The recent heavy rains had rendered the zoo a lush and beautiful garden - if rather overgrown in places - in which to wander and enjoy close-up views of animals and birds from near and far.
Not having been to the zoo for many years, I found the cages and enclosures to be vastly improved since my childhood excursions in the 1960's, and later with my own children during the 1990's.
The closure of the old open parking area came as a surprise, and we had difficulty finding the entrance to the temporary car park, while a new multi-storyed parkade is under construction. it was poorly sign-posted in Erlswold Way.
There were several kiosks, at one of which we made a small purchase, and for which the salesperson had insufficient ready cash change.This had to be sourced from another kiosk further down the road. This aspect calls for better organisation, as it would not make a good impression on overseas visitors.
Overall, as marvelous and beautiful place as ever.
Do visit the Johannesburg Zoo when next in Gauteng!
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