Eastern Cape is quite possibly one of our most beautiful provinces, yet quite undiscovered and infrequently travelled to. It has a wide mix of places to visit from the coastal cities such as Port Elizabeth and East London to the more vacation driven towns such as Cape St Francis and Coffee Bay; then heading inland to discover some beautiful, sometimes arid destinations of Graaf-Reinet and Cradock - known for some beautiful hiking trails and 4x4 routes.
Recently it has started offering more dog-friendly places, including a few restaurants and accommodations, but most of the nature reserves are still not allowing dogs. Luckily many 0f the places you'll stay more north, away from the coast, usually offers their own hiking trails, whereas coastal towns are a bit more tolerant due to their more touristy nature.
We like to choose where to go based on what it has to offer us and the experience. Eastern Cape choose from beach town getaways or more rural farm stays in-land.
Some of our favourite destinations include: Cape St Francis Bay, Coffee Bay, Grahamstown and Cradock.
|Out & About||Generally establishments around the Eastern Cape are quite open to receiving smaller, well-behaved pets as they're so used to people using it as a stop-over destination en-route further north (or south), but do check with the establishment prior to your arrival.|
The Eastern Cape is quite varied in what it has to offer, and pet-friendly activities are still a little more limited. The coastal towns are usually a little more open ito pet-friendly activities, whereas if you're looking for more of outdoor adventure and hikes, expect to find those usually reserved for farm-stays as opposed to hiking trails or nature reserves, which are still not quite pet-friendly.
If you’re up for some outdoor fun, we suggest you try these activities:
- Sacramento Trail/Schoenmakerskop Dunes - an 8km walking/hiking coastal trail along the ocean with grand views and scenery. It connects the small village of Schoenmakerskop (that has a coffee shop/ restaurant). Watch out for snakes on the route.
- Kei Mouth
- Morgan Bay
- St Georges Park - Port Elizabeth
- Kellys Beach, Port Alfred
- Kariega Beach, Kenton on Sea
- Middle Beach, Kenton on Sea
- Kleinemonde East beach
- East Beach Port Alfred
- East Beach Kleinemonde
- Cannon Rocks
- Bushmans River mouth beach
- Sards Bark Park in Sardinia Bay is one dedicated area that offers a space where dogs can roam freely off the leash.
- Savages: Fine dining is not only for humans; treat your dog to the wonderful atmosphere of Savages and treat yourself with delicious treats.
- Friendly Stranger: What brings more comfort that you dog is welcome at a restaurant than a review that states, “I also especially like that they're unashamedly dog friendly - so nice to take my Westie out to a friendly place with great food!”
- Something Good Roadhouse (Port Elizabeth) - Situated on Pollock Beach, it makes a great stop after a stroll along the beach with your dog. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and offering a large menu catering to all tastes.
- Grass Roof Bakery and Restaurant (Port Elizabeth) - With its unique grass covered roof, this place is hard to miss. Grass Roof Coffee Shop and Farm Stall offers a varied selection of hearty country meals, from breakfast to lunchtime favourites, this is a great spot for lunch with your canine companion.
- Sacramento (Port Elizabeth) - Sacramento is a historical seaside restaurant with magnificent ocean views. Whales are spotted here on a regular basis. This is a pet and vegetarian friendly restaurant serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.