Montecasino Bird Park

With over 1 000 birds, small animals and reptiles, the Montecasino Bird Garden is the only sanctuary of its kind on the African continent. The venue presents entertainment and educational shows that are perfect for the whole family.

Elephant Sanctuary

Small groups of visitors are guided on foot through the Elephant Sanctuary, situated to the north-west of the Hartbeespoort Dam, with guides providing in-depth information and an insight into the world of the African elephant. You are introduced to the elephants and you can touch and interact with them, followed by a short trunk-in-hand walk, which is an unforgettable experience. Guests also get the opportunity to feed the elephants and learn more about their anatomy, as well as their intricate ways of communicating with one another.

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary

The Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary is a privately owned, nonsubsidised sanctuary set on approximately 7 hectares and is one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries in the world that provide for orphaned and abused animals. The sanctuary is situated west of Hartbeespoort Dam, alongside the Elephant Sanctuary, and provides a natural environment where primates can enjoy their freedom. The sanctuary, situated in one of the many gorges of the Magaliesberg mountain range, is a haven for many species of monkeys from around the world.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, situated north-east of the Hartbeespoort Dam, was previously known as the De Wildt Cheetah Centre. The Centre was originally established in 1971 as a cheetah breeding project and has during the past 40 years bred over 800 cheetah cubs. Various conservation projects include a successful Cape hunting dog breeding programme (formerly known as African wild dogs). The tours coincide with feeding times and booking is essential.

Lion Park

This tour to the Lion Park situated just north of Johannesburg offers you the opportunity of meeting the king of the wild. Admire the lion cubs, white lions and get to see the hyenas and wild dogs. You can even get your picture taken with an irresistible lion cub. Visits to the Lion Park are to be pre-booked.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

The bushveld terrain of Pilanesberg Game Reserve is home to virtually every mammal of southern Africa as well as a variety of flora and fauna. This vast area promises thrilling big game viewing in a malariafree environment. Visitors can join open vehicle game drives operated by experienced guides to enjoy the numerous wonders of the area.

Johannesburg Zoo

Originally established in 1904, the progressive Johannesburg Zoo is set on 81 hectares and is home to over 2 000 animals. The zoo is dedicated to the accommodation, enrichment, husbandry and medical care of wild animals and is one of the few places in the world where you can see the white lion. Enjoy the views of Westcliff, one of the old exclusive baronial residential areas of early Johannesburg.

Pretoria Zoo

Pretoria Zoo is the largest zoo in the country, situated on 85 hectares and home to more than 7 000 mammals, reptiles, fish and birds. The zoo was originally established in 1899 and received national status as South Africa’s National Zoological Gardens in 1916. Attractions include South African fur seals, the gorilla enclosure, the aquarium, a reptile park and the endangered Komodo dragon. Guests can enjoy the meandering paths and take a seven-minute cableway ride for an aerial view of the zoo.