As much as we look forward to a break from the norm and to get away from the hustle and bustle, it’s quite the headache finding pet-friendly accommodation. If you can’t imagine leaving your canine friend at home while you’re out discovering new and exciting places, we’ve got a list of perfect spots that encourage you to take them along.
From R850 per person
A favourite pet-friendly destination that consists of ten fully equipped, luxurious, self-catering timber cottages. Stone Hill is fully fenced off to ensure your pet stays safe and doesn’t end up exploring the walking and mountain bike trail on their own. With breath-taking views of the Magaliesburg mountains, these cottages can accommodate two to six guests, each with a maximum of six dogs per cottage.
Features: swimming pool, full kitchen, electric blankets, selected DStv channels, braai area, aircon, parking on-premises, ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, fireplace and patio.
From R1,950 per night
Barking Beach Cottage is situated 4.8km from the centre of Hermanus and prides itself on being a pet-friendly hotspot for those looking to escape with their dogs. It’s the ideal place to relax by the fire or take your pup for a sunset walk along the beach.
Features: DStv, en-suite, fireplace, balcony/patio, self-catering, television and garden views.
From R700 per night
A peaceful haven in a quiet environment with a rustic farm atmosphere, Villa Lin-Zane is ideal for a quick stay-over or a cosy weekend away. Complete with a beautiful garden and a big swimming pool, your dog will feel right at home.
Features: braai area, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, credit card facilities and parking on-premises.
From R480 per night
From one pet-loving family to another, The Danes on Vaal offers Parys tranquillity on the edge of the Vaal River. Enjoy fishing, a picnic in the park across from the guest house, or walks along the stream with your canine friend.
Features: braai area, parking on-premises, cleaning service, heater, Wi-Fi, kitchenette, tea and coffee facilities and a bar fridge.
From R880 per night
Choose from either the studio, family or duplex suites, all with a spacious living space, large balcony and private braai facilities. Beach Forest Lodge is situated 400m from Ballito’s beachfront and close to the Galley Beach Bar and Grill where your dog will probably be offered a menu before you are.
Features: private patios, braai area, gas braai, undercover lounge area and fire pit.
From R1,410 per night
This beach-view house is just 80m from the pet-friendly Myoli Beach. Myoli’s View offers quality accommodation for a family or group of friends looking to enjoy the sun, water, and playing catch with their canine friends on the beach.
Features: free parking on-premises, hot tub, EV charger and free street parking.
From R400 per night
For an authentic farm-stay experience on a secluded island within the Orange River, this guesthouse offers nature lovers the perfect place to explore the majestic Augrabies Falls and surroundings. The many hiking routes, swimming spots and bird watching sites will keep your dog entertained and wagging its fluffy tail even more than usual.
Features: working farm producing grapes, pomegranates for export, cheese, preserves and cured meats, nearby hiking routes, swimming spots and bird watching sites.
From R800 per night
There’s no better place to break away than in Jock of the Bushveld’s old stomping grounds. Stay in the beautiful 1890s, Victorian-style Kloofhuis Guest House while enjoying everything from birdwatching to hiking and biking. Your dog will love the clean air and open areas to play catch in.
Features: braai area, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, hiking and cycling trails and optional meals.
Dogs have become such a big part of our families; it’s no wonder we want to treat them to a holiday now and again. Wherever you decide to travel to, just make sure to plan for the trip. Pack snacks and stop for regular bathroom breaks to ensure your holiday goes smoothly, and your pet stays happy and healthy.
PETport is a registered pet travel and relocation specialist service, affiliated with major international animal governing body, IPATA (International Pet Animal Transport Association) and ATA (Animal Transportation Association). With international training and hands-on experience passed down from one generation to the next, PETport is the best choice to transport fur babies, fluff babies and feather babies.