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Johannesburg Zoo

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Address: Upper Park Road near Jan Smuts, Johannesburg 2122, South Africa
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Johannesburg Zoo Half-Day Guided Tour
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Beautiful escape, in the middle of a city!

Johannesburg Zoo is a breathtaking expanse of lush green landscape, manicured gardens, spacious animal enclosures and an overall sense of connection to nature. The bird sanctuary... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with my 17 year old son. Once inside you can see they don't care about the animals. Many on the enclosures were empty or shut and if looking for the animals , the vegetation was so over grown you could not find them. Many of the signs were broken or missing, the area by the lions needs some paint... More 

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Thank Roche70
Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A zoo dedicated to the accommodation, husbandry, and medical care of wild animals, and houses about 2000 individuals of 320 species.

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Thank hikwam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Johannesburg Zoo is a breathtaking expanse of lush green landscape, manicured gardens, spacious animal enclosures and an overall sense of connection to nature. The bird sanctuary is amazing, as are the "up close and almost personal" encounters with African wildlife, including lions, elephants and giraffe. Perhaps it's the roomy animal homes that make it feel like one isn't in a... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My children still get very excited about coming to the Joburg Zoo. There is s wide variety of animals big and small. I used to believe that this was the best zoo in the country until we got invited to a kiddies party in Pretoria Zoo and we were wow'd! Everything seems bigger and better in the Pta Zoo. I... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easter Weekend and lots to do in Johannesburg. We opted to go to the Zoo. Firstly, it was supposed to be a meet up with may other youngsters from church! So be warned! I did not research enough and found to my chagrin that the parking lot was not yet complete. I was accosted and charged R50 for parking on... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took my children (7,5, and 3) to the Johannesburg Zoo expecting to meet with a dilapidated facility after hearing feedback from several people. Much to our surprise, the Zoo was fairly well maintained and animals look healthy. We were also pleasantly surprised at the variety of species available to the public. Food offerings were scarce and... More 

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Thank Khalil H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Zoo is average at best, but it seems like they are renovating. We had to park at the back of the zoo and the, very used, buggies for small kids where located at the front of the zoo. The exhibits are clean, but there where a few empty ones when we visited. It is probably worth a visit with... More 

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Thank Joubert R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is both depressing and uplifting. This organization and layout of the museum is easy to use. The pictures and videos are graphic, informative and gripping. The stories are gut wrenching. No photos are allowed which is too bad because many of the quotes are worth deeper thought. A must-see.

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Thank ZAsb2017
South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great for an outing with young kids. You can plan out your route and take small stops along the way if the kids get tired. I do think the zoo needs a bit if a revamp though, none the less it was a great outing

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Thank Bongie K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The zoo is always a fun time with kids. Although they are currently under construction so they can upgrade their facilities, it's still impossible to drag your kids away from the zoo.

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