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Spring and Summer Delights: Pet-Friendly Adventures in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town

As the sun casts its golden glow over South Africa, there’s no better time to embrace the great outdoors with your beloved four-legged companion. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor to Johannesburg, Durban, or Cape Town, there are a plethora of pet-friendly activities that will make tails wag and hearts soar.

Pet-Friendly Activities around Johannesburg

Pet-Friendly Restaurants Around Johannesburg 

 1. Arbour Café

Arbour cafe with lights hanging from the ceiling

Nestled behind the chic shops of Wrenrose Court, the enchanting ‘Arbour Café and Courtyard’ offers a pet-friendly haven with a French-inspired twist. This whimsical eatery provides a soul-nourishing experience for both you and your furry friend. Enjoy crepes and café delights while your pet relaxes in the leaf-dappled courtyard. Find the Arbour Café’s contact details by clicking here.

 2. The Wild Side

The Wild Side restaurant with green walls

For bold flavours and untamed tastes, head to ‘The Wild Side.’ With an extensive selection of Malfy Gin, Pernod Ricard, quality wines, and cocktails that range from classics to the utterly insane, this is where you go to feel free. The pet-friendly atmosphere ensures an incredible afternoon of food and adventure. Find The Wild Side’s contact details by clicking here.

 3. Cnr. Café

Corner Cafe restaurant at night. Pet-friendly activities around Johannesburg

The friendly neighbourhood ‘Cnr. Café.’ Offering comfort and a lively sundowner culture, this bistro is perfect for relaxed dining. When evening descends, the outdoor setting is illuminated by candles, creating a warm ambiance. Plus, your furry friend is welcome to join you for some delicious moments. Find the pet-friendly Cnr. Café’s contact details by clicking here.

Discover more pet-friendly restaurants in Johannesburg here.

Pet-Friendly Parks in Johannesburg 

 1  James & Ethel Gray Park

Trees on the lawn at James & Ethel Gray Park

Located in the upscale Birdhaven neighbourhood, this park is a paradise for dog walkers. With the Sandspruit River flowing through 36 hectares of pristine landscape, winding paths, clean facilities, and native flora it is an ideal spot for unleashing your fur baby. Get more details about James & Ethel Gray Park here.

 2  The Wilds Nature Reserve

Landscape with grass and trees at The Wilds Nature Reserve

Escape the bustling city at The Wilds Nature Reserve, a tranquil oasis where you and your pet can enjoy a peaceful picnic or stroll. Shaded areas offer respite from the sun, making it a delightful day out. Get more info about the park here.

 3  Emmarentia Park

Pathway in the middle of trees and lawn at Emmarentia Park

Emmarentia Park in northern Johannesburg offers a stunning natural escape for families and their pets. Your dog can frolic off-leash on the peaceful lawns, and wooden chairs dot the landscape for moments of calm. The Emmerentia dams provide a cool oasis for your furry companion. Get more info about Emmarentia Park here.

 4  Walkhaven Dog Park

Walkhaven Dog Park. Pet-friendly activities around Johnnesburg

With 22 hectares of rolling grassland, Walkhaven Dog Park is a pet paradise. There are hiking trails, picnic areas, and two dams for your dog to swim in. The best part? Your pet can roam leash-free and socialize with fellow furry friends. Find out more about Walkhaven Dog Park here.

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Pet-Friendly Hiking in Johannesburg

1. Huddle Park Golf and Recreation

Buildings at Huddle Park Golf & Recreation surrounded by grass. Dog-friendly Hiking Trails in Gauteng. Pets24

Huddle Park in Linksfield is a haven for dog walkers, with various routes to explore, catering to different fitness levels. The park offers a range of outdoor activities, including golf, ziplining, and nature walks, with clearly marked dog-friendly hiking trails for a delightful experience. Find out more about the park here.

2 Gemmil Park

Gemmil Park landscape. Dog-friendly Hiking Trails in Gauteng. Pets24

Gemmil Park is great place to walk with the kids and have picnics in the park. There are art pieces to admire, benches for you to sit on and water to soak in. It takes about 30 min on average to complete this trail. It’s one of the most popular trails for walking in the area and you can still get some peace and quiet during the quieter hours of the day. The park is dog-friendly and dogs are allowed in the park in some areas. Get more details about the park here.

3. Delta Park

Landscape of Delta Park. Dog-friendly Hiking Trails in Gauteng. Pets24

Delta Park is a popular dog-friendly hiking trail in Johannesburg, offering a moderately challenging 8.9-kilometer loop with stunning views and a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. Dogs are welcome and can be kept on a leash in specific areas. Find out more about Delta Park here.

Find out more dog-friendly hiking trails around Gauteng here.

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Pet-Friendly Activities around Durban

Pet-Friendly Restaurants Around Durban

 1. Bike & Bean Beach

People sitting and walking in the sitting area of Bike And Bean pet-friendly restaurant around Durban

Located on Durban’s vibrant beachfront, Bike & Bean Beach is a pet-friendly destination where you can savour a cup of coffee, baked goods, or a delicious meal while enjoying stunning ocean views. Your pup can be served with a water bowl and even a doggy cappuccino. Get more details about the coffee shop here.

 2. The Galley Beach Bar and Grill 

Pet-friendly activities around Durban. The Galley Beach Bar and Grill

Situated on the Dolphin Coast beachfront, The Galley Beach Bar offers an unforgettable dining experience. Their chefs create dishes with a fusion of flavours, including seafood platters and famous Mexican chilli nachos. The dog menu ensures your furry friend enjoys the experience as much as you do. Find out more about the restaurant here.

 3. Old Town Italy Umhlanga 

Old Town Italy Umhlanga. Pet-friendly activities around Durban.

Old Town Italy in Umhlanga is a popular spot for authentic Italian cuisine. You can enjoy dishes like Neapolitan pizza, fresh salads, and more. Your dog is welcome on the outside seating area, making it a delightful experience for both you and your furry companion. Get more details about the restaurant here.

Pet-Friendly Hiking Trails around Durban

1. Zinkwazi Beach

Zinkwazi beach dog-friendly hiking trails around Durban.

Zinkwazi Beach offers scenic trails for hikers, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re interested in historic sights or immersing yourself in nature, Zinkwazi Beach has something for hikers of all skill levels, and dogs are welcome to join you on your adventure. Get more info about Zinkwazi Beach here.

3. Blythedale Forest Walk

Blythedale Beach hiking trail. Dog-friendly hiking trails around Durban. Pet-friendly activities. Pets24.

Experience the tranquil beauty of Blythedale Forest Walk, a 4.2-kilometer loop trail of moderate difficulty in KwaDukuza NU, Kwazulu-Natal. It’s an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll with your dog on a leash, and you’re unlikely to encounter large crowds. Get more info about Blythedale Forest Walk here.

4. Somerset Park Walk

Somerset Park Walk. Pets24

Near Umhlanga in Kwazulu-Natal, the Somerset Park Walk offers a 1.9-kilometer out-and-back trail, perfect for a relaxing walk with your dog. The area is not usually crowded, so you can enjoy a peaceful stroll with your four-legged friend. Get more info about Somerset Park Walk here.

Find more pet-friendly hiking trails around South Africa here.

Pet-Friendly Activities around Cape Town

Pet-Friendly Restaurants Around Cape Town

 1. The Foodbarn Deli Shop

People dining at The Foodbarn Deli Shop restaurant. Pets24. Pet-friendly restaurants Cape Town

Indulge in delicious meals like croissants and cakes at The Foodbarn Deli Shop, a great pet-friendly restaurant for a lovely breakfast. The staff is welcoming to pets, providing water bowls and sometimes even treats. You can also enjoy their tasty tapas options too. See more details about The Foodbarn Deli Shop here.

 2. The Lighthouse Cafe

Inside The Lighthouse Cafe restaurant. Pet-friendly restaurants in Cape Town

Discover a hidden gem in Cape Town at The Lighthouse Cafe. With delicious food, a charming ambience, and a pet-friendly attitude, it’s perfect for a casual breakfast or lunch. The cosy restaurant serves warm, wholesome meals generously. Get more details about The Lighthouse Cafe here.

 3. Massimo’s

People dinning at Massimo's. Pet-friendly restaurants Cape Town. Pets24

Massimo’s is an Italian restaurant that’s an eventful experience for the whole family, complete with a menu for your dog. Enjoy flavorful pizzas and pasta in a rustic setting, with old silent movies projected on the walls during dinner. Your dog can enjoy a meal from the dog menu while making new furry friends. See more details about Massimo’s here.

Discover more pet-friendly restaurants around Cape Town here.

Pet-Friendly Hiking Trails around Cape Town

1. Pipe Track from Kloofnek

Pipe Track from Kloofnek. Pets24. Hiking trails in Cape Town

Explore the stunning Pipe Track from Kloofnek, a trail offering excellent views of Camps Bay, the 12 Apostles mountains, and a cool, shady atmosphere. It’s a popular choice for hiking, running, and walking. Dogs are welcome and may even roam off-leash in some areas. Get more details about Table Mountain National Park here.

2. Paradyskloof Waterfall

Paradyskloof Waterfall

Experience the beauty of the Paradyskloof Waterfall trail, a 5-kilometer route that leads through a pine forest and into fynbos. You can relax by the waterfall and enjoy the serenity. This moderately difficult trail is open year-round, and dogs are welcome on a leash. Get more details about the park here.

3. Boschendal

boschendal hiking trail. Pet-friendly activities

Boschendal offers a range of hiking, cycling, and running trails against the backdrop of stunning farm scenery. Choose from 5 km and 10 km running trails with mountain views. Your furry friend can join you on these invigorating adventures, and they must be kept on a leash while exploring. Get more details about the park here

Discover more pet-friendly hiking around Cape Town trails here.

Pet-friendly Wine Farms around Cape Town 

 1.  Nitida

Nitida dog-friendly wine farm. pet-friendly activities. Pets24

Nitida, located in the Durbanville Wine Valley, offers pet-friendly restaurants, wine-tasting areas, and even cannon shooting. The tasting room has a rustic charm, and dogs are welcome to join you. Enjoy a variety of tasting options and kids’ tastings. Find out more about Nitida here.

 2. Webersburg Wine Estate

Webersburg Wine Estate dof-friendly wine farm.

This family-owned estate in Stellenbosch features outdoor seating under large oak trees and by a serene dam. It’s a perfect place for your dog to roam and enjoy the natural surroundings. Ducks swimming in the dam and breathtaking mountain views create a picturesque backdrop. Get more info about the wine estate here.

 3. Warwick Wine Estate 

pet-friendly activities. Pet-friendly wine farms

The Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is renowned for its picnics, offering a wide range of options. Your dog is welcome in the outdoor areas, where they can frolic while you enjoy scrumptious meals and wine. With family-friendly spaces and lovely views, it’s a fantastic spot for a day out with your furry friend. Get more info about the wine estate here.

With these pet-friendly activities in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, you and your furry companion can enjoy the best of South Africa during the beautiful spring and summer seasons. Whether you’re dining at charming cafes, exploring picturesque parks, or hiking scenic trails, you’re sure to make unforgettable memories. Enjoy your time in these vibrant cities with your beloved pet!

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    • Hi Ntsapo, Absolutely! Camping with family, parents, children, and fur babies in such beautiful places is incredible. The views add that extra magic.

    • Hi Frans, While our content may focus on furry friends, we’re thrilled to hear you find our information interesting for outdoor excursions. Cheers to exploring the great outdoors.


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