Top 10 pet-friendly accommodation in SA

Have you ever been on holiday and missed your furry kid so much that you couldn't wait to get home? Or, you dream of your furry kids coming on holiday with you? The solution - choose your next accommodation according to its pet-friendliness.

To help you along your way, we've put together a list of the Top 10 pet-friendly places accommodation options in South Africa.

  • Barking Beach Cottage

    1. Barking Beach Cottage, Hermanus, Western Cape

    Barking Beach Cottage, owned by a dog-loving family, is the perfect place to relax with your family, human and canine alike. The self-catering cottage is enclosed by an escape-proof wall and is located within walking distance of a dog-friendly beach. Dog beds, bowls and leads are provided.

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  • Antbear Lodge

    2. Antbear Lodge, Giant's Castle, Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal

    Antbear is a solar-powered eco-lodge located near Giant's Castle in the heart of the Central Drakensberg. It is one of the few places in the Drakensberg where pets are welcome. The lodge offers 15 individually-styled units or varying size, with some of these units fenced off especially for pet owners. Dogs have lots of space to explore, including many on-site dams to swim in.

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  • The Secret Valley

    3. The Secret Valley, Cullinan, Gauteng

    The Secret Valley is a gorgeous four-sleeper stone cottage set on a bushveld estate that promises complete privacy for all guests. The cottage is set on 26 hectares, offering great hiking and MTB trails through the valley, and to the nearby river. Local attractions include the Cullinan Mine Tours and Diamond Jewellery Shop, arts and crafts, and the Dinokeng Game Reserve.

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  • Petersfield Country Cottages

    4. Petersfield Country Cottages, Citrusdal, Western Cape

    Only a two-hour drive from Cape Town, Petersfield Country Cottages are set on a large citrus estate, overlooking the Cederberg Mountain Range. The estate offers a fantastic playground for dogs, and the cottages are spaced far enough apart so that no unnecessary interaction between guest pets takes place allowing for a safe and fun, pet getaway.

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  • Rivierplaas Campsite

    5. Rivierplaas Campsite, Worcester, Cape Town

    Rivierplaas is a working farm that offers a family-orientated camping experience to holidaymakers and their pets. The grounds are peaceful and quiet with large areas to explore, a river, and cosy campsites with hot showers and flushing toilets. There is no electricity on site, so guests are required to bring their own cooking and lighting equipment.

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  • Ducktree Cottage

    6. Ducktree Cottage, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

    Ducktree Cottage is a luxury two and four sleeper, self-catering cottage enclosed by a private, walled garden. It is located within the South Coast village of Munster and is within walking distance of the stunning Glenmore Beach. Nearby activities include hiking, swimming, dolphin spotting and the Umtamvuma Nature Reserve.

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  • Stone Hill Magaliesburg

    7. Stone Hill, Magaliesburg, Gauteng

    Stone Hill is a gorgeous country estate that offers ten fully-fenced, secluded timber cottages, all of which are self-catering and pet-friendly. The grounds are large, at 75 hectares, and include well-maintained MTB and walking trails where pets are free to roam. The cottages are luxuriously furnished, and each one boasts a fireplace.

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  • Farmhouse Hotel

    8. The Farmhouse Hotel, Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast

    The Farmhouse Hotel overlooks the Langebaan Lagoon, offering nature lover's unparalleled views of wild flowers and untouched coastline. The hotel is equipped with a games room, salon and gym, with specific rooms set aside for pet owners and their furry kids. Each pet-friendly room has its own private entrance, with easy access to the hotel's garden.

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  • Mizpah

    9. Mizpah Farm Retreat, Karkloof, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

    Mizpah Farm Retreat is located between two rivers and is close to many of the Midlands Meander's top attractions, including arts & crafts, unique shops, cafes and restaurants, the Karkloof Canopy Tours, hiking and MTB trails. Pets, including dogs, cats and even horses, are welcome at Mizpah. The retreat has on-site paddocks and stables for horses.

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  • Cottage Pie

    10. Cottage Pie, Clarens, Free State

    Cottage Pie, near Clarens, Free State, is a charming B&B offering four en-suite rooms, each with its own entrance. The house is set in a big, English-style garden, bordering an indigenous forest with views over the Golden Gate National Park's sandstone mountains. Pets are welcome by prior arrangement.

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There are hundreds of pet-friendly places to stay in South Africa, located near all major cities, towns and tourist destinations. For a comprehensive listing of pet-friendly accommodation options, click here.

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