Pet-Friendly Accommodations in South Africa
Feb. 28, 2013, Posted by Dylan de Castro
Bidding farewell to droopy eyes that say, “Please don’t leave me… I promise I won’t mess on the carpet again… Please, please, please come back,” is no way to kick off a holiday. It’s heart-breaking to part with your beloved pooch, so much so that it may even prevent you from taking that well-earned holiday you so desperately deserve. You could possibly ask neighbours or family to feed and walk your little fluff ball but that’s not always easy. Neither is putting him or her in kennel. Fret not, there is another way…
Nowadays numerous holiday establishments in South Africa cater for travellers with pets. That’s right; you can take little Lulu with and experience the wonder of exploring, relaxing and just being – together!
Here are five of the best pet-friendly accommodations in sunny South Africa:
Umzimkulu River Lodge – Southern Drakensberg, Kwazulu-Natal
Umzimkulu River Lodge sits on 38ha of countryside land along the Umzimkulu River. There are numerous accommodation options to choose from, with the largest able to sleep 11 guests. All but the log cabin feature indoor fireplaces. Every unit has an individual braai area and is located a few meters from the river, so both you and your tail-wagging companion(s) can sit back and lap up the scenic surrounds. Activities include, amongst others, fishing, bird watching, swimming, boating, hiking and horse riding. There’s also a communal lounge/games room offering table tennis, darts, pool and TV (DSTV and DVD). That said, Umzimkulu River Lodge is ideal for the whole family.
Self-catering from R220 pp per night
Tel: +27(0)31-764 4688 or +27(0)76-237 9112
Keisie Cottages – Montagu, Western Cape
Nestled in the Keisie Valley amongst the breathtaking mountains of Montagu, Keisie Cottages offers self-catering accommodation on the charming fruit and wine farm of Vredendal. You can pick grapes, apricots, peaches, quinces and gooseberries, as well as roses and herbs. There’s a communal garden, gazebo and swimming pool and each cottage features an indoor fireplace and outside braai in addition to everything else you’ll need to enjoy a comfortable yet rustic stay. There’s no cell phone reception or television, making this the ideal retreat for getting away from it all.
Self-catering from R500 per night for a cottage
Tel: +27(0)23 100 0061
Stone Hill – Magaliesburg, Gauteng
Situated a mere hour from Johannesburg, Stone Hill promises a relaxed farm-style getaway in the hills of the Magaliesburg. Choose from 7 fully-equipped, self-catering timber cottages complete with lounges, television (selected DSTV channels), indoor log fireplaces, fully-fitted kitchens, bedrooms, full bathrooms, verandas and braai areas. Better yet, each cottage is individually fenced off for your pet’s safety. There’s a 5km trail on the farm for walks and a number of activities such as fly fishing, candle making and mountain biking are offered nearby. In essence, Stone Hill is a great place to escape to nature without sacrificing luxury.
Self-catering from R900 per night for two guests
Tel: +27 (0)86 447 6893
Cottage Pie – Clarens, Free State
Cottage Pie a thatched home located in the quaint village of Clarens on the Free State Highlands Route, about 17km from the Golden Gate National Park. The house offers three en-suite rooms, each with their own private entrances. Surrounded by indigenous trees, luscious flowers and pristine lawns, this cosy little dwelling sits beside a stream at the foot of a sandstone mountain. Nearby activities include hiking, river rafting, trout fishing, tennis, golf and horse riding, to name a few. There are also several restaurants and pubs in the area. Put simply, Cottage Pie is a tranquil place to relax without feeling that you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Self-catering from R195 pp per night
Langfontein Westbrook Guest Farm – Graaf Reinet, Eastern Cape
A stunning working farm located 50km from Graaf Reinet, Langfontein Westbrook Guest Farm dates back to 1830 and still possesses the charm of that time. Three accommodation options are available, each with their own unique setting and features. Dot’s cottage is the perfect romantic abode for a couple, the 1830’s Cottage is ideal for a family of four and Westbrook, with four rooms and three bathrooms, is suitable for larger groups. Sit back with doggie by your side while the sun sets, play fetch amongst the meadows or take a stroll along the stream. This place is simply too beautiful to describe in words.
Self-catering from R310 pp per night
Tel: +27 (0)82 781 9015
NOTE: It’s best to inform your hosts about your pet(s) in order to confirm that the pet-friendly cottages/rooms are available.
Do you know of any other pet-friendly accommodations in South Africa? Please tell us about them in the comments section below.