Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park
3.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.


3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles24 reviews
Excellent
6
Very good
10
Average
3
Poor
4
Terrible
1

Andrew_Durban460
Durban, South Africa810 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Up the hill from the CBD not far from Hilton. Safe feel with ample parking. Sat and watched the zebra in our car from 10m away. Braai areas and walking trails which we didn't try. Just lovely to escape away from the hustle and bustle into nature.
Written 11 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ravesh
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
Sorrounded by large trees and lots of wide open spaces. Small but, has many nooks and crannies for wonderful family picnics. Have been visiting the park when I was little with my parents and now still visit regularly with my wife and daughters.
Written 29 July 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jim D
Kinsale, Ireland240 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Once upon a time there was a Parks Board in Natal, often underfunded, sometimes resented, but always staffed by dedicated people devoted to wildlife and nature. They managed a growing number of reserves in the province, many on a shoestring, offering only basics in terms of facilities, but one thing you could be sure of: whatever they managed would be protected, maintained, polished, cleaned and fixed with an almost manic attention to detail. For headquarters they had this park, which is set in the green hills rising above the once-gracious provincial capital. Here, in the 50s and 60s, a modern administrative centre was built, and around it, roads into the bush were paved, picnic spots were set up and interactive facilities installed. An auditorium was installed and species introduced to add to the game already there. There was a rhino enclosure, and some other animals were on live display. My grandmother would take us for picnics there, and school would take us for educational tours and films in the auditorium. Parks Board staff, many of whom I got to know over the years, had a fierce devotion to their task. But that was then; what about now? Well, I think if they could return, there are many things here which would horrify them, as would the state of many of the parks. Under time-serving cadre deployment in what has been renamed Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the roads have become potholed, the headquarters building needs a proper sprucing up, everything painted needs re-painting and the once-pristine bush is dotted with invader plants like lantana and bugweed. There is little sense of pride in the management of the surroundings, or indeed KZN's parks in general. If this is how they look after HQ, how well can they be managing the distant reserves? Departed old-timers would be ashamed to be associated with the sense of decay and general lack of care and attention to detail.
On the positive side, if you never knew it in its heyday, it's a nice enough place to go for a day out. The picnic sites and trails are marked and mowed and if you can handle the less-than-perfectly maintained toilet facilities a family picnic here can still be fun.
Written 16 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gareth P
Wartburg, South Africa18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Considering this is the Ezemvelo headquarters you would think the park would be well kept. The picnic sites had litter lying all over and bins overflowing with rubbish. The invasive species in the park are terrible and almost beyond control now. The paths were maintained well though. It's terrible to see the old Natal Parks Boards hard work being unraveled by EKZNW.
Written 13 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Chris Botton
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Ideal park for a braai or a picnic. Zebras, smaller buck species, birds and vervets abound. Well maintained (take your own toilet paper) and secure facility. Well worth a visit.
Written 21 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lady_Tam
Brisbane Region, Australia93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
I always enjoy a visit to Queen Elizabeth Park when I'm visiting Pietermaritzburg. It's peaceful, and quiet. While it hasn't had rhino for about 20 years (maybe more!) its still a thrill to see the zebra's and rooibok.

It's great in the early mornings for misty walks when the sun is coming up and the animals are just waking. It's also perfect for romantic picnics and family days out.
Written 27 January 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dale H
Bunbury, Australia9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012
A few buck, a zebra or two and plenty of monkeys. Pleasant if you are a local but not worth a special visit.
Written 24 July 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Yadah K
Dublin, Ireland125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
I was so pleasantly surprised with this mini nature reserve right on our doorstep! Paved hiking trails, tarred road to drive through, braai and picnic facilities with beautiful trees and shrubs in which zebras and other buck roam. Definitely a place for families, couples and those who want to get fit in arriving scenery :)
Written 28 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MoeketsiTsotetsi
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Tranquil and quite natural attraction, beautiful spot for families/couples/friends. Good for animal viewing and hiking as well.
Written 21 January 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

294jenny
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is a delightful place for a family to picnic and enjoy nature. The paths were well cleared when we were there and the picnic areas clean and tidy. We saw zebra and buck and enjoyed being at one with nature.
Written 20 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 24
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All Pietermaritzburg HotelsPietermaritzburg Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Pietermaritzburg
All things to do in Pietermaritzburg
Day Trips in Pietermaritzburg
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire