Pretoria Zoo

Zoo cable car The Pretoria Zoo is big, really, really big… 85-hectares with over 3000 specimens of mammals, birds, fishes, invertebrate, reptiles and amphibians – and trying to see all in just a day really takes a toll on your feet. (I would recommend hiring a golf cart for the day.)  I have seen animals in there I forgot even existed.

I also took a ride on their cable car track – this is something I would not recommend to the faint of heart. It was the most terrifying experience ever (counting that I stood at the top of the Eiffel and walked down the stairs of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona). The cars are very small and the wind just swings it around as if it is nothing!

You can also visit their Aquarium (very nice specimens to be seen here) and Reptile Park that are part of the Zoo facility. They claim their Aquarium is the largest inland marine aquarium in South Africa but I think Ushaka Marine is (don't quote me on that though!).

Tree huggers and eco fanatics will love the Pretoria Zoo as it boasts a large collection of exotic trees.

Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi Susann
    Glad you enjoyed the Pretoria Zoo!
    Ushaka Marine is not “inland”, so that is why Pretoria Zoo can claim to have the largest inland marine aquarium in South Africa. (just my 5 cents).
    I agree, the cable cars are quite a scary ride on a windy day!

  2. I’d like to volunteer at Pretora Zoo for a few days. Are school children able to volunteer? If so, who can I contact? Thanks

  3. Hi, I’d like to volunteer at Pretoria Zoo for a few days, is that possible? And are school children allowed to volunteer? Please email me at Thanks

  4. Good day

    My daughter of twelve is intressed in working with animal(VET) is there a programm for children her age in the school holiday where she can volenteer to assist with the animals?

  5. Hi im looking for a volunteer job at the pretoria zoo. I love working with animals!! and maby after a while I can work with animals permanent at the zoo. I am currently working in an office and my heart isnt at the right place, i needs to be helping animals.

    Can you assist in any way please

    • Hi Billie, I’m afraid we can’t help you with this, you’ll need to contact the zoo directly and enquire with them. Check with them on their website:

      Good luck and may all your dreams come true! 🙂

  6. I would like to volunteer ,I’m a student of 19 years old,female.

  7. Hi There.
    I would like to volunteer and can see myself helping out at the zoo. I’m not getting through on the landline of the zoo 0123392700. Is there an alternative nr available?

    • Hello Bianca, thank you for contacting us! Try this number to get hold of them – 012 328 3265, hopefully you can get through – Almene

  8. I was at Pretoria Zoo last month..I love nature environment with all my heart . Can I please volunteer.

    • Hi Boitshoko

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Should you be interested in volunteering you will need to contact them direct to see if they offer this.

      They will be able to answer any questions you might have with regards to this and assist with any documents and procedures you need to follow to become a volunteer.

  9. Hi…I’m tiisetjo…I’d really love to volunteer at zoom as I hv a heart for them…isn’t there any programme offered in veterinary…my

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you will need to contact them direct. They will be able to advise and answer any questions you might have.

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