Can’t go anywhere without your furry four-legged shadow? There’s no need to leave them behind! We’ve done the legwork and found 10 great pet-friendly holiday spots across South Africa. Plan your pooch into the next getaway!

Western Cape

1. Plum Tree Cottage

Plum Tree Cottage is nestled in McGregor, Western Cape’s mountainous village, and offers cosy accommodation for up to 4 guests in 2 units. The main cottage features a bedroom, fully-equipped kitchen, and lounge with fireplace, while a wooden chalet in the garden provides extra space. Guests can enjoy the fenced-in gardens with a braai area. Pets are welcome upon arrangement.

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2. Blommekloof Sunflower Cottage

Blommekloof Sunflower Cottage is an eco-friendly retreat in Blommekloof, offering a sustainable stay with solar power and off-grid living. With 2 bedrooms, a wood-burning fireplace, and a covered patio with a braai area, it’s a cozy haven. Pets are welcome, and the fenced-in property ensures their safety. Fresh linen, farm-fresh supplies, and free WiFi enhance the experience.

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3. Windfall Cottages

Windfall Cottages in Robertson Valley offers vibrant self-catering units amidst peaceful surroundings. With options for families and couples, each cottage features its own braai area and amenities including a refreshing pool and kids’ activities. The cottages boast fully equipped kitchens, comfortable beds, and scenic views. Plus, you can arrange handcrafted wines and brandy tasting, and pets are allowed upon arrangement.

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4. Ardmore Guest Farm

Ardmore Guest Farm offers picturesque farm-style accommodation in Champagne Valley, Drakensberg. With stunning views of South Africa’s highest peaks, guests commonly enjoy hiking and exploring the area. The farm features an art gallery, weaving center, and comfortable rooms with private fireplaces. Bring your pooch along!

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5. Antbear Drakensberg Lodge

This cosy lodge offers intimate and uniquely designed cottages in a peaceful, natural setting. Each unit features artistic wooden furniture, fireplaces, hair dryers, and complimentary amenities like tea, coffee, and cherry carafes. Pet stays can be arrangement ahead of booking.

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Eastern Cape

6. Ilita Lodge

Ilita Lodge is the perfect base camp to experience the beauty of the Garden Route, and Daddy’s Deals is offering a 3-night stay at the lodge for a bargain. Nestled in the Great Brak River, the lodge offers luxury accommodation with amenities for comfort and convenience. Some rooms are pet-friendly, so your furry friends are welcome.

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7. St Francis E’s-cape

Nestled in the Eastern Cape, St Francis E’s-cape offers a contemporary, double-storey house with stunning village views. The private enclosed garden is safe for pets, making it ideal for furry companions. The house features a large family-size bedroom, flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. With a maximum capacity of 2-3 adults and 2 small children, guests enjoy a spacious en-suite bathroom and a deck for sunset viewing.

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8. Swell Eco Lodge

Located in Transkei’s Wild Coast, Swell Eco Lodge offers catered or self-catered accommodation, perfect for couples, groups, and families. Set amidst the hills of Mngcibe, guests enjoy sea views, whale sightings, and rural life experiences. The lodge features traditional Rondavel structures with modern interiors. Pets are welcome upon request, subject to terms and conditions.

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9. Stone Hill

Stone Hill in Megaliesberg offers 4-star self-catering accommodation with pet-friendly amenities. Each of the 9 units features a fully fenced garden with a private splash pool, braai area, and separate facilities. Units include air-conditioned bedrooms, indoor fireplaces, and baths/showers. Guests enjoy a 5 km walking trail and riverine area for pets.

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Free State

10. Cottage Pie

As cosy as its name, Cottage Pie is nestled in Clarens on the Free State Highlands Route, offers a tranquil retreat amidst the Maluti Mountains. The vintage-themed thatched home features 4 en-suite units with separate entrances, surrounded by an English Country Garden. Small dogs are welcome with prior arrangements. Guests can relax in the garden, enjoy hiking trails, and use braai facilities.

Find out more here.


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Article was originally written and published by Savanah Douglas for Getaway Magazine.

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