10 Dog-friendly places to stay in South Africa

Posted on 20 July 2023 By Jordyn Johnson

Nothing is worse than leaving your furry friend behind when going on holiday. More and more accommodations are making it easier to bring them along so that you can enjoy your time away with your best friend.

Bring your happy pup with you when you stay at one of these ten dog-friendly places in South Africa.

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1. Green Lantern Inn (KZN)

The pet-friendly chalet at the Green Lantern Inn is the perfect accommodation for you and Fido (or insert your dog’s name here). The fenced-in garden will keep your dog from running all over the grounds, but he is welcome to explore the hotel and gardens with you as long as he is kept on a leash.

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2. Hope Cottage (WC)

Nestled within the countryside of Grabouw, Hope Cottage offers a tranquil city escape. The hosts have designated trails for the dogs to walk on with their owners and enclosed gardens to run off their energy when their owner needs to relax with a glass of wine on the porch.

3. Tanglewood Nature estate (NW)

Tanglewood Nature Estate on the banks of Boskop Dam offers a small campsite with camping stands, fully-furnished tents, and fully-furnished self-catering chalets. Dogs are welcome on a leash, and you and your furry friend can enjoy evenings along the water’s edge as the sun sets.

4. Antbear Eco Lodge (KZN)

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Enjoy the beauty of KwaZulu Natal’s Drakensberg Mountains at Antbear Eco Lodge with your doggos. Go on hikes, explore the farm, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of being out in nature.

5. Greystone Lodge (Mp)

Bring your dogs of all shapes and sizes, and the number of dogs is not a limiting factor either at Greystone Lodge near Dullstroom. Each self-catering cottage is fenced, comfortable, and perfect for exploring Dullstroom and Belfast. They also all have a cosy fireplace to curl up next to on chilly evenings.

6. Riverbank Lodge (NC)

Riverbank Lodge is the perfect place for those who love long afternoon braais while watching the sunset over the Orange River. Spend hot days beside the pool and use their dining room for breakfast. Pets are welcome as long as you arrange with the lodge before arriving.

7. Little Forest Guesthouse (GP)

The Pool Cottage at Little Forest Guesthouse is perfect for those travelling with their furry friends. Take a walk to Parkhurst’s Fourth Street and have a look at the bustling boutiques, cafes, and restaurants as you go.

8. Waterberg Cottages (L)

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Leave behind work and city life stress and get to know the beautiful Waterberg Biosphere for a few days. When staying at Waterberg Cottages, you can access a 3000-hectare game reserve, braai facilities, and beautiful scenery. The best part is that your friendly pet is welcome to join you on your bush break.

9. River Rock Lodge (FS)

Plan a getaway to the quaint town of Parys, where you can spend time in their art, antique, and curio shops, indulge in their gorgeous eateries, and take on an outdoor activity or two. Stay at the River Rock Lodge’s Buffalo Thorn cottage and bring your pet along for the adventure.

10. Woodlands Cottages (EC)

This one is for the nature lovers and their dogs. This dog-friendly spot in the Eastern Cape allows you to explore the area’s rivers, beaches, and estuaries. The cottages at Woodlands Cottages are rustic and comfortable, and if you’d prefer to stay onsite, there’s a pool to swim in, a games room to use, and a bar to while away an afternoon.

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