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
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.
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.
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.
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, 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?