotamus or pygmy hippo can only be found in West Africa! Unlike Common Hippos, the Pygmy Hippo is not social and is a largely solitary animal.
Pygmy hippos will also spend more time on land than in the water! They're listed as Endangered by the IUCN.
Learn more about the zoo, read our e-Newsletter, look at our educational programs, learn more about the animals we house as well as our research programs, and the venues at the NZG.
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The National Zoo runs various programmes emphasising the value of a healthy environment to build a prosperous South Africa.
Learn more about the amazing variety of species that the NZG houses.
Research at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, can offer South Africa, Africa and the international research community a unique infrastructure to facilitate, co-ordinate and conduct world class research.
You don't have to drive all the way to a game reserve to have a meal in the wild. You can do it here in the middle of the city! The National Zoo in Pretoria has its own unique venues with interesting menus to choose from.
You can join our conservation efforts in the following ways...
Have you ever wanted to own your very own wild animal? Well here is your chance - adopt an animal of your choice at the NZG and be their proud parent for a year.
Fun Walks are held every third Saturday of the month. The distance is approximately 5km and is suitable for ALL ages. The entrance fee includes a medal. Gates open at 6am.
The ZooClub promises to ... inspire you by providing you with exciting, hands-on science activities; improve your science performance and skills; give you a supportive environment that encourages your intellectual development; and encourage you to choose Life Science as a career path.
Every holiday the Zoo hosts a variety of interesting activities. Have a look here for the best way to spend your holiday!