Zoos, Animal Sanctuaries and Petting Zoos in Gauteng

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Exposing children to pets and animals has a positive influence on their development. Kindness, caring and responsibility are all qualities imbued in kids who interact with animals. If you aren’t ready for a pet yet, why not take a day trip to any of the places and zoos with farm and wild animals listed on our site. You’ll find places to visit with a range of main attractions including birds, petting zoos, elephants, monkeys and more in Gauteng.

How does our day trips directory work?


You may search by suburb by clicking on the drop-down list above. Click on the suburb that interests you or scroll down through the list of animal outing venues available in Gauteng and surrounding provinces not too far away. Click on the blue name of the company to get more information about what they offer.
Lory Park Zoo
Midrand Gauteng
Lory Park is a privatly run zoo and animal sanctuary situared in Midrand. We house for an assortment of exotic and indigenous mammals, reptiles, bird
All ages

The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort North West Province
Exhilarating elephant driven programs, where the most important part of our operation is happy elephants and satisfied guests.
All ages

Old Macdonalds Farm and Party Venue
Lanseria West Rand
Fun Filled outdoor party venue. Lots of space, lots of fun and lots of animals.
All ages

Thaba Eco Hotel and Spa
Kibler Park Johannesburg South
Eco hotel, spa, eco kids club, lion education, restaurant & coffee shop in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
From Birth - All ages

Protea Zebula Lodge
Bela Bela Limpopo
Africa's premier bush, golf and spa destination, family holiday accommodation
All ages

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park
Fourways Johannesburg
Crocodile & Reptile Park where the visitors interact with a variety of reptiles. Croc Flyover only one in Africa!
All ages

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa / Pretoria Zoo
Pretoria South / Tshwane
This is the largest zoo in SA w/ Aquarium & Reptile Park, holiday programs, tours, camping, birthday parties, tractor train rides etc.

The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
De Wildt North Pretoria South / Tshwane
Cheetah and wildlife Centre for a family trip, educational tour to see wildlife.
From 7 wks - All ages

New Horse Haven Reviews
Midrand Midrand
Specialized childrens horse riding yard. Educational, interactive lessons. Pony parties. Outrides
From 3 - 16 yrs old

Protea Hotel Ranch Resort
Polokwane Limpopo
Family holiday resort with kids activities, golf resort, tented camp area, self catering chalets, conference & banqueting venue.

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
Bronkhorstspruit Pretoria South / Tshwane
Game drives, putt putt, fuffy slide, fishing, guided walks, bird and game watching, educational programs and camping facilities
All ages

VulPro – The Vulture Conservation Project Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort North West Province
The Vulture Conservation Project - We offer our visitors the chance to see South Africa’s iconic raptors up close, to experience the pleasure
All ages

Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Pretoria / Tshwane
Nature reserve with dam, hiking trails, bird watching, game viewing & fresh water fishing

Happy Zebra Party Farmyard
Midrand Gauteng
Located in an agricultural area, we are perfectly located for a day trip or to host your children's parties or We have two friendly ponies available for pony rides and farmyard animals
From All ages - 14 yrs

Montecasino Bird Gardens
Fourways Johannesburg
Our Bird Gardens houses a collection of over 142 African Cycads species. We also host daily showings of the Flight of Fantasy Bird Show, a free educational bird show, that will delight young and old.
All ages

Chameleon Village Reptile Park
Hartbeespoort
Reptile park, zoo, arts & crafts market, restaurants, kids activities, play area, reptile shows and more.
All ages

Johannesburg Zoo
Saxonwold Johannesburg
day and night tours, children's farmyard, tractor rides, kids party venue, school tours and more
All ages

CrazyKidz Farmyard Reviews
Randburg Johannesburg
Kids Party Venue & Farmyard for Day Visits, Party Services and arts & crafts studio in Daniel Brink Park, Randburg
From 1 yr - All ages

What makes animal day trip venues so great?


Most kids are simply amazed and in awe of animals (some kids not so much). There’s so much to learn and gain when it comes to various characteristics of animals. Most zoos and venues allow some interaction with the animals in a safe environment. Farm settings are also an advantage to animal outings so you can bring a picnic and make a day of it. Sanctuaries usually have guided tours and structured walk-abouts to educate visitors about the animals they have.

Petting zoos


These are particularly popular with little kids and toddlers. They’ll be delighted to be given a chance to touch and feed the rabbits, goats, chickens, ducks and more. Be sure to take some animal feed with or you may purchase at the venue as well. These zoos and venues often have a nice play area for the kids and can be used for kid’s parties too. You’ll find more animal themed kids party venues listed on our site too.

Birds of a feather…


Did you know that of the approximate 850 recorded bird species in the country, around 725 are resident birds (or, at least, annual visitors)? Birds are fascinating creatures and the exact amount of species in the world is not known as there are so many. South Africa has a beautiful variety of birdlife and avid bird-watchers can attest to wonderful sightings and habits of these little creatures. Colourful, big, small, useful and pesky, you’ll find all these and more at bird parks, zoos and sanctuaries across Gauteng and neighbouring provinces.

Monkeys, vultures, cheetahs and elephants too?


Yes! We are so fortunate to have a country rich in wildlife and more fortunate to be able to interact with them as well. Sanctuaries specifically dedicated to the rescue, release and care of animals have been set up around the country and visitors can delight in getting to know more about certain animals. Be sure to take note of all rules and regulations of these centres as they are quite strict and with good reason.

Animal school outings and zoos


Perfect school outing venues for kids of all ages, animal outing venues offer a great experience for children. The Johannesburg Zoo offers educational school tours and demonstrations as well as different displays from time to time so keep checking on them for something new. The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa or Pretoria Zoo is the largest zoo in the country. They boast the largest number of animals and offer various tours including aquatic, holiday programs, night tours and even a mobile zoo. Check out these and other amazing zoos in Jozi.

Mobile petting zoos and all types of animals


Mobile zoos and animals are a great way to introduce your nursery school kids to animals in an environment that they’re familiar with. Scroll through the listed venues and see if they offer a mobile service as well. Alternatively you can find mobile animal hire for parties and more.

Begin your search


If you’ve landed on this page through an internet search engine, then you’re probable looking for animal day outing venues or zoos to take your kids to. Scroll down the companies listed on this page to find a place you think is interesting. You may also find other day trip venues and places of interest by clicking on the day trips tab. There are many subcategories created to make your search of places to visit in Gauteng easier so have a look through. Remember to review a place that you’ve visited, whether it was a good or bad experience, tell us what you think.
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