A Day Out with the Animals

The Bloemfontein Zoo was founded in 1906 and is one of the oldest zoos in South Africa. It covers 15 hectares of ground and is situated in the city’s largest green open space, Kings Park. The Zoo is also conveniently situated alongside the Kings Park Rose Garden and close to the Loch Logan Waterfront and is only about 10 minutes from the Bram Fischer International Airport.

The Zoo is home to a variety of animals including 65 mammal species and many exotic birds.The Zoo has always been well known for its large collection of primates, but what lifted the Zoo into international fame in 2005 was a resident Chimp named Charlie. Unfortunately Charlie developed a smoking habit after mimicking visitors who were smoking. The Zoo made a concerted effort to stop Charlie from smoking by asking visitors not to smoke. Despite his smoking habit, Charlie lived ten years longer than the average Chimp living in captivity.He passed away in October 2010 from natural causes.

Visitors to the Zoo can expect to see the famous “Big Five” as well as Antelope, Hippos, Panthers, tigers and many more! The Zoo also offers a variety of activities for young and old and there are plenty beautiful grassy areas to enjoy a picnic. So gather the family and enjoy a day out with the animals!

Things to do and see

  • Big Five
  • Cat Species
  • Primates
  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Hippos
  • Antelope
  • Snakes & Reptiles
  • Day & Night Guided Tours:- Pre-booking is essential
  • Zoo Snooze: A fun camping sleep over, pre-booking is essential
  • Refreshment Kiosks
  • Souvenir Kiosk
  • Picnic areas
  • Function & Party Venue


Admission fees range between R15 and R45, however prices are subject to change, please contact the Zoo directly to confirm prices. Group rates are available.

x Please note that during Winter months, the Zoo closes at 17h00

Contact Us

Bloemfontein Zoo
Henry Street
9301 Willows, Bloemfontein
Free StateSouth Africa
29° 6′ 47.495″ S, 26° 12′ 20.729″ E
work: +27 51 405 8484
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Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

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