Furrrendly Hikes, Walks & Parks
in South Africa
CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE
CONSTANTIA NEK AND KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS
This easy walk is approximately 6 km and takes up to 2 hours to complete. With an abundance of maintained greenery and Table Mountain as your background and ending up in the most beautiful garden in Africa the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Once there the walk can continue with your pets on their leash and remember that owners are expected to pick up after their pets.
Next to Newlands and with stupendous views of Table Mountain this is the perfect place to get in some exercise with a stroll, a run or a bike ride, and most of the trail is in the shade making it the perfect place for those hot summer days. Remember to get your pet activity permit when bringing your fur kids.
LEADVILLE DOG PARK
Situated in Sunningdale and with the park split into various sections to accommodate shy and social dogs, this off-leash park allows dogs to run and play at their leisure, there is a fountain that they can frolic in when the weather is hot. They need to be supervised while in the park and owners must pick up after their pets. The site also has a vet shop, rehab centre and is home to a dog behaviourist, and not to forget our human friends a Expresso Bar.
TULBAGH, WESTERN CAPE
An hour’s drive from Cape Town, Silwerfontein Hiking Trail is on a farm in the Voëlvlei Nature Conservancy in the Tulbagh Valley. The 15km hiking trail summits on the 815m peak of Ontongskop. You can choose to do this over one or two days and there are overnight facilities on the farm, there is also a cave near the top of Ontongskop for those that like to brave the elements.
MOSSEL BAY, WESTERN CAPE
ST BLAIZE HIKING TRAIL
Close to Mossel Bay lies a 13,5km trail which runs along the cliffs from St Blaize to Dana Bay, you can choose to either run this trail or a hike will take you around 6 ours dependant on your fitness levels. The views of the ocean are out of this world and marine life such as dolphins and sharks can be easily spotted from this vantage point. The walk also boasts a wide variety of bird life that you can enjoy along the way. Remember to get your activity permit when bringing your fur kid along.
HUDDLE PARK GOLF AND RECREATION
Various Trails ranging from 2,5 to 5 km offer safe and easy walking/running trails. Socialised and trained dogs may be let off leash while in the dog walking areas. A variety of birds, plants and insects can be viewed along the way.
WALKHAVEN DOG PARK
Just north of Johannesburg and created specifically for our furry friends, with stunning views overlooking two dams (where dogs can engage in a bit of fun) and run and play to their hearts content. There is also a restaurant on site that will cater for the humans that accompany their pets.
About 90 minutes from Johannesburg, Kranskloof is situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg, offering two hiking trails, both are well marked and are around 10km. Rambling streams and artistic rock fromations form part of the hike with amazing flora along the way.
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE
The 8km circular route is along the coast in the Schoenmakerskop-Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve, the trail takes around 3 hours with stunning sea views, you can also stop off at the cannon which points towards the wreck site of the Sacramento, which sank there in 1647.
UMHLANGA LIGHTHOUSE BEACH
Located near the Oyster Box Hotel and with the Indian Ocean as your company, this idyllic setting in front of the lighthouse creates the perfect environment for photographic memories that you make with your dogs, but remember you dog needs to be kept on a leash at all times.
This is an Eco farm situates less than an hour out of Middelberg has 6 dog-friendly trails, with an array of bird life and more than 80 species of indigenous trees.
Buffalo Gorge is a pet-friendly eco-adventure farm about 36km outside Middelberg. As well as quad-biking, horse-riding, abseiling and rock-climbing, there are six dog-friendly hiking trails varying in length and difficulty. The trails offer opportunities for abseiling, bird-watching and tree-identificaton (there are more than 80 species of indigenous trees on the farm). The indigenous forest is also home to fronted bee-eaters, duiker kudu, warthogs and black eagles to name but a few.