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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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+27 11 646 2000
08:30 - 17:00
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Johannesburg Zoo Half-Day Guided Tour
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Beautiful and well maintained

Excellent park-like grounds and a great place for a family stroll - The animals are a bonus. Fantastic new lion facility, great variety of interesting beasts - And a night tour... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Ken H
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Amman, Jordan
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63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Honestly, it was not worth the visit. Not very interesting. We went in the afternoon and all refreshment or ice cream shops and cafe's were closed! The way around the zoo is not very organised, you end up asking visitors. Some of the animal were just tired and seemed very old. Maybe basing my review upon a safari trip, however... More 

Thank Saad T
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Excellent park-like grounds and a great place for a family stroll - The animals are a bonus. Fantastic new lion facility, great variety of interesting beasts - And a night tour for those interested in the nocturnal side. Building new parking facilities now which will ease the weekend congestion.

Thank Ken H
Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

we always have our grandchildren for weekends, whenever they vivit us, we take them to various places of interest in Johannesburg. The Zoo is always a treat. We enjoy watching the animals. This is entertaining, educational and fun

Thank 175joany
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Must visit with family - is a great place and huge - great outing for kids and families and there is loads of historical buildings around - BUT you must ask around to find info - big place recommended - must visit while in Joburg

Thank Anthony M
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6 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

My family and I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the PTA Zoo. It needs some TLC and a map given at the entrance to guests aswell as golf cart hires.

Thank Mishka N
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

It's a big space requiring long walks. It's not always clean. Not well stocked. Lots of empty spaces and cages. Animals don't all seem humainly cared for. Bit confusing to walk around.

Thank Bevan E
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

There's a lot of wild animals to see. I normally go in the morning and back later in the afternoon. I have been to some zoos in Europe but this one is exceptionally a must to see.

Thank Be B
Milan, Italy
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1 333 reviews
338 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 435 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

maybe biased by all the game drives and safari, i find this overall quite uninteresting , both in terms of upkeep, content , nd when comparing it to other worldwide top zoos. unless a visitor has really a lot of time at hand, no problem in skipping this

Thank nicolas s
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12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Lovely zoo, great for a family day out and getting to know the different species found mostly in South Africa, however I wish some of the enclosures were bigger for example the lions.

2 Thank Heather T
Centurion, South Africa
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30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

What more can be said. It is a very well kept Zoo with lots and lots of animals, not just in quantity but also variety. One down side for me was that I found the sign posts inadequate. It was a bit hard to see if a path was going to another area or a dead end. I also had... More 

Thank MariusJacobs

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