South Africa, a land of breathtaking landscapes and diverse beauty, beckons travellers with the promise of unforgettable adventures. For pet owners, the good news is that South Africa doesn’t just offer splendid scenery; it also provides an array of pet-friendly getaways. Whether you dream of escaping to the tranquillity of the countryside, the charm of coastal towns, or the majesty of mountain retreats, South Africa has it all. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore some of the most remarkable pet-friendly accommodations across three picturesque regions: Gauteng, Western Cape, and Kwa-Zulu Natal. So, prepare to embark on a journey filled with lasting memories for both you and your four-legged companion.
Gauteng (Magaliesburg and Johannesburg)
Nestled in Magaliesburg, Woodland Gardens is a secluded pet-friendly haven spanning 8 hectares of woods, grassy areas, gardens, and a fish pond. With cozy cottages equipped with fireplaces, private braai areas, and bonfire pits, this retreat offers serenity and relaxation for both you and your furry friend. Find out more about the accommodation here.
Saamrus Guest Farm, situated in a tranquil woodland valley in Magaliesberg, boasts charming self-catering farm cottages enveloped by 500 hectares of unspoiled nature. Here, your dog can roam freely during walks along leafy riverside trails and indigenous bush paths. Whether you prefer relaxation or adventure, Saamrus offers an unforgettable experience. Get more details about Saamrus Guest Farm here.
For those seeking a pet-friendly escape in Magaliesburg, Blue Roan Country Lodge is the perfect choice. This lodge offers high-quality self-catering accommodations nestled in the romantic and cosy outskirts of Magaliesburg. They welcome pets by arrangement, with each unit featuring its own fully enclosed and gated private garden. Here, you can relax by the rock pool, enjoy braai facilities, and partake in games. It’s an ideal retreat for pet owners looking to combine relaxation with adventure. Find more about Blue Roan Country Lodge here.
Sitatunga Guest Lodge & Transfers is a 4-star Guest Lodge situated in the heart of Rivonia – Sandton, Johannesburg, one of the most affluent residential and business suburbs of South Africa. Perfectly situated for your business meetings, shopping, or a stay at leisure or even just a stop-over on the way to or from an African safari. Get more info about the accommodation here.
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Pet-friendly accommodations in the Western Cape (Cape Town, Langebaan, Mossel Bay)
The Farmhouse Hotel, overlooking the serene Langebaan Lagoon, stands as a character-filled ancient homestead on the West Coast of the Western Cape. It’s a haven for pet owners as they offer excellent pet-friendly rooms catering to small to medium-sized dogs. Stroll through the West Coast-inspired gardens and the cliff path bordering the hotel, ensuring a memorable stay for you and your furry friend. Find out more about the hotel here.
Situated in Groot Brak, Amelia’s by the Sea is a unique and exclusive 4-star self-catering/BnB accommodation in the Garden Route, Western Cape. Here, you’ll find luxurious guest suites with stunning ocean views. The property is powered by solar energy and welcomes small, well-behaved dogs, making it an ideal retreat for pet owners. Pristine Blue Flag beaches are just a short distance away, ensuring a delightful coastal experience for both you and your furry companion. Get more details about the accommodation here.
Home Suites Sea Point, located in the bustling heart of Sea Point, offers pet-friendly lifestyle suites. Surrounded by top eateries, the Sea Point promenade, V&A Waterfront, and the vibrant Cape Town CBD, it’s an ideal base for pet owners. The intimate rooftop common area is perfect for relaxation, work, or mingling. Home Suites Sea Point ensures a pet-friendly stay with provided doggie beds and food bowls, making it convenient for you and your furry baby to explore the paved and grassy promenade or enjoy coffee at Jarryds Espresso Bar + Eatery. Find out more about the accommodation here.
Nestled 14km outside the picturesque town of Montagu along the R62, Glen Eden Farm is a charming accomodation. The farm features five luxurious pet-friendly cottages with a private garden and entrance, gated, fenced, and fully enclosed. All cottages have a splash pool, wood-fired hot tub, and Wi-Fi for your convenience. The farm’s open spaces and walking trails provide ample opportunities for your pets to walk, and there’s even a dam for those who fancy a swim. The farm’s amenities include a licensed bar/pizzeria, an archery range, fishing and hiking trails. Find out more about Glen Eden Farm here.
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Pet-friendly accommodations in Kwa-Zulu Nata ( Umhlanga, Drakensburg, Ladysmith,
Situated on Umhlanga beachfront in KwaZulu-Natal, The Oyster Box stands as one of South Africa’s most celebrated hotels. It warmly welcomes small to medium-sized dogs and cats to enjoy the luxury of its superior villas. The pet-friendly policy extends to providing a dedicated pet menu, ensuring that your pet enjoys the same opulent experience as you. With leash-friendly exploration and vigilant attention to your pet’s comfort, The Oyster Box promises an exceptional stay. Get more details about The Oyster Box here.
Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort, a beloved family destination, awaits in the heart of the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal. The resort offers an array of accommodations, including options for caravans, camping sites, and select units, where you can bring along your furry friends. Explore the prestigious Ukahlamba National Heritage Park, home to cultural and geographical marvels and some of South Africa’s finest hiking trails. With the resort’s pet-friendly policy, you can create cherished memories in the company of your dogs while enjoying the region’s natural splendours. Make sure to also clean up after your dog at the resort. Find out more about the resort here.
Buller’s Rest Lodge, situated in Ladysmith’s leafy suburbs in KwaZulu-Natal, offers a unique and upmarket country-style lodge. Thatched roofs and a family atmosphere define the lodge, making it an ideal blend of relaxation and rich South African history. With spacious, comfortable, and pet-friendly accommodations, Buller’s Rest Lodge ensures a memorable stay for you and your furry companions. Enjoy home-cooked meals, unwind at the famous “Boer War” Pub, or bask in the magnificent sun deck overlooking the majestic Drakensberg mountains. Get more info about the accommodation here.
Enjoy uninterrupted hours with loved ones on the North Coast in KZN, specifically in Zinkwazi. Cecelia’s Holiday Manor is a beautiful 3-bedroom, pet-friendly beachfront cottage nestled in the coastal village of Zinkwazi on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Ideal for families visiting the North Coast of KZN, this cottage can sleep 6-8 guests. Key features include a simple house in a fisherman’s village, beachfront with direct beach access, a swimming pool, lagoon and ski boat club close by, easy accessibility by car with plenty of parking, and a spacious garden with beautiful Milkwoods, offering a variety of bird and butterfly life. The property also provides WiFi, good coffee from farm-style coffee shops in the village, ocean views, a braai area, and boma. It follows good cleaning protocols with happy and informed staff. Get the contact details for Cecelia’s Holiday Manor – Beachfront Cottage Zinkwazi here.