Animal World at Emerald Resort

Animal World at Emerald Resort

I much prefer animals to be in their natural habitats than in enclosures. The joy of seeing animals roaming freely on safari far exceeds that of seeing them in captivity and of course the animals are usually much happier. However not everyone can go on safari as it can be quite expensive and far to travel to. That's where places like Animal World come in.

Located at Emerald Resort in the Vaal, it has approximately 500 animals from over 80 species. Here are some photos from my visit.

Animal World at Emerald Resort

Animal World

We were welcomed by the Chilean flamingos near the entrance.

Animal World at Emerald Resort

Chilean flamingos

We thought it was unusual that the goat and the hippo were in the same enclosure. We were amazed when we saw the goat jump onto the hippo’s back and the hippo seemed just fine.

Boerbok and Bubbles - goat and hippo Emerald

Boerbok and Bubbles

Then we saw this sign outside the enclosure. They may be unlikely animal buddies especially considering how dangerous hippos can be but it does happen.

Boerbok and Bubbles - goat and hippo Emerald

Boerbok and Bubbles - best friends

The white swans were enjoying a swim in the fine weather...

White swans - Emerald

White swans

and so were the black swans.

Black swans -Emerald

Black swans

We saw the iguana...

Iguana Emerald


and the cute chipmunk.

Chipmunk Emerald


The hippos, Romeo and Juliet, were stretching their jaws...

Romeo and Juliet hippos Emerald

Romeo and Juliet

and the wolves were restless.

Wolves Emerald


We could hear the lion’s roars from the time we entered the Animal Word. And when we reached his enclosure, he was roaring almost non-stop. We later discovered that he had just lost his friend, Pico, who had died of natural causes. As he roared, I tried to calm him down with soothing sounds and it seemed to work temporarily.

Lion in mourning Emerald

Lion in mourning


We also saw a caracal, several different species of monkeys and birds , snakes, raccoons and more.

Animal World also offers game drives to see their giraffe, zebra and various other herbivores but since my ideal game drive usually involves cats and other fierce creatures, I decided to give it a miss. Educational talks are held on certain days.

Emerald Resort also has another very popular attraction - the Aquadome, which is a climate-controlled indoor water wonderland.


For more information, click here .



6 comments on “Animal World at Emerald Resort”

  1. I enjoyed the Zoo but 2 things upset me very much.The 2 tortoises in the camp should be seperated. The bigger one bully the small one and tip him over on his back.He wont leave him even to enjoy hos move
    Then the porcupines food are placed in the sun witout shade. Its all dried out hwhen he eats it...please sort it out

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