Portfolio’s resident pooch, Pablo (pictured above!), has recently been looking to sniff his way around the country, so we decided to help him out with a roundup of 7 pet friendly places in South Africa… all of which are happy to open their doggy door, provided you notify them before you arrive!
1. Karoo View Cottages – Prince Albert
If you’re looking for breathing space with place to run, then you can’t beat this beautiful spot in the heart of the Karoo. There are 4 self-catering cottages each with a private patio overlooking an indigenous garden. The pretty village of Prince Albert is within easy walking distance and your canine companion will be sure to enjoy a brisk stroll into town for your morning coffee fix or pancakes at the Saturday morning market, as long as you stop to say hello to all the other dogs along the way of course!
Resident pets: 2 dogs - Jock, a Jack Russell, and Spot, a skippy cross who spend their days chasing cars up and down the fence and 1 cat, Misty.
T&C’s: Pets are welcome but by prior arrangement only as they try not to have more than 1 guest with pets at the same time and like to be forewarned so they can keep their 2 naughty dogs in the house. Dogs should be well socialized and not chase cats!
2. Springfontein House – Free State
A veritable oasis after a long drive through the Karoo, Springfontein House in the Free State is a perfect pet friendly place to stay. A charming “home from home”, this B&B has 5 rooms that are welcoming of visiting pets and the beautiful views over the Karoo countryside will tempt you and your hound to head out for daily walks in the veld.
Resident pets: 3 dogs - Maude, a 3 year-old Jack Russell, Louise, a 7 year-old Jack Russell and Victoria, an 11 year-old Doberman Pincher, and not forgetting Mr Cat!
T&C’s: Owners and dogs need to be considerate of other guests.
3. The Grand Café & Rooms – Plettenberg Bay
Looking for a pet friendly place in Plett? The Grand Café & Rooms has one of the best views on the Garden Route and the good news is that they welcome pets too, well as long as hey are well behaved! We’re sure your pampered pooch will love living the high life, but it is worth bearing in mind that the elevated position means that there is no real garden or space for animals to run so this spot is probably better suited to small & medium dogs who don’t need too much exercise.
Resident pets: Tabitha is the resident Queen Cat
Extra’s: Food and water bowls are supplied plus they provide doggy beds & blankets.
T&C’s: Only small and medium, well-behaved dogs are welcome.
4. Cornerway House – Plettenberg Bay
Another great pet friendly spot in Plettenberg Bay is Cornerway House. With 8 rooms and a beautiful English country garden, your furry friends are sure to enjoy this comfortable, homely house located just a short stroll from the magnificent golden sands of Robberg Beach.
Resident pets: 2 dogs - Hercule, a Bouvier de Flandre and Zebedee, a Shitzu plus Cynthia, the tabby cat local.
Extra’s: Doggy breakfast can be provided on request. There is no charge provided no damage occurs!
T&C’s: Animals are not allowed on beds. Dogs prone to digging might cause some embarrassment for you in this pristine garden!
5. The Retreat at Groenfontein on the R62
This gorgeous farm retreat welcomes dgs and cats and is a very popular pet friendly spot on Route 62. Your dogs will love the amazing walks and trails in the mountains above Groenfontein. All 8 rooms are pet friendly and although dogs are free to roam (the resident dogs are socialized and friendly), cats should be kept indoors as they might be a problems with the resident dogs.
Resident pets: Spikey, a 12 year old Staffie male who is well socialized and friendly with other dogs and LOVES guests. Has had dogs visiting since he was born here so is totally comfortable with other dogs and Misty, a female Ridgeback rescue dog, about 2 yrs old, who is very friendly towards other dogs and people.
Extra’s: Food and bowls are available if required.
T&C’s: Animals should be free of ticks and fleas. The owners do not like them on the beds or sofas!
6. Blue Gum Country Estate - Stanford, Western Cape
Blue Gum is located on a farm and there are lovely farm roads for long runs plus a hiking trail which your dog will love. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace with expansive views over the garden and farm fields while your dogs enjoy exploring the large grounds. There are 5 spacious rooms with private patios and it's location just 2 hours from Cape Town make this a great weekend getaway for the whole family... even the furrier members!
Resident pets: A Border Collie puppy who currently answers to the name Bark, but this may change depending on the whim of his 6 year-old owner!
T&C’s: Pets should be well-travelled, socialised and friendly towards other visitors and staff.
7. Antbear – Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal
The owners of Antbear Lodge in the Drakensberg Mountains love animals so this is a great pet friendly destination. There is plenty of space for dogs to run free and lovely long walks to enjoy together. The pet friendly unit is a fenced in unit with 2 bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom with a jacuzzi spa bath. The unit also includes a basic kitchenette and covered patio. What the fenced in unit means is that you can leave your dog while you explore the area knowing that your “child with paws” is safe and secure which is especially important as there are very few attractions in the area that allow dogs.
Resident pets: There are 7 dogs who react well to dog visitors - 5 ridgebacks and 2 cocker spaniels. Other animals on the farm include chickens, ducks, horses, donkeys, cows and sheep therefore it’s important that your dog doesn’t chase other animals!
T&C’s: Visiting pets should be friendly to other dogs and animals. Owners should bring their own pets beds, food and bowls.
Who knew there were such amazing places for your jet setting pet to explore around South Africa!
Pablo can't wait to visit all of these pet friendly paradises. Which one is top of your list? Or do you have any other favourite pet friendly places to stay in SA. We'd love to hear from you so leave us a comment below...