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Johannesburg Zoo

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Upper Park Road near Jan Smuts, Johannesburg 2122, South Africa
+27 11 646 2000
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 30 August 2006

My first view of the "big 5" here in South Africa. It's a decent zoo, but this is lots of construction going on right now. Should be more exciting when it's finished. Hike along the paths to see the lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants, monkes... and...More

3  Thank pdajunkee
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

Travel advisory just save your money. This zoo is seriously depleted of basic sanitation and maintenance needs. There were many more empty cages or enclosures than those with animals. I walked here from my hotel .4 mile, and that also was an eye opener. All...More

5  Thank george60898
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really appreciated the visit..so many animals in this huge zoo. We missed our family pic taken earlier but we left with good memories.

Thank ElizabethAnnabelle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great day at this zoo. Animal enclosures were animal friendly and we could get close to rhinos and giraffes which was a pleasure. It's a good place to take a picnic as it is laid out with plenty of benches. The hop off...More

Thank Ilovetravel1967
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although this isn't the best zoo I've been too, we still enjoyed our day out. Wish we had been more prepared and brought a picnic as there are some lovely spots to eat at. We ate at the restaurant and it was nice, nothing special...More

Thank smudgemommy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although some of the animals are looking a little tired and some of the enclosures are sadly just sitting empty, we thoroughly enjoyed our day here. We had visited the Pretoria zoo a week earlier and definitely found Joburg a better experience. The multi-parking structure...More

Thank basleyclaire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a family day, with so much to do you can literally spend the whole day there, the animals of the amazon were a highlight for the adults

Thank Londeka Z
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

A good and big zoo. Animals are in quite large areas. Almost every type of animal can be seen. There are fast food offers and a small park for the kids. Recommended for a nice day with family.

Thank Eren G
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Amazing experience !! One of the best Johannesburg has to offer. This is a fantastic way to spend the day with lots to see and do. Easy to get around if you hire a golf cart so less walking as it get can tiring.

1  Thank dcollopen
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We truly enjoyed this very large zoo. It is centrally located in Johannesburg and of course they have refreshments so you can spend the day there or at least half the day. It is well laid out and you won’t miss anything from the different...More

Thank therealsouthafrica
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Having given my soon to be 13 year old the option of venues and outings for the day, we eventually settled on the Zoo. Finding the Zoo, parking and entrance was all simple and straight forward, obtaining a map of the zoo, positions and where...More

Thank 881jillianl
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Johannesburg Zoo is so central and can be a easy day visit for overseas travelers that does not have the time to travel far to see the wonderful animals Africa have to offer, however the rubbish is everywhere is there not enough bins or enough...More

Thank AmandaA4999
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Charles M
19 July 2018|
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Response from Totalpost | Reviewed this property |
Answered by previous comments and apologies but I have been travelling so not on-line for a short while. regards
Ruth M
3 January 2018|
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Response from BrettH1756 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Ruth Just called to find out for you - there do NOT have the golf cart tours available anymore but do have wheelchairs for hire (R100 per day). Hope this helps.
Gustavo U
17 August 2017|
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Response from Maruchia | Reviewed this property |
No, not possible. To interact with baby lions you should go to Lion Park.