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Animal Sanctuaries In Johannesburg

Animal Sanctuaries In Johannesburg

South Africa is known for its wildlife, and families that are visiting Gauteng won’t be disappointed. Zoos, parks and animal sanctuaries in Johannesburg, Pretoria and the surrounding areas are a must for anyone that wants to experience some of Africa’s wildest animals up close.

Animal Sanctuaries in Johannesburg and its Surrounds

Bird Gardens at MonteCasino

These enchanted gardens are nestled in the heart of glitzy Sandton and are home to more than 60 species of beautiful birds, reptiles, and little mammals. They wander around freely and are fantastic for a quick family trip between shopping sprees.

Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo in Parkview is home to wild dog, hyena, hippo, zebra, bear (brown, polar, and spectacled), lion, cheetah, puma, gorilla, panda, and even Siberian tiger; along with loads more incredible species. The walk-through aviary means that visitors can get up close to colourful feathered friends, while the medicinal and herb gardens are exquisite to explore. Little ones love the farmyard, where they can pet sheep, ponies and horses or play on the jungle gyms. There are a number of tours on offer at the Jo’Burg Zoo.

Pretoria Zoo (also known as The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa)

With more than 9 500 animals, this is one of the world’s top zoos. See rhino, lion, cheetah, hippo, elephant, and gorilla in gorgeous habitats. Explore it in a golf cart, on the Zoo Choo-Choo Train, or from the cableway that takes you soaring above the zoo. It’s also home to South Africa’s biggest inland marine aquarium. Ragged-tooth sharks and endangered Komodo dragons are just some of the aquarium’s most popular residents.

Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park

Against the gorgeous setting of the Magaliesberg Mountains and the Hartbeespoort Dam, live reptile shows and tours of the park are irresistible for families visiting Gauteng. More than slithering snakes, the park is also home to chimpanzees, tigers, vultures, and other wild cats. Some of the animals enjoy human interaction, and guests are invited to touch and feed them. There is also a tea garden here.

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary

Visit the primates in their natural forest habitat in the Magaliesberg. The animals; which include spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and capuchins; have been rescued from the pet trade or previously raised as domestic pets. Their rehabilitation into the wild has the main aim of allowing them to live happily wild lives again, within the protection of the sanctuary.

Elephant Sanctuary

Also on the Hartbeespoort Dam, this sanctuary offers visitors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk with, touch and feed the mighty African elephant. This is one of the very special animal sanctuaries in Johannesburg.

Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park

This is in Lanseria, less than an hour from Johannesburg, and promises a real thrill for the family. The braver visitors can even hold baby crocodiles, a tarantula, and a few of the resident snakes. Round off a formal tour of the park with a hot cuppa at the tea garden. There’s a shaded play area, where the little ones love to burn some energy.

Hunyani Snake City

See anacondas, rattlesnakes, mambas, pythons, cobras, and crocodiles in this Edenvale attraction. There are live snake shows too, for those that want to learn more about these animals and get even closer to them.

The Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary

In the Midrand, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, is this gorgeous natural retreat, where families can spot some beautiful animals. Dubbed a boutique zoo, this sanctuary is home to many different species; including cheetahs, lions and a variety of snakes.

Visiting Johannesburg

Also known as the City of Gold, Johannesburg is a hotspot for world-class shopping and entertainment. There is plenty of accommodation here, and the convenience of the OR Tambo International Airport.

Explore Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

Explore Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

In the heart of the Johannesburg area of Emmarentia is the picturesque Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, which combines natural abundance with a fascinating insight into prehistoric South Africa. While the Gauteng Province is most often thought of in terms of its commercial, industrial and retail wealth, it is also home to a number of natural treasures, and Melville Koppies is certainly one of these.

Melville Koppies comprises the last conserved remains of the Johannesburg ridges, the rest of which were destroyed by mining for gold in the late 19th century. The reserve occupies about 150 hectares of unspoiled, even wild, countryside. The rock formations are estimated to be three billion years old and stone tools that were found here indicate that mankind occupied the region some 500 000 years ago. This gives the entire area a poignant ambience that is deeply haunting and special. Melville Koppies Central has been declared a Heritage Site. Read More »

What Sandton has to Offer

What Sandton has to Offer

Sandton is known as Africa’s richest square mile and is, without a doubt, Johannesburg’s shopping and commercial epicentre. Since the 1980’s, Sandton has experienced an exponential growth and development to become one of today’s most vibrant and exciting destinations – not only in Johannesburg, but in Gauteng as a province. It is centrally situated, and is accessible from all major centres, including OR Tambo International Airport; the launching pad of the vast majority of tourists to South Africa.

There are a number of facets to the allure and popularity of Sandton’s Attractions. It has so much to offer, no matter what visitors prefer. Here are some of the features that modern Sandton has to offer locals and tourists alike … Read More »

Exploring Soweto

Exploring Soweto

Soweto (a shortened version of South Western Townships) has recently become an urban suburb of the City of Johannesburg. Although previously a separate municipality, Soweto has always played a major role in the history, identity and character of Johannesburg and Gauteng. Today, it is still a hub of excitement and a veritable tourist hotspot, representing much of the colour and diversity of South Africa as a nation.

Soweto was one of the first of the segregationist planning processes in Gauteng, and was positioned about 20 kilometres from the City of Johannesburg. These homes were established to accommodate the black labourers that worked mainly in the local mines. These ones were not permitted to live in the city centre or formal neighbourhoods, and all non-white folk were forced to occupy the informal settlements further afield. Forced removals in the 1950’s meant that many non-white folk lost their family homes and were sent with nothing to the outlying regions of the city. Soon, these communities grew and grew, and eventually developed their own culture and society. A large part of this new social norm was based on the political and societal upheavals experienced. Today, there are well over one million residents in Soweto. Read More »

Things to Do in Johannesburg on a Sunny Day

Things to Do in Johannesburg on a Sunny Day

Johannesburg, the City of Gold, boasts magnificent summers that are characterised by hot, dry mornings, refreshing afternoon thundershowers and clear, warm evenings. These are best enjoyed by those that love the outdoors and want to sample the beauty of South Africa in a very real, personal way.

There are plenty of local attractions in and around Johannesburg that are ideally suited to those that love the outdoors or that want to take advantage of the beautiful weather that graces Gauteng. For those that want to indulge in the glorious outdoors of this country.

Here are some of our top choices of things to do in Johannesburg on a Sunny Day… Read More »

Top 7 Coffee Shops in Johannesburg

Top 7 Coffee Shops in Johannesburg

Johannesburg offers so much in terms of things to do and see. In fact, it is one of South Africa’s busiest tourist hotspots, as well as the commercial and entertainment centre of the country. But, even the most seasoned tourist and shopaholic needs (deserves, even) a coffee break. Make yours an event in its own right by opting for one of Jozi’s best coffee spots … Read More »