Pets aren’t just floor decorations and food hoovers; they’re precious members of the family, which means that when it’s time to get away for the holidays, we don’t want to have to leave them at home…we want to bring them with us! Luckily, there are hundreds of pet-friendly accommodations in and around the Cape (clearly, people here are a fan of furry, four-legged friends) so with such an abundance of places to choose from, where should you plan your next getaway?
We’ve compiled a list of our favourites as well as what seems to be the general favourite of local dog owners. Please do note that it’s always the best policy to notify the property of your intentions to bring along your pooch when booking. This applies to all animals. Some guesthouses and hotels have restrictions on the sizes and the breeds of dog they allow into their rooms; some also apply an additional cleaning charge, so it’s best to iron out the details before you arrive. You don’t want to find yourself out of accommodation and out of pocket on the first day of your holiday!
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at our (and your) favourite dog-friendly accommodation and getaway destinations!
Cape Town’s Radisson Red
Located in the V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District, the intelligently designed and bold Radisson RED, Cape Town, features 252 rooms, many of which are dog-friendly. The very mascot of the brand is a Boston Terrier called “Baxter” and the general rule is that domestic pets (dogs and cats only) are welcome so long as they adhere to the Radisson RED’s pet policy.
Address: Silo 6, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: 087 086 1578
The Farmhouse Hotel in Langebaan
At the Farmhouse Hotel, it is believed that a good dog owner enjoys the company of their pet beyond their own home and should, therefore, be able to take them along on holidays. As such, this authentic coastal farmstead – with its beautiful views over the Langebaan Lagoon – offers a variety of dog-friendly accommodations that have separate entrances, easy garden access (or a large balcony), and are decently distanced from other rooms to avoid complaints by other residents.
View the Farmhouse Hotel’s Pet Policy.
Address: 5 Egret Street, Langebaan, Saldanha Bay Municipality
Contact: 022 772 2062
Baleens is a great value-for-money hotel located a stone’s throw from Grotto Beach in the famous whale-watching town of Hermanus. This small, privately owned hotel has 21 rooms – all double, triple, or family rooms – and offers guests access to a suite of great facilities, from the modern conveniences we’ve come to expect (Wi-Fi, television, restaurant and bar, etc.) to luxuries such as a games room, pool table, and heated swimming pool. And, of course, pets are allowed but only by prior arrangement.
Address: 310 10th Street, Hermanus
Contact: 087 550 4706
Montagu Country Hotel
Located conveniently at the halfway point between Cape Town and the Garden Route – and with the Robertson Wine Route on its doorstep – the Montagu Country Hotel is in a prime position to receive holidaymakers this festive season. This comfortable and tranquil Western Cape hotel features a wellness centre, a swimming pool, and its very own restaurant, The Montagu Country Hotel Dining Room, where traditional Karoo fare can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. The Montagu Country Hotel has designated pet-friendly rooms and allows guests to bring one dog or cat for no additional charge.
Address: Corner of Bath & Kohler Street, Central Montagu
Contact: 023 614 3125
South Hill, The Vineyards, Elgin
The guesthouse at South Hill in Elgin is an elegant, sophisticated, and luxury affair with six bedrooms, all of which can be rented as a whole (for large families or groups of friends) or just individual rooms for couples or small families. The beautiful surrounds and facilities offer an abundance of activities, from nature walks, bird watching, and quad biking to alfresco dining in the garden, lawn croquet, and kayaking. Dogs are allowed on request so just be sure to mention your pooch when you call or email to book.
Address: 113 The Valley Road, Elgin
Contact: 083 627 7950
Arniston Seaside Cottages
Named one of “the World’s Best Hideaways” by Time Magazine, the Arniston Seaside Cottages are located in a historic seaside village very close to the southernmost tip of Africa. These luxury self-catering cottages are utterly charming and offer guests beautiful views out over the warm Indian Ocean. Pets are welcome under certain conditions – you’ll just need to enquire when you contact them to book.
Address: Huxham Street, Waenhuiskrans, Arniston
Contact: 028 445 9772
Klondyke Cherry Farm, Ceres
Every year, towards the end, Klondyke Cherry Farm’s orchards erupt into bountiful bundles of sweet fruits that are as fun to pick as they are to eat, making this a favourite destination for locals and overseas visitors. There are a variety of self-catering accommodation options here – the Duckpond Cottage (sleeps two), the Cherry Cottage (sleeps four), The Farmhouse (sleeps eight), and a campsite for the more rustic of travellers. Klondyke Cherry Farm is already home to a number of friendly dogs and while guests are allowed to bring dogs, it’s best to first ask permission when you book.
Address: Klondyke Cherry Farm, Ceres
Contact: 087 550 0232
Sweet Ocean View Guesthouses, Sea Point
Sweet Ocean View Guesthouse is a refurbished Cape Town Mansion located in Sea Point, right along the Atlantic Seaboard. There are five rooms on offer, each of which have been spectacularly furnished and decorated and include en-suite bathrooms, mini-safes, flat-screen TV’s, and the usual assortment of modern conveniences and luxuries. For breakfast, guests can dive into a full spread of English and European continental favourites. Dogs are allowed on request, but charges may apply.
Address: 9 Barkly Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Contact: 021 434 1929
Nova Constantia Boutique Residence, Constantia
The luxury 5-star Nova Constantia Boutique Residence is a tranquil and secluded hotel tucked away in the heart of leafy and historic Constantia Valley. This boutique hotel offers the full suite of luxuries and conveniences, as well as a heated, salt-chlorinated pool, tennis court, bar lounge, library, pool table, and wine cellar, to name but a few. Better yet, Nova Constantia Boutique Residence is dog-friendly! Dogs of any size are allowed for no additional fee.
Address: Corner of Welbeloond Road and Muscat Lane South, Nova Constantia, Constantia
Contact: 021 794 8746
The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
At The Bay Hotel in the trendy, beachfront suburb of Camps Bay, the so-called “Cabana rooms” – with their separate entrances and easy garden access – have been specially set-aside for guests with dogs. The hotel itself has been beautifully designed and offers guests luxury, elegant, and comfortable accommodations in one of Cape Town’s best locations for nightlife and entertainment. And let’s not forget the spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains! Dogs are charged from at R150 per dog, per day (it’s best you confirm this upon booking).
Address: 69 Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Contact: 021 430 4444
Apricot Gardens Boutique Guesthouse, Gordon’s Bay
Apricot Gardens Boutique Guesthouse is a gorgeous luxury accommodation situated on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. With its colourful gardens, uncompromised views of Table Mountain and False Bay, and Mediterranean-styled décor and feel, this boutique guesthouse offers a beautiful and relaxing refuge from the rigors of city life. There are several different rooms on offer (for example, the Vanilla room, the Romance Suite, and the “50 Shades of Blue” Executive Luxury Suite) and dogs are allowed by prior arrangement.
Address: 32 Sweetwaters Road, Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town
Contact: 076 508 64 84
Sauvignon Country Lodge, Wellington
Sauvignon Country Lodge is a Cape Dutch style manor house that has been lovingly renovated to maintain its historic charm while offering guests all the modern amenities and luxuries they have come to expect. Located on a century-old wine farm, this country lodge offers four luxuriously appointed suites: the family room (3 to 4 people), a self-catering apartment (4 to 6 people), a two-person suite, and a 2 to 3-person suite, all of which have gorgeous views of the farm’s fruit orchards, vineyards, and the stately and dramatic mountain ranges beyond. Dogs are allowed on request, but charges may apply.
Address: Addy Street, Wellington
Contact: 078 618 8442
La Petite Dauphine, Franschhoek
The 5-star La Petite Dauphine country house is located on a historic, working fruit orchard, wine farm, and olive grove. The beautiful and picturesque estate lies a mere stone’s throw from Franschhoek Village and all of its world-class attractions, including the Huguenot Memorial Museum, the Huguenot Monument, the Franschhoek Wine Tram, and the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, not to mention the area’s spectacular array of award-winning wine farms and restaurants. La Petite Dauphine allows dogs of any size with a refundable deposit of R200 per stay.
Address: Excelsior Road, Franschhoek
Contact: 021 876 3936
Tierhoek Cottages, Robertson
At the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, nestled in the private Tierhoek Valley, you’ll find a selection of charming self-catering cottages that are perfect for a weekend getaway with the whole family (pooch included), friends, or a loved one. Located on a working organic fruit farm very close to Robertson (and the Robertson Wine Valley), the Tierhoek Cottages offer elegantly furnished and fully equipped accommodations in a beautiful and tranquil environment. Dogs are allowed but only on request so be sure to notify staff when you make your booking.
Address: Tierhoek, Noree, Robertson
Contact: 023 626 1191
Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages, Tulbagh
The newly renovated, well-equipped, and luxurious Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages offer guests with pets a truly magical place to stay just outside the historic town of Tulbagh. These self-catering accommodations, which are located on the Saronsberg wine estate, offer stunning views of the Saronsberg Mountains, the Tulbach valley, and vineyards and, in addition to dogs being welcome (by arrangement), guests will have access to the wine estate’s award-winning range of wines.
Address: Waveren Street, Tulbagh
Contact: 023 004 0435
The Woof Seat from Ora Pets is the solution to travelling with your dog in the car and can also be used as a substitute bed while away on holiday with your dog.
This travel seat is designed for puppies and small to medium breed dogs up to 20kgs in weight. Handcrafted and produced locally, each Woof Seat comes with a highly durable foam inner which provides extra comfort, seats are also raised which means your dog has a better vantage point while travelling with you in the car. Woof Seat covers are made of premium Bull Demin, covers are removable, washable and come in a range of different colours and prints. Each Woof Seat can be secured in your car by using the vehicles seatbelt, Woof Seat Clips are sold separately and designed to help comfortably restrain your dog while in their seat.
Ora Pets are changing the way you travel with your dog in the car. Woof Seats are available via www.orapets.com or through Takealot.com.