[Updated February 2019]
Holidaying without the four-legged members of the family is no fun. And finding pet-friendly accommodation can be tricky, but we’ve narrowed down some of the best spots around South Africa. These 20 idyllic escapes for families, friends and couples welcome pets any time of the year.
1. Barking Beach Cottage, Hermanus
Great for beach walks, blissful dogs, happy humans and fresh sea air.
Sleeps: 6 guests, dogs welcome.
Rates: R1,950 per night for the cottage.
Features: Braai area, indoor fireplace, satellite TV, gated security.
2. River Edge Accommodation, Kleinberg Farm, Breede River
Perfect for messing about in boats and swimming in rivers – the dogs and kids will have a ball!
Sleeps: 6, 8 or 10 guests, depending on which cottage. Dogs, cats and caged birds welcome.
Rates: From R560 per person sharing. Pets stay free!
Features: Braai area, indoor fireplace, jacuzzi, satellite TV.
3. The Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay
For a luxurious getaway with your best friend, surrounded by the best views of Cape Town.
Sleeps: Various rooms and suites available. Only small pets are allowed.
Rates: From R3,480 per night.
Features: 3 restaurants, swimming pool, health spa, hiking trails, in-house cinema, conservatory, city tours, minibar, Wi-Fi, breakfast included, pet beds and pet menus.
4. Stanford Hills Estate, Weltevreden Farm, Stanford
Wine tasting, good country food, river boats and fresh air awaits.
Sleeps: 4, 5 or 6 guests, depending on which cottage.
Rates: From R800 per night
Features: Braai area, indoor fireplace, restaurant on premises, jungle gym, hiking trails.
5. The Beach House, Witsand
The ultimate beach escape and 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. Sleeps up to 10 guests. Small breeds welcome by prior arrangement.
Rates: Rent the house from R4,000 per night.
Features: Braai area (fire pit), indoor fireplace, laundry facilities, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, bicycles, fishing rods, splash pool, reading lounge, 2 entertainment areas.
6. The Blue House, Stanford
Beautiful Victorian house with wonderful gardens, country markets, farm animals and family fun.
Sleeps: 8 guests, pets welcome on request.
Rates: from R2,700 per night for the house.
Features: Braai area, indoor fireplace, outdoor patio, satellite TV.
7. Lemon Tree Cottage, McGregor
Discover this tiny country enclave borders a nature reserve, with olive and wine farms nearby.
Sleeps: Up to 4 guests. Pets welcome by prior arrangement.
Rates: From R790 per couple, per night.
Features: Enclosed back garden, outdoor patio, fully-equipped kitchen.
8. Blommekloof Country Cottages
Get off the grid for a rustic, no-frills getaway in the Outeniqua Mountains.
Sleeps: 2 cottages, each sleeping 8 and 6 guests.
Rates: From R300 per person sharing
Features: Fishing, birdwatching, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, enclosed garden areas, jungle gym, braai areas, indoor fireplace.
9. Stone Hill, Magaliesberg
A stone’s throw from Joburg and Pretoria, this is a luxurious home away from home, and all breeds of socialised dogs are welcome.
Sleeps: Multiple cottages sleeping 2, 4 or 6 guests.
Rates: From R925 per person sharing
Features: Braai areas, indoor fireplace, enclosed gardens, splash pool, satellite TV, fully-equipped kitchens, walking trails, aircon.
10. Kloof Bed & Breakfast, Moreleta, Pretoria
Your tranquil escape to nature, a stone’s throw from the city.
Sleeps: Single, double and family units available – sleeps a total of 28 guests.
Rates: From R600 per person, per night. Breakfast is included.
Features: Braai area, indoor fireplace, swimming pool, laundry facilities, satellite TV, undercover parking, 24-hr security, airport shuttle, golf course nearby.
11. Stoneybrooke Farm
A quiet nature escape out of town – ideal for a friends’ or family getaway.
Sleeps: Cottages can sleep 2, 4, 6 or 8. The Gander House sleeps 10 guests.
Rates: From R800 per couple, per night. Dogs stay free!
Features: Swimming pool, hiking and cycling trails, satellite TV, restaurant on the premises, airport shuttle.
12. Kloofhuis Guesthouse, Barbeton, Mpumalanga
This is Jock of the Bushveld’s old stomping grounds. Perfect for a getaway with your best friend.
Sleeps: 8-10 guests.
Rates: From R800 per couple, per night.
Features: Braai area, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, hiking and cycling trails, optional meals.
13. Go Country, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga
Go fishing and horse riding, and take some well-deserved down-time in the country.
Sleeps: 2-4 people, depending on which cottage. Pets must sleep inside the cottage.
Rates: From R770 per cottage, per night
Features: Braai area, indoor fireplace, fishing, horse riding, hiking and cycling trails.
14. Hartfell Lodge, Mpumalanga
Fly fishing, fresh-air, big skies – what more could you wish for?
Sleeps: 3 lodges available – sleeping 6, 10 or 16 depending on which self-catering cottage.
Rates: From R350 per person sharing, depending on the cottage.
Features: Braai area, trout fishing, hiking trails.
15. St Francis E’s-cape
This holiday town is perfect for some of that famous Eastern Cape sun. Bring on the good times!
Sleeps: 3-4 guests, suitable for large breeds of dogs.
Rates: From R1,200
Features: Braai area, laundry facilities, satellite TV, golf course and shops nearby, Wi-Fi, direct beach access.
16. Jack-Pot Beach House, Cape St Francis
You will feel as if you’ve struck gold with this prime seaside gem with space for everyone.
Sleeps: 9 guests (2 bedrooms with queen-sized beds and the third with triple bunk beds, one of which is a double), pets welcome.
Rates: From R2,000 per night,
Features: Braai area, laundry facilities, fully-equipped kitchen.
17. Swell Eco Lodge, Mdumbi
A laid-back, magical seaside holiday surrounded by traditional huts, rolling green hills and stretches of caramel beach sand.
Sleeps: 2 adults, 2 kids.
Rates: From R450 per person, kids under 6 stay free, pets welcome on request
Features: Braai area, laundry facilities, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, spa facilities.
18. Stoney Way Place Cottage, Underberg
Mountain biking and fresh-air country living with your four-legged friend.
Sleeps: 1 cabin sleeps 2, the other sleeps 4 guests.
Rates: From R990 per night, per cabin.
Features: Braai area, indoor fireplace, outdoor patio, Wi-Fi, fly fishing, horse riding, hiking trails.
19. Umzimkulu River Lodge, Southern Drakensberg
Tucked beneath the mighty Drakensberg, along the peaceful Umzimkulu, you will find your own slice of heaven.
Sleeps: 5 guests.
Rates: From R600 per person sharing
Features: Braai area, indoor fireplace, outdoor patio, swimming pool, restaurant on the premises, Wi-Fi, fishing, horse riding, hiking trails, animal farm, jungle gym, mini golf, table tennis, canoes, laundry facilities.
20. Sierra Resort, Mooi River
Just 3.5 hours’ drive from Joburg, Mooi River is a whole other world.
Sleeps: A wide variety of accommodation including 22 chalets which can sleep 4-6 guests each. Pets welcome on request.
Rates: From R1,590 per unit, including breakfast and dinner
Features: Braai area, swimming pool, laundry facilities, restaurant on the premises, fishing, horse riding, hiking trails, quad biking, tennis and squash courts, putt-putt, paintball.
Whether you’re after a quick city break, a luxury retreat, or a quiet getaway in the middle of nowhere, there is no reason to leave your beloved pets at home. Find the ideal pet-friendly accommodation spot where your best friend is welcome any time!
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*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. Prices are subject to seasonality and may change without notice.
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