The Best Pet-Friendly Camp Sites Around The Country

[Updated March 2019]

Take your best friend camping along with the rest of the family. Go ahead and find the ideal pet-friendly camping spot for you and your four-legged buddy! These beautiful spots around South Africa happily welcome pets any time of the year.

Pet-Friendly Camping

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Eastern Cape

Ocean View Forest Reserve & Guest Farm, Komga

Pet-Friendly Camping

Registered as a Natural Heritage Site with a picturesque view of the sea, this pet-friendly camping spot located about 65km from East London welcomes all animals all year round. Just be sure to call beforehand to make arrangements. There are many hiking trails to do, as well as easy access to great walks for dogs, plus there are three beaches that are an easy drive away.

Price: From R70 per person per night.

Contact: info@oceanviewforestresort.co.za or 060 508 7525

KwaZulu-Natal

Glengarry Holiday Farm, Kamberg

Pet-Friendly Camping

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Glengarry is located in the beautiful Kamberg. This prime location offers an action-packed holiday and relaxation. Simply choose what fits your style best. Glengarry Holiday Farm offers a tranquil Berg experience. It is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains and overlooks the Little Mooi River.

Facilities: There are 40 campsites, all are powered, grassed, partly shaded and have serviced ablution.

Price: R175 per adult, R135 per child, plus an additional R50 per site per night

Western Cape

Klondyke Cherry Farm, Ceres

Pet-Friendly Camping

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Though cherry season only lasts from November until the first week of January each year, this lovely pet-friendly camping spot is a joy all year round. Lovers of serenity will be happy to know that no scramblers or quad bikes are allowed.

Facilities: There is plenty of shade available under the old trees. Eight electrical connection and water points for tents/vans. There are two ablution blocks and two hot water showers.

Price:  R75 per person per night. Free for children under 5 years old.

Contact: info@klondyke.co.za or 087 550 0232

Not in the mood for hauling out the tent pegs? We have more options for pet-friendly places to stay in South Africa.

Secret Falls, Tulbagh

Pet-Friendly Camping

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A truly magical and extremely pet-friendly camping spot, 4x4s are necessary to reach the remote Secret Falls campsite. There are many exciting hiking trails for those seeking an adventure in Tulbagh’s beautiful nature. It is worth renting out in its entirety for a weekend with friends or family. Secret Falls is so popular, bookings must be made months in advance!

Facilities: There are 10 campsites, flushing toilets, hot showers and a pool.

Price: A flat fee of R2,200 per night to book out the campsite. A maximum of 15 people per booking.

Note that Secret Falls is not open to day visitors and is closed during the week.

Beaverlac

Pet-Friendly Camping

A firm favourite with weekending Capetonians, Beaverlac boasts magnificent scenery and is a short walk to a crystalline mountain pool with a waterfall. Friendly and well-behaved dogs are most welcome.

Price: R50 per dog per night, R30 per car,  R70 per person, R40 for those under 18, free for kids under 4 years.

Contact: 022 931 2945

Good to know:
Booking is now required for camping. You will need to register on the Beaverlac website.
Remember to bring your own braai-grid.
To ensure that everyone has a relaxing time no music of any kind is allowed, including car radios, cell phones and drums.
There are no electricity points in the camping area.
The gate opens at 07:00 and closes at 21:00.
There are no card facilities so remember to draw cash.
The shop sells wood, beer, wine, ice, bread, snacks and other basic items.

Khomiesdrif, Riviersonderend

Pet-Friendly Camping

Just 160km from Cape Town, Khomeesdrif Campsite is situated at the edge of a poplar forest, 7km from the town. This is an ideal spot to take your four-legged best friend and the family for a weekend of canoeing on the river, swimming, kayaking and tubing. Avid fishermen will be in heaven. Dogs and horses are welcome all year round by prior arrangement.

Facilities: There are 30 grassed and shaded sites available to choose from. There is an ablution block with solar-powered hot showers (backed up by gas). The bathrooms are wheelchair friendly.

Price: R320 per camping spot a night for up to 4 persons. R80 per person extra – maximum of 6 persons per site. R20 per dog per night.

Contact: bookings@khomeesdrif.co.za or Rykie on 082 937 0053

Klein Kliphuis, Clanwilliam

Pet-Friendly Camping

This lovely West Coast retreat boasts visits from duikers at night and unparalleled star-gazing. Klein Kliphuis is 11km from Clanwilliam on the Pakhuis Pass surrounded by nature. Small dogs are allowed with prior arrangement.

Facilities: Grass campsites with partial shade and a pool to cool off in summer. No electricity but the magic of simple gas stoves and candles.

Contact: 027 482 2564

Limpopo

Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary

This remote bushveld retreat boasts a foefie slide, rock climbing, abseiling, farm dams, mountain bike trails and a mountain spring. The campsites are well-camouflaged by boulders all the better to spot some of the 168 bird species. Campers must be fully self-sufficient.

Facilities: There are two main areas where the campsites are located. All camping areas have hot showers and reed-enclosed toilets. There are fire pits, braai grids, water taps and dishwashing facilities.

Price: R170 per person per night. Children 4-12 years pay half price. Dogs can stay for free.

Contact: Deon and Ankie Richter to book on 082 389 6631 or 015 491 4882

Kazi Mingi Bush Camp, Waterberg

Pet-Friendly Camping

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This remote bush camp is situated on the farm Kazi Mingi, Geelhoutkloof, in the beautiful Waterberg area. Leave behind the bustling city life and embrace the tranquillity under the bushveld trees. You can book the whole camp out for a group of 20 people. Small dogs are allowed by prior arrangement.

Facilities: There are five campsites, each with its own electrical point, braai area and bushveld trees for shade. Central camping facilities include ablution areas, a kitchen, gathering area for meetings and games like darts, a lapa, mini plunge pool and an open-air shower.

Price: R125 per adult per night, R90 per pensioner per night, R90 per child (ages 6-12 years) per night, free for dogs.

Contact: Trudi Nel on 083 255 7590

Northern Cape

River Destiny Lodge, Colesberg

Pet Friendly Camping

This is an ideal pet-friendly camping spot to spend the night on a road trip between Joburg and Cape Town, though it’s so lovely by the Orange River you might never want to leave. Avid fishermen will be happy to know it’s just 15km from the Gariep Dam.

Facilities: 16 camping sites with showers and baths.

Price: R200 per site, R50 per person per night (maximum of six people per site).

Pets are charged according to size: R40 small / R50 medium and large-sized pets.

Contact: info@riverdestiny.co.za or 051 753 0203

Pet-Friendly Camping

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These incredible spots mean your four-legged best friend will get to enjoy the lovely outdoors with you. You’ll have the best time staying at these pet-friendly camping spots in South Africa.

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Disclaimer:

All information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Travelstart will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of this information.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Looking for pet friendly camp sites in the eastern cape.

    • Hi Benita,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You welcome to read our blog, The Best Pet-Friendly Camp Sites Around The Country: https://bit.ly/2Vu5Muo

      Here we mention: Ocean View Forest Reserve & Guest Farm, Komga as a pet friendly camp site in the Eastern Cape.

  2. If you are travelling Route 62, a pet friendly venue which offers camping, accommodation in Safari tents, a small backpackers, and in the building which used to be a Ticket Office, is Calitzdorp Railway Station, which is two minutes away from Calitzdorp itself. There is a communal kitchenette for campers, backpackers, andvtho those booked into the Safari tents. It has a ‘farm’ pool to cool off in, and a licensed bar which is open on various evenings in the week, and Saturdays.
    There is no charge for pets Cheryl, on 0814733232, can be contacted for bookings. E-mail:calitzdorpstation@telkomsa.net. (Posted 28th Oct, 2018.)

  3. As is frequently the case The majority (5 out of ten) of the places given are in the Western Cape. Hundreds of thousands of dog lovers live in Gauteng and cannot afford the time to travel long distance with their dogs. I know of several places within a few hour’s drive; I’d like to find more, but this doesn’t really help.

    • Hi Ngwenya,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Below is a few Pet Friendly Retreats near or in Johannesburg. Hope this helps.

      Hornbill Lodge, Magaliesberg.
      De Zoete Rust, Centurion.
      Blue Roan Country Lodge, Magaliesburg.
      The Rooster’s Nest B&B, Midrand.
      KwaThabisile Game Lodge, Cullinan.
      Stone Hill, Magaliesburg.
      Fralande Guest Flatlet, Pretoria.
      Flintstones Guesthouse, Fourways.

  4. River Goose Campsite Bonnivale also pet friendly. Fantastic camping along the Breede River. Beautifull grass and lots of shade.

  5. I am doing a tour of SA with my miniature Maltese and trying to find a pet friendly caravan park book. Do you know of one and where I could obtain such a gem! Kind Regards Aloma.

    • Dear Aloma

      How was touring SA with your mini Maltese October 2016? Can you recommend any camp sites please? We have a mini poodle and are also planning our weekends away next year and would like to know of any nice and pet friendly campsites. Thanks Sandra van Zyl

  6. wow….I love camping

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