Source: The South African (Extract)
Posted: June 30, 2023

If you’re excited about visiting sunny South Africa, you’re probably daydreaming about beach fun, encountering wildlife, swimming in rivers, climbing mountains, or hiking in forests.

But going on vacation doesn’t mean leaving your beloved dog behind – right?

Good news! Many of South Africa’s popular spots are dog-friendly, so you and your furry friend can enjoy the trip together.


The Garden Route is a renowned coastal stretch with sandy beaches, lush forests, and charming towns.

It’s a favorite route for road trips and offers incredible adventures.

The Garden Route spans 190 miles, starting from Mossel Bay and ending at the mouth of Storms River.

Along the way, you’ll encounter exciting attractions like George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, and Tsitsikamma National Park.

Sea Gypsy Restaurant in Mossel Bay is a wonderful family-oriented restaurant/cafe located by the oceanfront.

They happily welcome pets, so you can bring your furry friend along.

Feel free to pack some treats for your pet and bring their bowls for fresh water.

The Garden Route National Park now allows dogs to visit specific beaches and designated areas within the park.

There are three behavior codes (color codes) for these regions, so make sure to check them before planning your visit.


The Drakensberg region in South Africa is known for its awe-inspiring mountain range, spanning over 200 kilometers.

It’s mainly located in KwaZulu-Natal and features rugged peaks, deep valleys, and breathtaking scenery.

The Drakensberg acts as a natural border between Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal.

It’s a popular destination for weddings, vacations, and hiking enthusiasts.

The Drakensberg offers a variety of pet-friendly accommodations, from campsites to comfortable resorts.

These accommodations provide spacious and secure areas for walking your dog.

Some trails even allow dogs on a leash, allowing you to explore together.

Dragon Peaks is a well-liked resort for outdoor enthusiasts and their furry companions.

They provide camping options for you and your dog, and they also welcome day visitors.


Cape Town, known as “The Mother City,” is a highly sought-after holiday destination in South Africa.

This town offers a plethora of incredible attractions and, importantly, dog-friendly places.

From beach runs to relaxed dining experiences, you’ll find numerous spots where your furry friend is welcome.

If you’re looking for beach vibes, Cape Town has several dog-friendly beaches to enjoy.

Scarborough is a beloved beach known for its breathtaking beauty and dog-friendly atmosphere.

It provides a serene and peaceful shoreline, away from the hustle and bustle.

The luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay warmly welcomes pets, offering designated pet-friendly rooms.

These rooms are equipped with pet beds, bowls, and menus, ensuring a comfortable stay for your furry companion.

Additionally, small-breed dogs are allowed at the Leopard Bar, so they can join you for a relaxing afternoon sundowner.


Kruger National Park is a renowned and vast national park in South Africa.

It is highly regarded as one of the country’s largest and most popular parks.

It offers an exceptional safari experience, showcasing an incredible diversity of wildlife, including the famous big five animals.

Pets are not allowed in the park itself for health and safety reasons.

There are, however, numerous dog-friendly accommodations available in the area.

Some of these accommodations may even offer pet-sitting services during the day, allowing you the freedom to visit the park.

You’ll find wonderful dog-friendly accommodation options near Kruger National Park, including safari lodges, guest houses, private villas, and hotels.

The charming town of Hectorspruit, where Gecko Cottage is situated, is just a 20-minute drive from Kruger National Park, and they warmly welcome your dog to stay.

For those seeking a more luxurious experience, Nkomazi Kruger Lodge and Spa is an excellent choice.


Mpumalanga is a nature lover’s haven with the breathtaking Panorama Route offering an unforgettable road trip.

The route includes the stunning Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, and magnificent waterfalls.

In Mpumalanga, you and your dog can enjoy numerous outdoor activities, such as hiking on scenic trails and exploring thrilling 4×4 routes

Nelspruit’s Happy Hound Bed and Breakfast is the first pet-friendly B&B in the area, offering a pet-friendly restaurant and secure walking paths for you and your furry companion.

With fully fenced cottages, you can leave your pets there with peace of mind, knowing they will be safe and secure.