Johannesburg Zoo

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venue Jan Smuts Ave
Saxonwold Randburg Johannesburg
time Mon to Sun: 9am-5.30pm (last entry 4pm)
Open on public holidays.
cost Adults: R110
Kids 3-12yrs: R65
Kids under 3yrs : Free
Pensioners: R65
Students (Student card required): R65
School groups-weekdays: R40
Welfare groups-weekday): R45
Zoo trot : R65
Ferry Rides- weekdays R5; weekends R10
Parking Cars and minivans R15; Busses R25
age All ages

The Zoo is 54 hectares in size, with 2070 animals, 380 species. The most popular animals are the lions, tigers, naughty apes, slithering snakes and majestic elephants.

See the big 5 at the Johannesburg Zoo

The phrase "Big 5" conjures visions of steamy jungles, rolling savannahs and big-game hunters stalking Africa's most feared animals; fittingly so as it was the game hunters who coined the phrase to describe the creatures - lion, leopard, rhino, African elephant and African buffalo - they found most dangerous to hunt. Now, the Johannesburg Zoo invites visitors to see these creatures close to home.

Day trip, kids party venue, school tours and more

* Day and night tours
* Birthday party packages
* School tours, talks and animal demonstrations*
* Venues to hire: Old Elephant house, Anglo Gold Lion enclosure, Ape House Deck and open lawn
* Zoo Ferry transport system on weekdays, weekends and public holidays
* The Zoo is accessible for physically disabled groups
* Stages restaurant for light meals and delicious coffee

Day tours

The Joburg Zoo offers three types of day tours:

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.

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. We will treat you to a Behind - the Scenes tour and Night Tour end off with a bonfire.Times: Saturday 2:30pm - Sunday 8am.
Booking is essential

Golf carts now available at the zoo

The golf carts will give visitors an opportunity to better explore the Joburg Zoo. This new addition will allow easier navigation of the 54 hectare facility that offers an array of activities.
2 seaters - R150 an hour
4 seaters – R170 an hour
6 seaters – R250 an hour
8 seaters – R300 an hour
*A valid driver’s license is required
*No pre-booking is required
*Golf carts are allocated on a first come first-serve basis
For more information, please call 010 590 4448

Animal adoptions

Looking for gift ideas?
Share your love of animals by adopting your favourite animal at the Joburg Zoo either for yourself, another animal lover, a friend or relative. It's both rewarding and fun! When you adopt, your gift provides for the care and feeding of the animals and supports the Joburg Zoo's ongoing commitment to global wildlife conservation.

Your generous donation helps to make the Johannesburg Zoo the best possible place for the animals to live, and for you to visit.
There are different kinds of adoption of packages and what they contain depends on the adoption fee. Adoption packs include tickets to the Zoo, an adoption certificate and information about your animal. To participate, please email
Packages start from R300
Click here for more information.
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