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The Pretoria Zoo (National Zoological Gardens)

The Pretoria Zoo has been rated as one of the best zoos in the world and enjoys National status as the National Zoological Gardens. The zoo features many exotic and African animal exhibitions in diverse environments that include a lake with hippos, a reptile house and an aquarium, as well as integrated function facilities and lapas.

The 85-hectare zoo features 3120 mammals from 209 species, 1360 birds from 202 species, 3870 fish specimens from 190 fish species, as well as many invertebrates, reptile and amphibian species.

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With 6kms of walkway between exhibits, you can choose to use of your feet or ride a golf-cart. You can also opt for a ‘choo-choo’ train tour through parts of the Zoo or to enjoy the 80ha expanse from a cable car.

Tours offered include an overnight camping tour and night tours to view nocturnal animals.

The Zoo is highly conservation and education oriented as an arm of the National Research Foundation (NRF), and also runs a biodiversity conservation centre in the Limpopo Province and a breeding centre in the North West Province, where some of the world’s most endangered animals are being bred. These include the 2 species of Oryx antelope, the Cape mountain zebra and the white rhino.

For more info: http://nzg.ac.za

Getting there: The Pretoria Zoo is situated at 232 Boom St., Pretoria, at the corner of Boom and Schubart St.