Your kiddo has never met a dog he didn’t like…or a bunny, cat, horse, cow, llama or sheep, for that matter. Encourage the Dr. Dolittle in your budding veterinarian, and go as a family to visit one of our 10 favourite animal petting farms in South Africa for an up close and personal encounter with these special creatures.

Willow Feather Farm - Pretoria, Gauteng

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Willow Feather Farm offers children from Irene and the surrounding Pretoria Suburbs the opportunity to interact with a variety of animals including turkeys, ostriches, guinea pigs, potbelly pigs and goats. They have a quaint tea garden, a small gift store and provide pre-packed picnic baskets which can be enjoyed in their scenic gardens. They have festive seasonal markets with the next one scheduled on the 27th of November.

Operating hours: Monday- Sunday 08h00 -17h00

Cost: R20 entrance fee per person. (Children under 2 years enter for free)


Imhoff Farm - Cape Town, Western Cape

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There’s plenty to see and do at this attractive, historic farmstead just outside Kommetjie. Among the attractions are the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard, camel rides, a snake & reptile park, and a variety of shops and restaurants as well as a farm stall selling tasty treats made on the farm. The farmyard animals have all been named by children who have visited the farm and their most recent addition to the farmyard is a Springbuck.

Operating hours: Tuesday- Sunday 09h00 – 17h00.

Cost: Farmyard: R20 entrance for all. Camel rides: adult= R50, child= R30.


Flag Animal Farm - Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal

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Flag Animal Farm is home to over 1000 rescued animals, birds, reptiles, wolves and alpaca. They have daily wolf interaction, milking shows and reptile handling and on weekends children have the opportunity to meet their favourite characters: Barney, Dora, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty. They were recently awarded the top position in the Best of the Best readers’ choice competition.

Operating hours: Monday- Sunday 09h00 – 16h30

Cost: R39 entrance fee. R10 for rides. R10 for animal food.


Holmeleigh Farm - Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 

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Holmeleigh Farmyard is a family owned and run establishment offering wholesome family fun in a beautiful setting along Kragga Kamma Road in PE. Activities include feeding the animals, milking Queenie the cow, experiencing a tractor ride, riding Honey or Silver (the ponies) or captaining the boat, jumping on the jumping castle or climbing up the beautiful wooden tower. They offer fun, educational tours for school groups and a venue for an unforgettable birthday party, a mini conference or breakfast meeting.

Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday 09h00- 16h30

Cost: R25 entrance fee per person. (Children under 2 years enter for free)


Crazy Kidz Farmyard - Johannesburg North, Gauteng

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Crazy Kidz Farmyard has Randburg’s first and original windmill, making this animal touch farm and party venue a unique place to visit. Exotic ducks, geese, various types of chickens (including some SA Show Champs), a pony, an Emu, a potbelly pig and some bunnies can be found roaming on the well-kept farm. Various play equipment, including a bike track, doll house, climbing wall and large netted trampolines provide heaps of fun for the children to play on once they’ve visited their animal friends. They also provide an excellent party venue option.

Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday 09h00 – 17h00

Cost: R25 per child. FREE for adults (unless you bring your own snacks & drinks, then R10 per adult)


Montagu Guano Cave Resort - Montagu, Western Cape 

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Quite possibly the most scenic animal touch farm in SA due to the surrounding mountains; this beautiful farmyard with well-cared for animals including emu’s, camels, pigs and mini ponies is a delight to visit. Entrance includes bonus viewing of "Rabbit World", Chinchilla, Anaconda, Boa snakes, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs and different types of birds. A visit to Guano Caves Touch Farm is made complete with a visit to their pools, coffee shop and play park.

Operating hours: 08h00 – 17h00

Cost: Entrance into the Animal Farm/Rabbit World - R30 Adult & R20 Children u/12. Horse/Pony rides= R50.


Rietvlei Zoo Farm - Johannesburg South, Gauteng

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Rietvlei Zoo Farm is surrounded by natural wetlands, large willow and oak trees and beautiful green gardens, where you can relax, picnic and enjoy the sunshine and outdoors. Activities include enjoying the ducks as they waddle around looking for tit-bits, feeding the farmyard animals from veggie packs you can buy onsite, enjoying the bird aviary or the carnival fun rides, pony rides, tractor cart and mini train rides. If this is not enough, then bring your cricket, soccer, volley ball or play a 9-hole round of mini golf for some friendly competition or get involved in the variety if recreation activities on offer. Families are invited to bring their bicycles and hiking shoes along to explore the farm trails.

Operating hours: Monday-Sunday 08h00 - 17h30

Cost: Entrance fees R30 per adult, R20 per child (Under 12 Years), R10 per pensioner.


Mhangela Tea Garden & Animal Touch Farm - Tzaneen, Limpopo


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This lovely animal touch farm situated in the north of SA has made many improvements in the past year and provides an exceptional learning experience for families and school groups. Children can feed the emu’s, ostriches, goats, sheep, guinea fowl, pigs, cattle and many more different varieties of birds and animals or they can experience a pony or car ride while parents enjoy home-made Mhangela pancakes, delicious cakes and desserts or relax in the beautiful natural surroundings. Mhangela also does private functions e.g. children’s parties, kitchen tea’s etc. on request.

Operating hours: Monday to Friday 08h00 – 17h00. Saturday & Sunday 08h00 - 16h00.

Cost: FREE entrance. All rides & Animal Feeding= R10 each.


Burnside Touch Farm - East London, Eastern Cape 

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A wide range of animals, fantastic playground areas, horse rides, 4-wheeler cart rides, neat child and adult party venues with various packages at incredible prices, school outings and family picnics, indoor and outdoor tea area with a lovely menu for breakfasts, lunches and a kiddie’s menu. For those with their own fishing rods, they provide a catch and release fishing experience for those budding fisherman.

Operating hours: Tuesday – Saturday 09h00- 16h00 and Sundays 08h30 -14h30

Cost: R15 entrance fee. R5 per feed bucket.


Stodels Nursery - Belville, Cape Town

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Although Stodels is actually a plant nursery, Belville Stodels offers far more. The open outside cages at Stodels house a range of interesting animals. Children are able to view and feed the ponies, bearded goats, llamas, rabbits and marmosets. There is also a small duck pond with double gates allowing visitors to go inside and visit the feathery friends. After a visit to the animals children can play on the amazing kids’ playground while parents sip on a cup of coffee at the outside coffee shop. Children can also play on the beautiful train-themed jungle gym, the see-saws, trampolines and jumping castle.

Operating hours: Tuesday to Saturday 09h00 – 18h00. Mondays 10h00 -18h00 and Sundays 09:00 – 17h00.

Cost: FREE entrance and food to feed the animals.


Have fun visiting these fabulous farms! And feel free to share your experiences with us.

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While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  The author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this article.The farms selected for this article are the favourites of our employees based on their opinions.The author does not imply in any way that these are the top voted or nominated animal farms in SA.


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