activities to see animals without leaving Johannesburg

Yes, it is possible to check out the South African fauna without leaving the metropolis! On the list, five activities for you to feel like an explorer on a safari


Johannesburg Zoo

Jan Smuts Ave/Upper Park Dr, 2193

In the 1960s, this zoo stood out for replacing cages with larger, natural enclosures and, ever since then, it has evolved as an animal conservation center. It is home to over 2,000 animals from 326 species, including white rhinoceros, wattled cranes and white lions, which are endangered.


Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Olifants Road, 2194

The attractions at the Jo’Burg Botanical Gardens include a herbarium, a library and even a terrace with thousands of roses. But for animal lovers, the destination is the park’s western lake, where the Bird Island is located. There, domestic birds share space with ducks and geese, and you can even feed the critters.


Montecasino Bird Park

1 Montecasino Blvd, 2055

The big stars here are the birds: macaws and parrots have their own gallery, just like southern ground hornbills, which have a center dedicated to their conservation. Other attractions include a daily show of unrestrained flight and a restaurant overlooking a lake with flamingos.


Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park

Cedar Road/R114 Nietgedacht 535, Fourways, 2055

Can you imagine feeling a tarantula walking up your arm? How about the texture of a crocodile? At this park, reptiles and insects are domesticated, and you can even pet them. Venomous animals, like the black mamba, can also be seen there – but don’t touch them, ok?


Hunyani Snake City

17 Voortrekker Ave, Edenvale

Hunyani Snake City, located in Edenvale, is an educational and breeding center for rattlesnakes, pitons, mambas and anacondas. In addition to learning about the habits of each species, more daring visitors are invited to interact with the animals. Are you up for it?