Mokopane Biodiversity Conservation Centre was established in 1979 and opened to the public in October 1981, as a satellite station of the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Pretoria Zoo (NZG). In 2004 the NZG was proclaimed as a National Facility, as a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF). In December 2007 the Centre was given national protective status with it been proclaimed as part of the Makapan Valley World Heritage Site, one of the three serial site forming part of the Cradle of Humankind.
The Centre covers an area of 1334 ha, comprising of a Zoo like environment, breeding camps and a free ranging area, all accommodating a large variety of African species as well as species form other continents.
The mission of the NZG:
“The leading zoological gardens to advance awareness, the creation of knowledge, and
innovation in the conservation of wildlife through knowledge, understanding and connection.”
The Centre’s focuses on research, the conservation of Africa’s biodiversity, the advancement of science awareness within our learners and the breeding of Africa's
The centre is ideally situated on the northern outskirts of Mokopane (formerly Potgietersrus), only 2 hours drive from Pretoria.
Monday to Friday: 08:00-16:00
Weekends and public holidays: 08:00-18:00
Day visitors tariffs
Adults: R 20
Child 15 years and younger: R 12
Child 2 years and younger: Free
School groups - booking essential
Learners and Educator R 8 per person (only within Limpopo Province school terms, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays)
Guest house accommodation
Adults sharing per person per night: R 150
Single Adult per room per night: R 230
Person 15 years and younger sharing per person per night: R 90
Single person 15 years and younger per room per night: R 150
Children 2 years and younger are free
Game drives: R 460 per vehicle (maximum of 10 - 12 people per vehicle)
Morning Feeding trips: R 40 per person (maximum of 10 - 12 people)
R 60 per person per night plus R 60 per camping site per night (with a maximum of 4 tents per site)
Venue hire for open air function
For venue hire, please make an inquiry by contacting us.