20 Pet-Friendly Places To Stay In SA

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Holidaying without the four-legged members of the family is no fun. These 21 idyllic escapes for families and couples around SA welcome pets.

*Though every effort has been made to verify that these spots are pet-friendly it is imperative to check with your host when making a booking.

Western Cape

1. Barking Beach Cottage, Hermanus

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Beach walks, blissful dogs, happy humans and fresh sea air

Sleeps: 6 people, dogs welcome

Rates: R1700 to R1800 depending on the season

Contact: 021 987 1027
barking beach cottage, Hermanus

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2. River Edge Accommodation, Kleinberg Farm, Breede River

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Perfect for messing about in boats, swimming in rivers – the dogs and kids will have a ball

Sleeps: 6, 8 or 10 depending on which cottage

Rates: From R390 pp sharing

Contact: 083 556 4947


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3. Rose Cottage Studio, Constantia

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Chic yet cosy city escape

Sleeps: 2, small dogs allowed

Rates: R550 – R799 nightly for the unit; minimum stay applies during peak season.

Contact: here

4. Rivierplaas Campsite, Worcestor & Hex Valley

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Camp under the summer stars, and take fido along for all the outdoor family fun.

Sleeps: A range of different camp sites with ample room, small pets allowed
Rates: camping R80 pp sharing, R40 for kids, R40 for pet
Contact: 084 710 0139

5. Stanford Hills Estate, Weltevreden Farm, Stanford

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Wine tasting, good country food, river boats and country air awaits

Sleeps: 4, 5 and 6 depending on which cottage
Rates: from R700 per night
Contact: 028 341 0841

6. The Beach House, Witsand

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The ultimate beach escape, luxury seaside living- perfect for a big group of friends, family and the hounds of course.

Sleeps: 5 bedrooms of which 3 are en-suite. 2 Bedrooms downstairs share a full bathroom. It has 2 entertainment areas, 3 decks and a splash pool and fire pit.
Rates: From R3000 – R4500 per day
Contact: 083 658 0700

7. Pietersfield Mountain Cottages, Citrusdal

dekomcottage dieveeposcottageIdyllic country living just 2 hours from Cape Town.

Sleeps: Depends on cottage. Dog breeds and cats welcome all year round on request, except for Stonehaven cottage. Sleep in rooms. Access to walks. Pets stay FREE.
Rates: Valid 1 Feb 2016 – 31 Jan 2017, midweek rates are: R 980 per night for two people, R 1040 per night for 3 people, R 1100 per night for 4 people, R 1200 per night for 5 or 6
Contact: 022 921 3316 No doggie damages deposit required.

8. The Blue House, Stanford

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Gardens, country-markets, cows and family-fun.

Sleeps: 8, pets welcome on request
Rates: the rate is R2000 per night for the house sleeping 8 (A minimum booking of two nights is required) and R 2500 per night from the 11th December – 11th January (A minimum of 5 nights is required for this period).
Contact: Natalie on 082 893 2282 stanford

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9. Lemon Tree Cottage, McGregor

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Discover this tiny country enclave, go olive tasting and chance upon dining gems just an hour from Cape Town.

Sleeps: 4. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an equipped kitchen, and an enclosed back garden.
Rates: From R 300 pp/n R 1200 complete
Contact: Mira Weiner 023 625 1519 & 076 411 9477


10. Lavender Lake farm, Magaliesberg

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Bucolic bliss – take time out from hectic lives and spend time with the kids and pets in a peaceful, country setting.

Sleeps: 6 in cottage or in farmhouse
Rates: Available on request
Contact: 083 289 6641


11. Kloofhuis Guesthouse, Barbeton, Mpumalanga


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This is Jock of the Bushveld’s old stomping grounds. Perfect for a getaway with your best friend.

Sleeps: 8-10 people, pet-friendly on request
Rates: From R350 nightly per person, depending on number of guests and unit.
Contact: 013 712 4268

12. Go Country, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

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Go fishing and take some well-deserved down-time in the country

Sleeps: 2-4 people depending on cottage, pets on request
Rates: Available on request
Contact: 079 699 2279

13. Hartfell, Mpumalanga

Fly fishing, fresh-air, big skies- what more could you wish for?

Sleeps: 6, 8 and 9 depending on which self-catering cottage, pets available on request

Rates: From R250 per person sharing

Contact: Lorna Jones on + (0) 73 604 9259

Eastern Cape

14. St Francis E’s-cape

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This holiday town is perfect for some of that famous Eastern Cape sun. Bring on the good times!

Sleeps:2 adults and 2 young children, suitable even for large breeds of dogs

Rates: R700-R1200 depending on the season

Contact: +41 78 771 51 85

15. Jack-Pot Beach House, Cape St Francis

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You will feel as if you’ve literally struck gold with this prime seaside gem with space for everyone

Sleeps: 9 (2 bedrooms with queen-sized beds and the third with triple bunkbeds, one of which is a double), pets welcome

Rates: From R2000

Contact: here

16. Swell Eco Lodge, Mdumbi, Eastern Cape

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Rolling green hills, laid-back, magical seaside holidays with cows on the beach

Sleeps: 2 adults, 2 kids
Rates: From R375 per person, kids under 6 free, pets welcome on request
Contact: Lee-Ann Sanders on 0723465636


17. Stoney Way Place Cottage, Underberg, KZN

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Mountain biking and fresh-air country living with your four-legged friend

Sleeps: 9, 2 bathrooms, self-catering- pets allowed on request    
Rates: R1650
Contact: 082 562 5591
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18. Umzimkulu River Lodge, Southern Drakensberg, KZN

Tucked beneath the mighty Drakensberg along the peaceful Umzimkulu, you will find your own slice of heaven

Sleeps: from 4, pets available on request

Rates: From R240 per person depending on which cottage

Contact: 076 237 9112

19. Room with a view, Mtunzini

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Visit Northern KZN’s tiny coastal gem, there is even a dog beach for long walks in the surf

Sleeps: 6

Rates: From R350 per person sharing

Contact: here

20. Sierra Resort, Mooi River


Just 3 and a half hours from Joburg, Mooi River is a whole other world

Sleeps: A wide variety of accommodation including 22 chalets which can sleep 4-6 people each, pets welcome on request

Rates: Available on request

Contact: 076 932 8458

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Our Readers Comments

  1. hi
    sad to see you didnt include ours.
    please can you do so in future ?
    we are pet friendly, planet friendly (solar) and kid friendly.
    2 cottages see http://www.blommekloof.co.za

    • Hi Ali,

      We will be sure to consider it when we right our next Blog on Pet friendly places to stay in South Africa

  2. Would like to be on your mailing list to be updated on specials and even more sites.

    • Hi there,

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  3. Please put me on your mailing list for pet friendly places. We have two miniature Dachshunds and will take them with us whenever possible.

    • Hi Bev,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This was a blog we wrote. You welcome to read through it to see which places interest you and where you would like to go stay with your family and pets 🙂

  4. What about Stone Hill Magaliesburg. Divine place at 4 star accommodation! The last would not be complete without them on it!!!

  5. Hi could you please include me on your mailing list for : Pet friendly Caravan sites Only, W.Cape./W.coast thkyou

    • HI Annette,

      I’m afraid we do not specilise in this area of caravans.

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  6. Hi,
    Will you be doing another pet friendly blog for 2016? We love to take our dog with us. There seems to be more pet friendly places in the western cape which is a shame as we live in Pretoria.

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