National Zoological Gardens

The Pretoria Zoo was established in 1899 and is the only zoo in South Africa with National Status and is rated as one of the top zoos in the world, attracting hundreds and thousands of local and international visitors annually.

The 80-hectare Zoo in Pretoria houses 2586 specimens of 126 mammal species, 1425 specimens of 158 bird species, 4189 specimens of 283 fish species, 235 specimens of 21 invertebrate species, 447 specimens of 90 reptile species, and 29 specimens of 4 amphibian species.

The total length of the walkways in the Zoo in Pretoria is approximately 6km.

An Aquarium and Reptile Park also form part of the Zoo facility in Pretoria. The Aquarium is the largest inland marine aquarium in the country.

The third largest collection of exotic trees can be found at the Zoo.

Most areas and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. The security staff are on duty 24 hours for your convenience.

There is a restaurant situated centrally in the Zoo, which serves meals and snacks. Various kiosks in the Zoo sell light refreshments such as cold drinks and chips.

The Zoovenir Shop has something special to take home of those who weren't able to visit the Zoo.

There are numerous picnic spots were you can enjoy a rest in the shade of giant trees. Braai facilities are available at the picnic spot next to the Apies River. The Zoo Choo-Choo Tractor Train takes you on rides through parts of the Zoo.

A cable-car ride provides you with a panoramic view of the Zoo and surrounding city.

The Zoo also offer exciting tours:
* Aquarium tours - explore the fascinating world of underwater life by attending an evening tour through the National Zoological Gardens aquarium.

* Night tours - treat your family to an exciting adventure. Go on a night tour and explore the fascinating world of our nocturnal animals.

Corner of Paul Kruger and Boom Streets, Pretoria Central
The Zoo is open 7 days a week from 8:00 to 17:30 daily.

Ample, secure parking is available opposite and at the main entrance of the National Zoological Gardens. Security staff are on duty at all parking facilities for your peace of mind.

Golf carts and childrens pushcarts are available for rent.

Parks & Gardens
Other Pretoria Parks & Gardens provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy nature.

Where to Stay
Accommodation in Greater Tswane-Pretoria Area are found in the cities of:
* Pretoria with suburbs such as Arcadia, Brooklyn, Garsfontein, Hatfield, Lynnwood and Silver Lakes.
* Centurion with suburbs such as Centurion Central, Clubview, Eldoraigne and Irene.

Points of interest close to National Zoological Gardens:


Pretoria Urology Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)12423400
Weskoppies Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)12 319 9500
Life Eugene Marais Hospital

Results of ongoing patient satisfaction surveys tell us that a stay at Life Eugene Marais Hospital reflects the high standards of health and care we set out to deliver.

Tel: +27 (0)123342777
1 Military Hospital

The main Military Hospital in South Africa.

Life Wilgers Hospital

At Life Wilgers Hospital our priority is to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients.

Tel: +27 (0)128078100
Louis Pasteur Private Hospital

Louis Pasteur Private Hospital offers a variety of exceptional and specialized medical services.

Tel: +27 (0)123366000
Mediclinic Medforum

Mediclinic Medforum, a multidisciplinary medical facility, is conveniently situated close to all main access routes to the Pretoria city centre.

Tel: +27 (0)123176700
Netcare Femina Hospital

Netcare Femina Hospital is a Centre of Medical Excellence that focuses primarily on the needs of women and their children.

Tel: +27 (0)123041700
Steve Biko Pretoria Academic Hospital

The Steve Biko Academic Hospital (formally Pretoria Academic Hospital) is a tertiary healthcare institution, rendering specialized and highly specialized services

Tel: +27 (0)12 354 1000
Denmar Psychiatric Hospital

Denmar Specialist Psychiatric Hospital was the first private psychiatric clinic in Pretoria. It has grown into a 170-bed hospital with an ECT theatre and Day clinic facilities.

Tel: +27 (0)12 993 2015 or 6
Mediclinic Kloof

Mediclinic Kloof is conveniently situated within easy reach of the N1. The hospital offers a broad spectrum of professional medical services.

Tel: +27 12 367 4000
Pretoria Eye Institute

Pretoria Eye Institute was Africa's first private eye hospital and takes pride in its dedicated, specially trained staff, advanced state-of-the-art equipment and highly qualified team of experienced ophthalmologists.

Tel: +27 12 427 0000
Netcare Montana Hospital

Netcare Montana Hospital is proudly an up-market registered 162 Beds facility, committed to the delivering of the highest possible quality service

Tel: +27 12 523-3000
Netcare Akasia Hospital

Netcare Akasia Hospital is proud to have grown to a 162 bed facility with a new state of the art ICU and Surgical ward which opened recently.

Tel: +27 12 522 1053
Netcare Pretoria East Hospital

Set in spacious grounds to the east of Pretoria, Netcare Pretoria East Hospital is a flagship and ultra-modern facility.

Tel: 012 422 2300
Life Faerie Glen Hospital

Life Faerie Glen Hospital subscribes to Life Healthcare values that we believe are important to us in achieving our Vision and Mission

Tel: 012 369 5600
Netcare Moot Hospital

Netcare Moot Hospital offers a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for patients recovering from medical treatments as well as surgical procedures.

Tel: +27 (0)123308200
Pretoria West Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)12 380 1200
Netcare Akasia Hospital

Netcare Akasia Hospital is proud to have grown to a 162 bed facility with a new state of the art ICU and Surgical ward which opened recently.

Tel: +27 (0)125221000
Mediclinic Heart Hospital

Mediclinic Heart Hospital takes pride in the fact that we were the first, and still are, the only hospital of its kind

Tel: +27 12 440 0200
Zuid-Afrikaans Hospitaal

Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital is a general, non-profit, independent hospital with a commitment to our fellow-men to provide high-quality patient care.

Tel: 012 343 0300 /1-8
Little Company Of Mary Hospital

At Life Little Company of Mary Hospital our priority is to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients.

Tel: 012 424 3600
Netcare Jakaranda Hospital

Netcare Jakaranda Hospital is known as the country hospital in the city. The hospital has an active kidney transplant programme and offers world class renal dialysis and care.

Tel: +27 (0)124216700
Mamelodi Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)12 841 8300 / 1
Mediclinic Muelmed

Mediclinic Muelmed offers patients a broad spectrum of professional medical services and has the only private HIV Clinic in Pretoria

Tel: +27 12 440 0600

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Loftus Versfeld Stadium with a seating capacity of 51,762 is located in Hatfield Pretoria and home ground of the Bulls rugby franchise.

Tel: +27 12 420 0700

Air Force Base Swartkop

Air Force Base Swartkop is managed as part of AFB Waterkloof and houses one of the three branches of the South African Air Force Museum.


Tshwane Events Centre

Tshwane Events Centre has the capacity, versatility and capability to host any national or international event from 10 to 10 000 guests

Tel: +27(0)12 327 1487
Universities & Colleges

University Of South Africa

University Of South Africa is Africa's leading open distance learning institution.

Tel: +27 (0)124293111
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

Tshwane University of Technology has campuses located in Tshwane (Pretoria), Nelspruit, eMalahleni (Witbank) and Polokwane

Tel: 086 110 2421

Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies)

Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) is a public high school for boys and well known for its high academic standards, sports achievements, heritage and traditions

Tel: 012-3443805/6/7
Hoërskool Garsfontein

Garsfontein High School aims to provide learners with an opportunity to academic, sporting and cultural achievements

Tel: +27 12 998 6096
Pretoria Boys High School

Pretoria Boys High is one of the oldest schools in the Gauteng and with around 1500 pupils, it is the largest boys' school in South Africa

Tel: +27 12 460 2246
Hoërskool Waterkloof

Waterkloof High School is one of the top schools in Pretoria and has been awarded school of the year for three years running

Tel: 012 347 0277/8
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