Zoos, Animal Sanctuaries and Petting Zoos in Gauteng

Day trips » Animals

Exposing children to pets and animals has a positive influence on their development. 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 birds, petting zoos, elephants, monkeys and more in Gauteng.

VulPro – The Vulture Conservation Project Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort
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
The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Magaliesburg
Cheetah and wildlife Centre for a family trip, educational tour to see wildlife.
From 7 wks - All ages
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
West Rand
A privately owned game reserve covering some 1200 hectares where visitors may now view in excess of 650 heads of game, including some very rare and endangered species
All ages
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa / Pretoria Zoo
Pretoria / Tshwane
This is the largest zoo in SA w/ Aquarium & Reptile Park, holiday programs, tours, camping, birthday parties, tractor train rides etc.
Lory Park Zoo
Johannesburg
Lory Park is a privately run zoo and animal sanctuary situared in Midrand. We house for an assortment of exotic and indigenous mammals, reptiles, bird
All ages
The Bunny Hop Haven
Johannesburg
Non profit company (NPC) in animal rescue and as an educational centre.
All ages
CrazyKidz Farmyard DealsReviews
Johannesburg
Kids Party Venue & Farmyard for Day Visits, Party Services and arts & crafts studio in Daniel Brink Park, Randburg
From 1 yr - All ages
Bexton Park Stables
West Rand
Horse riding lessons for all ages from 3 years old, outrides, trail rides, stabling, livery
From 3 yrs - All ages
Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park
Johannesburg
Crocodile & Reptile Park where the visitors interact with a variety of reptiles. Croc Flyover only one in Africa!
All ages
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
Pretoria / Tshwane
Game drives, putt putt, fuffy slide, fishing, guided walks, bird and game watching, educational programs and camping facilities
All ages
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Pretoria / Tshwane
Nature reserve with dam, hiking trails, bird watching, game viewing & fresh water fishing
Thaba Eco Hotel and Spa
Johannesburg
Eco hotel, spa, eco kids club, lion education, restaurant & coffee shop in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
From Birth - All ages
Johannesburg Zoo
Johannesburg
Day and night tours, children's farmyard, tractor rides, kids party venue, school tours and more
All ages
Willow feather Farm
Pretoria / Tshwane
Kids party venue, tea garden and animal farmyard for day outings- supports greening of our community
All ages
Tres Jolie Deals
West Rand
Family friendly restaurant, wedding or kids party venue w/petting zoo, playground & pony rides, fully licensed
All ages
The Fat Olive Restaurant
Johannesburg
We provide an ideal family entertainment destination suitable for all occasions. A child friendly restaurant with jungle gyms, jumping castles and an animals farmyard
All ages

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.

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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