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The wildest part of Pretoria isn’t necessarily the nightlife.
From leopards and cheetahs to monkeys and dassies, there are loads of wildlife attractions in Pretoria where you can get up close to your favourite animals.
Here are a few of ShowMe Pretoria’s favourite wildlife attractions in the capital city:
Moreletakloof Nature Reserve
The approximate 100 hectare reserve is home to various small game species including Springbuck, Zebra, Blesbok, Impala, Duiker, Bushbuck and Ostrich and abundant birdlife.
Hours: Daily from 06h00 to 18h00.
Address: Helios Street, Moreleta Park, Pretoria, 0044
Contact Number: 0829274673
Admission Fee: Free of charge.
Main article: Moreletakloof Nature Reserve
Groenkloof Nature Reserve
The wildlife on the reserve includes zebra, jackal, duiker, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, blesbuck, red hartebeest, ostrich, giraffe and sable.
Hours: September to April from 05h30 to 19h00, and May to August from 07h00 to 18h00.
Address: Christina de Wit Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0027
Contact Number: 0124408316
Admission Fee: Adults R25, School Children and Pensioners R18, Pre-School Children R10.
Other links: Official Page of Groenkloof Nature Reserve on the City of Tshwane website.
Somabula Nature Reserve
400 hectares of indigenous trees, excellent birding and a large variety of antelope as well as giraffe, zebra, springbok and wildebeest. Smaller animals, interesting insects and reptiles can also be viewed.
Address: Off R515, Cullinan, Pretoria, 1000
Contact Number: 0825501892
Admission Fee: R40 per person.
The Farm Inn Country Hotel & Wildlife Sanctuary
Guests at The Farm Inn can enjoy the magic of a wildlife sanctuary with 23 indigenous species, including lion, leopard and cheetah. Many of these species can be viewed by going on a game drive with one of the hotel’s experienced game rangers.
Address: Silverlakes Road, Silver Lakes, Pretoria, 0054
Contact Number: 0128090266
Admission Fee: Game Drives are charged at R105 per adult.
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and houses 209 mammal species, 202 bird species, fish species and 93 reptile species.
Hours: Daily from 08h30 to 17h30.
Address: 232 Boom Street, Pretoria Central, Pretoria, 0002
Contact Number: 0123392700
Admission Fee: Adults R60, Children R40. The entrance fee includes a visit to the Aquarium and Reptile Park, as well as the Zoo.
Wonderboom Nature Reserve
The reserve, which is open seven days a week, offers visitors barbecue facilities and ablution blocks, a children’s park, walking trails, a man-made waterfall and abundant bird life. The reserve is also the dwelling place of a number of small antelope, monkeys, dassies and an array of birds.
Hours: Daily from 07h00 to 18h00.
Address: Off M1, Wonderboom, Pretoria, 0182
Contact Number: 0125674296
Admission Fee: Adults R25, School Children R15.
Main article: Wonderboom Nature Reserve.
Related link: Tourist attractions Pretoria