Western Cape has the most amount of dog-friendly places, nature reserves, parks and accommodations to visit in South Africa. The whole region is conducive to an outdoor lifestyle, and we have so much to choose from.
Whichever you choose, you can’t really go wrong.
Some of our favourite destinations include: Paternoster, Langebaan, Tulbach, Bainskloof, Robertson and Greyton.
|Out & About||Generally establishments around the Western Cape are quite open to receiving smaller, well-behaved pets, especially those around the coastal areas such as Blouberg, Camps Bay and Paternoster, but do check with the establishment prior to your arrival.|
We are so blessed to have an abundance of outdoor activities to choose from. From visiting the many nature reserves, beaches or hiking routes that are also pet friendly to being able to take your dog to restaurants, markets or even wine estates with you.
If you’re up for some outdoor fun, we suggest you try these activities:
- Gifkloof Trail in Greyton - well behaved dogs allowed. Things to note: It passes through a shooting range, so if you see a red flag, you’ll know it’s in use that day. Cost is free.
- Silwerfontein Trail in Tulbagh - Things to note: It is a circular route on one of the local farms. Bookings need to be made in advance. There is a small cost for humans and dogs.
- Lions Head in Cape Town - The bottom half of the hike is nice and relatively easy for pooches as it is on a gravel track, however the top half of the hike becomes quite strenuous with steep climbs for both dogs and human companions. We recommend that should you look at attempting the Lion, rather stick to the bottom section only for your, your dog, as well as other hikers safety on the route.
- Pipe Track in Cape Town - It is one of the routes that is quite popular for dog owners in Cape Town. You feel like you get a small work-out, but it is still an enjoyable hike that is well shaded for half the hike.
- Poortjies Lagoon Area, Plettenberg Bay
- Brenton-On-Sea and Buffelsbaai, Knysna
- Yzerfontein beach
- Elands Bay
- Langebaan on Club Mykonos side
- Cifton 1st Beach, Cape Town
- Long Beach in Simon’s Town
- Kommetjie’s Long Beach
Our favourite restaurants
- The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town - Dogs below knee height are allowed to dine with you, and even have their own little menu to choose from!
- Cafe Paradiso, Cape Town - Dogs are usually allowed to be outside at one of the courtyard tables with you. Book ahead, it gets pretty busy especially during summer.
- Ons Huisie, Blouberg - Dogs are usually allowed at the tables outside in the courtyard.
- Cafe Caprice, Camps Bay - Dogs are allowed at the outside tables.
- Castella Amare, Melkbos - Dogs are allowed at the outside tables. We like this as there is a nice winding walkway next to the beach which is great for walking them between courses, or prior or after enjoying a meal at the restaurant.
- Deer Park Cafe, Cape Town - Dogs are allowed outside. The outside area is nicely enclosed so that both young humans and dogs can play in the playpark of the restaurant without running off. The great thing about Deer Park Cafe is that it is down the road from Deer Park, which is a great little circular 45 min hike as well.
- Massimo’s, Hout Bay - One of the best pizza restaurants in the City, and if you order a special pizza, a small donation is also made to DARG.