Plan Your Visit

Operating Times & General Information

The Zoo is open 364 days of the year!
Open Monday to Sunday, public holidays including Christmas and New Years.
Business Hours are 08:30 am to 5:30pm, last entry 4:00pm
On special occasions, opening and closing times of the Zoo will vary from the above. 

Complimentary tickets cannot be used during special events. 

No domestic animals are allowed in the Zoo.
  • Alcohol and balloons are not allowed
  • You can bring your own food
  • Please do not feed the animals


The Johannesburg Zoo is located at the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Upper Park Drive in Parkview, Johannesburg. The main public entrance is on Upper Park Drive. For a deltailed map, click here

Map of the Zoo

For a map of the zoo, click here


Food Services

The zoo's restaurant provide affordable scrumptious meals to suit any occasion and palette, from mouth watering sandwich, pizza to salads. There are also several kiosks, ice cream and other vendors situated in various sites around the zoo. 

Click here for coffee menu 

Self Catering is welcome and visitors can make use of a number of open picnic sites available. Please note no cooking using braais onsite are allowed. Please respect the zoos open spaces and clean up your litter.


Info Kiosk

All visitor enquiries can be made at the zoo's info kiosk at the Upper Park entrance of the zoo.
011 646 2000 ext 2207

Golf Carts Now Available

Rent a golf cart to better explore the Joburg Zoo. This addition will allow easier navigation of the 54 hectare facility that offers an array of activities.

Prices start from: 

2 seater – R150 an hour

4 seater – R200 an hour

6 seater – R250 an hour

8 seater – R300 an hour

  • A valid driver’s license is required
  • No pre-booking is required
  • Golf carts are allocated on a first come first-serve basis

For more information, please call 010 590 4448

Amusement Fun Park & Hippo Cars

The amusement park is only open on weekends, public holidays and school holidays
Please contact Christy on: / 082 825 7633

Stages Express Kiosk

Off-peak : Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 to 16:00
Peak: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00



The vendors do not open during the week, please visit Stages restaurant
Saturday & Sunday,10:00 to 16:00

The This is Africa curio shop is available at the Upper Park entrance for you to purchase gifts & toys when visiting the Zoo.

Trading Hours:

Friday 9:00 – 17:30

Saturday 9:00 – 17:30

Sunday 9:00 – 17:30



Contact any zoo staff or the cashiers at the entrances. 
Manager/First Aid are available to help during office hours.
Emergency numbers:
All life-threatening emergencies: 011 375 5911
Ambulance: 082 911 or 10177
Police Parkview: 011 486 5000
Zoo Security: 011 646 2000 ext. 230


Fee structure

Joburg Zoo no longer accept cheques. If your school uses cheques, please deposit your cheque into the following account:

Bank Name: Standard Bank
Account Name: City of Johannesburg: City Parks Main
Acc Number: 0000197122
Reference: Name of school

Two to three days before you visit the zoo, kindly bring your proof of payment and provide accurate contact details.

Please note the zoo does not have an ATM facility. We apologise for the inconvenience.

The Zoo offers day and night tours that will take you on a special adventure you'll never forget! Packed with information, these are fun ways to get to know our animals. It's lots of fun for the whole family.


The Joburg Zoo has several modern animal exhibits and educational centres. To learn about some of main attractions read the short descriptions below. All directions are given from the Upper Park Zoo entrance.

Upcoming Events

There is always something fun and educational happening at the Joburg Zoo. Keep an eye on our calendar and share in the fun!


The Zoo offers fantastic venues for corporate meetings, conferences, teambuilding or private parties. These venues are both indoor and outdoor facilities. For more information about what’s on offer, please click here.

Feeding Times

Come and have a look at how the Zoo feeds our animals. We have special feeding times for our animals.
Please note that these feeding times are only for weekends and public holidays.

Chimpanzees 10h00
Vultures (Sundays only) 11h00
Ground hornbills 11h15
Wild Dogs and Cheetahs 12h15
Crocodile talk (Sundays only. Not in winter or cold days) 13h00
Gorillas 14h00