Experience the Big 5 in the heart of the city at Joburg Zoo

No need for Joburgers to drive far to see wild animals, they’re closer than you think at the Joburg Zoo.

Over 300 Species and 2000 Animals at the Joburg Zoo

The Joburg Zoo has a huge variety of endangered and threatened animals, birds, reptiles and rare species which stretches across 55 hectares under a dense tree canopy and remains the most loved family outing for young and old.

Among the awesome experiences awaiting you and your family are:

The Big Five  

Animals of the Amazon

Day and Night Tours

Zoo Snooze

Adopt an Animal


Entrance Fees and opening times

Covid – 19 precautions

The Big 5 at the Joburg Zoo 

Visit Joburg Zoo to find lion, leopard, rhino, African elephant and African buffalo up close, knowing that the Zoo is internationally accredited and maintains a high standard of animal welfare and ethical conduct to safeguard the well-being of all its animals in its care.

The Animals of the Amazon at the Joburg Zoo.

Wander down darkened tunnels in this newly opened exhibition centre to find gigantic yellow anacondas, Amazon tree boa constrictors, Honduras milk snakes, curly-haired tarantulas, green iguanas, moustached emperor tamarin monkeys and poison dart frogs.  It also has a walk-through aquarium with  many red-data species. 

This is the 6th themed section at the zoo. Others include:  Animals of Africa; The Heart of Africa; Southern Safari;Extreme Environments, which showcases animals living in extreme temperatures; the Farm Yard; and the Spice Route. There’s something for everyone!

joburg Zoo animals from the amazon

Day and Night Tours

The Zoo offers day and night tours that will take you on a special adventure you’ll never forget! Packed with information, these are fun ways to get to know the animals. 

Ferry Tour

This is a 90 minute tour on a ferry which stops at 5 main animal complexes. The tour guide treats three of the many animals with a snack. This tour is a hit with birthday parties! Bring your picnic baskets for lunch on one of our many beautifully manicured lawns.
( Currently closed due to Covid)

Behind the Scenes tour

Go where only the staff get to go! This walking tour includes 2 animal night rooms, the kitchen and hospital. You get to see how the zoo runs while getting close to some of our wild animals!

Night Tour

Visit the zoo at night and explore the zoo’s active nightlife.
The Joburg Zoo offers 3 types of night tours:
Sunset tour (4pm – 6:30pm)
Moonlight tour (5:15pm – 8pm)
Night tour (6:15pm – 9pm)

Zoo Snooze

Come rough-it on an overnight campout at Johannesburg Zoo. Get treated to  Behind – the- Scenes and Night Tour ending off with a bonfire. Times: Saturday 2:30pm – Sunday 8am. Booking is essential.

Adopt an Animal

Add a wild new branch to your family tree! Adopt your favourite animal through the Adopt an Animal programme. Your symbolic adoption supports the Zoo’s animal welfare, housing & enrichment. Minimum contribution is R300.

The program also allows you to gift the adoption to family and friends – a special way to support the Zoo and interact with the animals they are crazy about! 

Opening times & Entrance Fees:

9am – 5.30pm, with last entry at 4pm incl weekends & public holidays

Entrance Fees: 

Adults R110,
Kids R65,
Under 3yrs FREE ,
Pensioners R65

Sign up for the year

Click here for  further details about rates for school groups, birthday parties, venue hire, the restaurant, parking info and more. etc.

 Covid-19 Update for Joburg Zoo

In an effort to keep you and our animals safe, here are a few things to consider:
– Face masks to be worn at all times.
– Please bring your own sanitisers and cloths/wipes.
– Practice social distancing and do not mix with people outside your family/group.
– Use of the gym and playground is prohibited.
– Picnicking is allowed for groups of 10 people or less.
– The zoo ferries will not be operational.
– Normal zoo rules still apply. Refrain from touching surfaces and please do not feed the animals.

For more information :

Stay updated with events and more. Visit the Joburg Zoo on:







Jozikids is a comprehensive directory for kids and families in Gauteng. Browse our categories which include a wide range of exciting places, products and services such as family day trips, holiday activities, party venues, schools, extra murals, transport services and more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sponsored | Advertise here

  • Code College
Related Posts

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Stay updated, subscribe to the free Jozikids newsletter for parents in Gauteng.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously. Unsubscribe anytime.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Stay updated, subscribe to the free Jozikids newsletter for parents in Gauteng.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously. Unsubscribe anytime.
Send this to a friend