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The Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites in South Africa

Are you planning a camping trip and don’t want to leave your furry friend behind? Luckily, there are many pet-friendly camping sites in South Africa that offer a beautiful natural experience for you and your pet. This article lists fantastic camping sites in the Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Limpopo.

Pet-friendly camping sites in the Western Cape 

 Beaverlac

Beaverlac camping site grounds. Pet-friendly camping sites.
Beaverlac camping site grounds. Image Source: Beaverlac.co.za

Beaverlac, located in a remote 5,000-acre valley high in the Olifants River Mountains above Porterville, has cottages and campsites to enjoy. This is one of the most picturesque pet-friendly camping areas in the Western Cape, with rooms that can accommodate up to 800 people and big grassy fields and grounds. Beaverlac is a terrific location if you want to explore nature with your furry friend. Numerous wildlife species, like the Grysbokkie, Honey Badger, and African Wildcat, call the Beaverlac region home. Beaverlac is a true birder’s paradise thanks to its diverse bird population, which includes imposing black eagles, jackals, and bright sunbirds.

Facilities

  • A shop that sells wood, beer, wine, ice, bread, snacks and other basic items

Find out more about Beaverlac here.

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 Rivierzicht River Resort

Landscape Rivierzicht River Resort. Pet-friendly camping sites. Pets24
Landscape Rivierzicht River Resort. Image Source: Rivierzicht-resort.com

In the heart of the Robertson Valley, between vineyards and orchards, lies the Rivierzicht River Resort on the Breede River, 13km before Robertson. Rivier River Resort is a pet-friendly camping site in the Western Cape. There are so many activities to do at Rivierzicht River Resort; you can go fishing, kayaking, bird watching, swimming, hiking, or horseback riding. They have different accommodations: self-contained cabins, tented apartments or traditional campsites along the Breede River, where you can enjoy the quiet and peaceful natural environment. They are dog ​​friendly, but your dog must be well-behaved and kept away from the bed and furniture if you choose a cabin.

Facilities

 

  • Suitable for caravans and tents 
  • Grass Covered 
  • All sites have 15 ap power 
  • Braai area is available on each site. Bring your own braai
  • Water tap basin 
  • Most of the camp terrains are suitable for fishing 
  • Trees/shading on  most sites

Find out more about the accommodation here.

 Umshanti

Boat on dam in Umshanti pet-friendly camping grounds in the Western Cape. Pets24
Boat on dam in Umshanti pet-friendly camping grounds. Image Source: Umshanti.co.za

Umshanti is peaceful, tranquil, and exciting, and it is one of the best camping sites in the Western Cape. This camp is so popular that you have to book months in advance, and best of all, no day visitors are allowed. Umshanti is only 9 km from the historic town of Swellendam and approximately 250 km from Cape Town. The picturesque Langeberg surrounds Umshanti in the background. You can go on a boat cruise with the whole family at Umshanti. You can bring your boat or go on the Kosie se Boot, a double-decker boat that crosses the Buffelsjag Dam. It has an open terrace with a braai, bar and toilets and can accommodate up to 35 people. Other activities include horse riding, cycling, wine tasting, mountain biking and much more. Pets are allowed at Umshanti on request.

Facilities

  • 3×3 m shade covering
  • Electricity
  • Wooden table
  • Braai facilities
  • Three ablutions
  • Shower
  • Toilet and a basin
  • Facilities for washing dishes and a freezer are available.

Find out more about Umshanti here.

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 Klondyke Cherry Farm

Klondyke Cherry Farm accommodation. Pet-friendly camping sites
Klondyke Cherry Farm accommodation. Image Source: Cherryfarm.co.za

You can find Klondyke Cherry Farm, situated 30km from Ceres town in the Koue Bokkeveld, Western Cape. It is a pet-friendly cherry-picking farm where you can pick your cherries in the cherry season. The farm has snowy winters where you can have tons of fun with your fur babies in the snow. Klondyke Cherry Farm would love to meet you and your pets; just bring their beds too. The farm has three fully equipped and pet-friendly self-catering cabins and a campsite in a great location.

Facilities 

  • Lots of shade under the old trees
  • 12 electrical connection
  • Water points for tents/ vans
  • Two ablution blocks
  • 2 hot water showers
  • Picnic tables
  • braai drums (with flat grids)

Get more details about the camping site here.

 Silwerstrand Caravan Park

People sitting on SilwerStrand Caravan-Park, next to a body of water. Pet-friendly camping sites. Pets24
People sitting on SilwerStrand Caravan-Park, next to a body of water. Image Source: Silwerstrandcaravanpark.co.za

Silwerstrand is a private resort set against the backdrop of the Langeberg Mountains. The estate has one of the most beautiful pet-friendly camping sites, and it’s the perfect base for exploring a valley famous for its wines and natural beauty. While day visitors are allowed, campers gain exclusive access to the river that runs through the estate. The park has 60 campsites and caravan sites, electricity power points, kitchen amenities, and braai-friendly and wheelchair friendly.

Facilities

  • Hot & Cold Showers
  • Toilets
  • Power Points
  • Tent Stands
  • Kitchen
  • Washing
  • Braai Facilities
  • Playground
  • Wheelchair Friendly
Find out more about the camping site here

West Coast Luxury Tents 

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Located on Fork West Farm, midway between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay on the breathtakingly gorgeous West Coast, West Coast Luxury Tents offers guests a peaceful glamping experience. This pet-friendly camping holiday in the Overberg offers undisturbed tranquility overlooking vast Fynbos plains, towering mountains and picturesque farmland, offering a luxurious retreat in the heart of nature.

  • Private bathroom
  • Free parking
  • Balcony
  • Braai facilities
  • Kitchenette
  • Shower
  • bed

Get the contact details of the accommodation here.

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Kwelanga BBos Villa

Kwelanga BBos Villa accommodation
Airbnb.co.za

Kwelanga BBos Villa  is situated on the peaceful outskirts of the small Baardskeedersbos village. This self-contained glamping holiday in the Overberg offers undisturbed tranquility overlooking vast Fynbos plains, towering mountains and picturesque farmland, offering a luxurious retreat in the heart of nature.

  • Outdoor shower
  • Balcony
  • Braai facilities
  • bed

Find out more about the glamping spot here.

Assegai Tipi Village

Safarinow.com

Visitors may enjoy a distinctive glamping experience with a twist at Assegai Tipi Village. Assegai Tipi Village is a pet-friendly camping site in the Western Cape. It is an off-the-grid, eco-friendly hideaway that makes the most of mother nature’s splendour without sacrificing comfort. The stylish and modern tents are spacious and comfortable, equipped with everything you need. You can go swimming, hiking and bird-watching at the accommodation.

  • Double bed
  • Teepee tent
  • Shower area
  • Bathrooms
  • Shower
  • solar lighting

Find out more about the accommodation here.

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Pet-friendly camping sites in Kwa-Zulu Natal

Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort 

Dragon-Peaks-Mountain-Resort. Pet-friendly camping sites. Pets24
Dragon-Peaks-Mountain-Resort. Tripadvisor.co.za

The family-orientated Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort provides beautiful shady, grassed, paved caravan and camping sites with electrical points and three ablutions facilities.  Sculleries and coin-operated laundries are also provided for the convenience of their guests. Dogs are welcome on Caravan and Camping sites only, however, they must be kept under strict control and are not to chase poultry and other livestock. A maximum of 2 dogs per site are allowed.

Facilities:

  • 3 ablutions
  • Brick braai,
  • TV connection (1,2,3,e & video channel)
  • Electrical points on all sites.
  • Our 140 sites are serviced by three ablutions.
  • The sites have a mix of the standard 15amp and new 16amp electrical connections. Both the 16amp connection and television coaxel cables are available for hire or purchase.

Get the contact info for the campsite here.

Pet-friendly camping sites in Limpopo

Grootfontein Wildlife Estate

Grootfontein Nature Reserve. pet-friendly camping site. Pets24
Grootfontein Nature Reserve. Image source: Afristay.com
Grootfontein Wildlife Estate is a beautiful and rustic pet-friendly camping site near Thabazimbi, Limpopo. It has 4 camping sites, ablutions, braai areas and a splash pool with stunning views! Perfect for a large group! Grootfontein is proudly Pet friendly so you can feel comfortable bringing your furry children along! They also have a small bachelor lodge at the campsite for non-camping enthusiasts who still want to join the camping group.

Facilities 

  • Braai areaS
  • Splash pool
  • Flushing toilet
  • Hot paraffin shower
Get the contact info for the campsite here.

Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary

Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary. pet friendly camping
Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary. Image source: Tripadvisor.co.za

Thabaphaswa is located in Mokopane, Limpopo. Thabaphaswa has over 40 campsites that are far apart for more privacy, and they are spread out in the bush under trees that provide adequate shade. Each can accommodate at least two tents/trailers/caravans, although there are campsites that can accommodate eight tents or more for larger groups of campers.

Facilities:

  • Hot showers and reed-enclosed toilets.
  • Individual campsites have fire pits, braai grids, water taps and dishwashing facilities.
  • Movable shower stands for cold showers
Get the contact info for the campsite here.

Pet-Friendly Camping Tips

  • Always call ahead to confirm pet policies
  • Keep dogs leashed and cats confined at all times
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Ensure pets are up-to-date on vaccines
  • Bring pet food, bowls, tie-outs, litterbox, medications, etc.
  • Know emergency vet clinics nearby

Before booking a pet-friendly camping site, check the rules and regulations regarding pets. Most campsites require that campers clean up after their pets and keep them on leashes. These fantastic camping sites in South Africa offer a variety of activities so that you and your pet buddy can have a lovely camping experience. If you are looking for more pet-friendly South African getaways, click here. You can also have a look at our pet-friendly accommodation listings here. 

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4 COMMENTS
  1. I’m interested in the Crooked Tree accommodation. We are 3 adults & 2 collies. What is the cost for camping? Chalets? And cottages?

    • Hi Kate, Thank you for your inquiry about Crooked Tree accommodation. To get detailed information about the cost for camping, chalets, and cottages, we recommend connecting directly with the accommodation through our Pets24 platform by clicking the link. It’s the best way to inquire about your specific needs and get personalised assistance.

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