The Johannesburg Zoo ranks among the city’s top family attractions. Zoo goers have the chance to see the Big 5—lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo—as well as hundreds of other species from around the globe. Guests can choose between general admission, or a guided tour which must be booked in advance.
Tour options include a 90-minute ferry, a behind-the-scenes experience to learn more about animal care, or a night tour to observe the zoo’s nocturnal residents. The zoo also features as a stop on the Green Route of the Johannesburg hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.
Things to know before you go
- The Johannesburg Zoo is one of the city’s best attractions for families.
- Zoo goers are allowed to bring outside food and beverages, so consider packing a picnic lunch.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- The zoo is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchair parking is available in the public lot.
How to get there
Johannesburg Zoo is north of the city center in the Parktown district. Take the M1 South motorway and follow the signs. The main entrance is on Upper Park Drive.
When to get there
The zoo is open daily throughout the year from 8:30am to 5:30pm, including public holidays. Animals might not be as active during the winter season from June to August, while peak crowds occur during the South African summer from December to February. Plan to arrive early on a weekday.
The Johannesburg Zoo houses numerous endangered species and participates in several conservation projects across the globe. Zoo goers who want to lend financial support can adopt an animal, like a black rhino, tiger, or African wild dog.