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Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo Review

Smaller than its Pretoria counterpart but no less impressive, the city's zoo makes for a pleasant day trip, and with plenty of lawns and shade, it's a good place to picnic. The large variety of species (more than 250) includes rare white lions and highly endangered red pandas. The polar bear enclosure has a viewing tunnel where you can see the bears cavorting underwater (the zoo has the only polar bears in Africa). Perhaps the best way to see the zoo is to rent a golf buggy for about R120 per hour, as it's so large that walking around it can be very tiring. (Get there early on a weekend to reserve a buggy.) Afterward, stroll past Zoo Lake in the large, peaceful park across the road.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Opposite Zoo Lake, Jan Smuts Ave., Parkview, Johannesburg, 2193 | Map It
  • Phone: 011/646–2000
  • Cost: R41
  • Hours: Daily 8:30–5:30
  • Website:
  • Location: Northern Suburbs

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