East London Zoo and Queens Park Gardens in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is situated in the city centre of East London.

The East London Zoo is located within the Queens Park Zoological Gardens and this explains the indigenous vegetation that can be found everywhere. Part of this natural vegetation is the endangered cycads that are found throughout the park. The Park was first opened as a Botanical Garden in 1890 and later the Zoo was built.

As visitors roam through the Zoo they will encounter free flying birds as well as rabbits and chickens that are not in enclosures. The children, in particular, enjoy interacting with these animals who are only too happy to accept food from any visitor. Raw peanuts are on sale in the Zoo for this very activity.

There are over 300 animals in the Zoo of which there are 43 species of mammals, 14 of reptiles and 26 species of birds. From exotic vegetation and beautiful scenery, smallest bird, the largest snake and the fiercest predator, the East London Zoo is full of fun, excitement and activities.

Facilities

  • African Savannah Enclosure
  • Chimpanzee Open Enclosure
  • Fountains
  • Refreshment Kiosks
  • Curio Shop
  • Boma
  • Jungle Gym & Playground
  • Tarantula Jungle Gym
  • Train Rides
  • Mommy & Baby Rooms

Admission

Monday through Sunday, 09h00 - 17h00

A nominal admission fee is charged please consult their website directly for pricing.

Climate

East London has rainfall in the summer months.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 27˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 9˚C and 22˚C.

Transport

There are Domestic flights into East London Airport on a daily basis. Hotel transfers, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.

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