Johannesburg Zoo


If you've not made it out on safari, this long-established zoo offers a chance to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) as well as many other animals. The 55 hectares of grounds with beautiful old trees are worth a visit alone as a leafy escape from urban Jo'burg.

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Nearby Johannesburg attractions

3. Zoo Lake

0.61 MILES

This busy park is a firm favourite with Jo'burgers from all walks of life. Lace up your trainers and join locals for a run on the paved paths or games on…

4. Goodman Gallery

1.15 MILES

One of Jo'burg's most prestigious private art galleries, Goodman shows the work of William Kentridge, Sam Nhlengethwa, and many more of South Africa's…

5. CIRCA Gallery

1.55 MILES

This striking spiral structure houses unusual sculptures, sketches and contemporary works by local artists and has wonderful views from its roof. It is…

6. Everard Read

1.55 MILES

A key player in South Africa's art world, Everard Read is a superb gallery curating regularly changing exhibitions of contemporary works. As well as its…

7. Constitutional Court

1.65 MILES

Inaugurated in 2004, with its design based on the African concept of 'justice under a tree', the Constitutional Court is a very real symbol of modern…

8. Constitution Hill

1.71 MILES

Do not leave Jo'burg without visiting Constitution Hill. One of South Africa's most important historical sites, the deeply moving and inspirational…