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Our top pet-friendly places for your furry friends

Our guest blogger, Mike Powell is a writer, traveller and loving pup parent. He’s passionate about his furkids and is always on the lookout for new places to take them. Here he reviews four of our best pet-friendly spots. You can catch him writing about all things dog-related at Dog Embassy.


If you’re planning a getaway and can’t bear the thought of leaving your dogs at home, you’re in luck! We list some of the best pet-friendly accommodation options in South Africa, so no matter where you go you can find a comfortable, beautiful spot for you and your furry friends to stay.

Here are some of our top pet-friendly accommodation options.


The HideAway - Swellendam, Western Cape.

Nestled in the Langeberg Mountains you’ll find a gem that will accommodate you and your four-legged friends in tranquil surroundings. In the morning, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, freshly baked scones and roasted muesli wafts through the air, drawing guests to the breakfast table.

You can take a walk through the picturesque garden, take a swim or even take a short drive to the Marloth Nature Reserve. Here you’ll find a lush forest and magical cascading waterfalls to explore.

Make a day trip to De Hoop or Witsand and walk along the shore, where you may spot some whales. Or take your pups out to Buffeljags Dam, where they can run and stretch their legs and play in the water.

On your return, enjoy sundowners with owners Stephen and Jackie before going out to dinner at one of the restaurants close by. If you're looking for a pet-friendly restaurant, you can try La Belle Alliance which overlooks the Koornlands river.

The HideAway is pet friendly by arrangement only, accepting house pets that are socialised and will not annoy other guests. Before you book your stay, call ahead and discuss your requirements to ensure a happy agreement.


Stone Hill - Magaliesburg, Gauteng

Escape the city to the undulating hills of the Magliesburg, where you’ll find a piece of paradise for both the humans and the pups. Each self-catering cottage has fully fenced gardens to keep your pups safe, with enough space to stretch their legs.

Enjoy a 5km sunset walk with your dogs or take them down to the riverine, but expect your pups to come back muddy! During the day you can take your dogs to one of two doggy pools to cool down and swim.

There are a number of activities close by, including fly fishing and a sunrise microlight flight or gliding experience. This allows you to see Magalies from a different height, flying over game lodges and breathtaking views.

You’re just a short drive away from the Cradle of HumanKind and Sterkfontein Caves where you can take a tour, traveling back to the dawn of time. If you’d like to see wildlife, Stone Hill is a 20km drive away from the Rhino and Lion Park.

There are two quaint restaurants you can take your pup along to - Black Horse and MelonRouge Eatery.


Burnham House - Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal

Who doesn't want to enjoy sundowners while watching the sunset over the sea? This guest house has 5 en-suite rooms that overlook the sea with breathtaking views. You’d need to call ahead and make arrangements, as they only have one guest unit with a garden that can accommodate house-trained pets.

You can choose to relax around the pool or head to the library and game room for some entertainment. Burnham House is situated close to the beach and you can take your pup for a walk along the promenade. Pop in to Rox Coffee, where you can order your pup a tasty morsel while you try their famous croissants.

When you wake up in the morning, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast with stunning panoramic views before heading out to explore attractions that the Zulu Kingdom has to offer, such as Ushaka Marine World or WavePark Gateway.


Plumbago Guest House - Hazyview, Mpumalanga

Hear the distant roars of lions in the evening as you go to sleep at Plumbago Guest House. Situated close to the Kruger National Park on a beautiful banana and avocado farm, you’ll wake up to beautiful views of the surrounding English country gardens.

The guest house staff are happy to arrange a game drive for you at Kruger where you can see the Big Five. You can also explore the Panorama Route from here, taking in Bourke Luck’s Potholes, God’s Window and the Big Swing at Graskop Gorge.

God’s Window’s restaurant is pet-friendly, with a veranda where pups are welcome. You can also take your pets to Harrie's Pancakes, famous for having the best pancakes in the region.

When you stay at Plumbago, make sure to bring your pet's favorite toys, blanket and dog bed. You’ll also have to pack their food and bowls so that they’ll have all their essentials. The furkids won’t be allowed on the furniture and you’d need to make sure to pack a pooper scooper.

There’s an electric fence enclosing the property for safety which your dogs will need to stay away from. For emergencies, they’re situated 30 minutes away from the local vet.


If any of these tickle your fancy and you'd like to enquire about a stay with your furry family, get in touch with our res team on res@portfoliocollection.com. We have a variety of pet-friendly places on offer.