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6 Pet Friendly Glamping Getaways

We love ourselves a little bit of camping, and these places have it all set up for you. Glamping at its best in some of the most beautiful scenery to escape from the daily grind. What’s even better? You can take your dog with you, they are all pet-friendly!


Where Agter-Pakhuis Valley, Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3.5 hours

Setting Located in Rocklands in the Northern Cederberg, and surrounded by rugged but spectacularly beautiful rock formations, The Storytellers has three units in total, two of which are pet-friendly: Dassie Den and Tortoise Terrace. With a double bed and a bunk bed in each unit, the tents sleep up to four people and are sheltered from the sun and rain by a discreet roof canopy. The third unit is not pet-friendly, but still worth a mention! Caracal Cottage – which is a small cottage with a luxury safari tent pitched alongside the main structure and caravan.

The lodgings

    • two large luxury tents with a double bed, bunk bed, equipped kitchen and private bathroom
    • all sites have electricity and off-grid lighting and there’s hot water, fridge/freezers, gas stoves and braai facilities
    • WiFI – The Storytellers is a wi-fi free zone. There is also limited cellular reception in the valley (only MTN phones work) – but if you need better internet during your stay, book Caracal Cottage which has LAN internet available.
    • none of the units are fenced

Things to do

  • short walking trails such as the Kloof and Waterfall trails, and easy access to longer hikes such as the Heuningvlei and Perdeberg trails.
  • swimming in the farm lake, river, waterfall, and rock pools
  • Bouldering and sport climbing in Rocklands
  • The Storytellers Fynbos Apothecary (learn how to incorporate medicinal plants into daily life)
  • The Verhaal.Kraal –  a space dedicated to landscape education and conservation, as well as community tourism

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, But only two of the units.
Cost From R650 – R800 per unit per night (season-dependent)

More on their site: The StoryTellers Campsites


Where Bot River
Distance from CT 2 hours

Setting Located on a hidden hill overlooking the Diepklowe Nature Conservancy at Porcupine Hills Guest Farm, this private yurt is surrounded by mountains, streams and extensive flora and fauna, making it an unforgettable reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. Made from wooden beams and draped in canvas, yurts offer all the amenities of a luxury chalet, without any of the dust and schlepp associated with traditional camping.

The lodgings

  • one secluded yurt
  • indoor fireplace and heater
  • outdoor (yet enclosed) bathroom with a hot shower
  • stone deck overlooking the valley below
  • open-plan kitchen with drop-down blinds
  • wood fired hot tub
  • yurt not enclosed
  • WiFI – wifi is available in the reception lounge only – which all guests have access to during their stay, but does not reach the yurt.

Things to do

  • swing under an ancient oak tree
  • hiking trails
  • birdwatching
  • swimming in the dam
  • ziplining through the Overberg mountains with Cape Canopy Tours
  • nearby wine farms, including Beaumont Wine Estate
  • horse-riding

Child friendly? Yes, on request.
Pet friendly? Yes, on request. Doggy Levy applies: R100 per dog per stay. Must bring own dog beds & linens.
Cost From R1 100 for the unit per night (season-dependent)

More on their site: Southern Yurts – Porcupine Hills


Where Between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay
Distance from CT 2.5 hours

Setting Located midway between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay in the wildly beautiful West Coast on Fork West Farm, this site offers guests a tranquil glamping experience.
Set amid a scarcely populated area, behind the sand dunes, in what is rugged, bushy terrain, these luxury tents are your answer to crowdless, chic camping by the seaside, as each tent has private access to an unspoilt West Coast beach.

The lodgings

  • three luxury lodge tents (Fork North, Middle Fork and Fork South)
  • each tent sleeps two adults
  • Fork South includes a stand-alone thatched unit alongside the main tent to sleep two
  • each tent includes electricity, an en-suite bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchenette
  • each tent has a private braai area (firewood is available)
  • tents not enclosed

Things to do

  • unspoilt beach near the farm
  • 400-metre-long airstrip on the farm, which can be used by a light aircraft (by prior arrangement)
  • bird-watching
  • surfing in Elands Bay

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, on prior arrangement. Pet levy of R50 per pet per day. Must bring all own pet bedding, bowls etc.
Cost R1 250 per night for two adults (season-dependent)

More on their site: West Coast Luxury Tents


Where Baardskeedersbos, Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours

Setting Situated on the peaceful outskirts of the small Baardskeedersbos village (affectionately known as “B-Bos” among locals), this off-the-grid glamping retreat in the Overberg offers an uninterrupted sense of tranquility, where sweeping fynbos plains, towering mountains, and picturesque farmland views set the scene for a scenic stay immersed in nature.

The lodgings

  • caravan and eco-tent, each sleeping two adults
  • off-the-grid – solar powered
  • each unit features a fully equipped kitchen
  • eco tent features an en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • private outdoor fire pit and seating area
  • the nearby main house (walking distance) features a large swimming pool, huge fire pit area, pool table, relaxation areas, books, and board games. Although the main house is unavailable for rent, the owners welcome guests to use all the facilities.
  • neither units are enclosed. Owners have own dogs too, but they are quite social.

Things to do

  • stargazing
  • visit the Baardskeedersbos Saturday farmers market
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking trails
  • nearby swimming beaches
  • nearby wine estates (including Lomond, Raka and Stanford Hills)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes.
Cost R600 per person per night

More on their site: Kwelanga BBos Villa Facebook Page


Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours

Setting Situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, in the picturesque Klaasvoogds Valley, Assegai TiPi Village offers guests a unique glamping experience with a twist. This eco-friendly, off-the-grid getaway harnesses all of mother nature’s beauty, without scrimping on luxuries. The elegant and sophisticated tents are large and spacious, and include all that is needed for a comfortable self-catering stay – including indoor fireplaces to ensure winter chills are kept at bay.

The lodgings

  • Paws TiPi camp: two large TiPi tents, one sleeping five, the other sleeping four
  • Magic TiPi camp: one large TiPi tent, sleeping two to five
  • Noy Noy TiPi: the romantic/ exclusive offer – one large tipi tent sleeping two
  • the TiPis have double or single beds, sleeper couches and other furniture
  • Paws & Magic TiPi both have a private outdoor shower and wash basins, complete with hot water from solar- or gas-powered geysers
  • Noy Noy TiPi has an open air bath and shower with a “twist”
  • each TiPi site is allocated its own private ablution block with an inside shower and toilet
  • fully equipped kitchen area
  • private braai area
  • fireplace for the cooler winter nights
  • All tent areas are fully enclosed. Noy Noy is the most pet-safe of all three areas for the heavy escape artist.

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • hiking trails
  • bird-watching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, on prior arrangement.
Cost From R1,500 per night

Read more about Assegai Tipi Village.


Where Yzerfontein
Distance from CT 1 hour

Setting Situated among indigenous flora and large open plains, with the wild ocean in the distance, the tranquil hidden hideaway offers a wonderful feeling of escapism without having to go the distance. Not just a getaway experience, but an educational one too, !Khwa Ttu immerses guests in the ancient history and culture of the San – the first native people of the area.

The lodgings

  • Bush Camp: five tents (each sleeping two to four people), communal bathrooms, a central kitchen and a boma with a fireplace
  • Bush Lodge: four large tents on a platform, each of which sleep two people, with a lounge area, en suite toilet and shower, covered outdoor deck with a small kitchenette, and a private braai area
  • both campsites are solar-powered
  • the tents are not enclosed and relatively close to each other

Things to do

  • game drives
  • San Guided Walks in nature to learn about San culture
  • traditional home cooked meals in the on-site restaurant
  • herbal tea tastings
  • San museum
  • San language sessions
  • cycling and walking trails
  • Firewood is available for purchase

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost Bush Camp: R700 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
Bush Lodge: R950 per night for two adults (season-dependent)

More on their site: Khwa ttu  Bush Camp 


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