We recently stayed at one of our pet-safe getaways in Tulbagh, Vindoux Tree Lodge with our two doggos, Shiva & Shakti. We had the best time!!
We don’t always venture outside of the Getaway we stay at, but when we are close to some great dog-friendly restaurants and pet-friendly activities, we try. 🙂
Tulbagh also happens to be one of my favourite wine regions in the Western Cape as two of my fave wine estates are located here, and no trip to Tulbagh is complete without visiting them to stock up on some excellent wines.
One of these also happens to be dog-friendly, and we spent some time there.
Truth be told, we actually struggled to find any restaurants and wine estates that stated they are pet-friendly, so really just tried our luck with the two we went to, and they happened to be okay with our dogs.
We only managed to visit two places during our time away, as we actually went back to one of them twice it was SO good, AND the dogs had a blast here!
SARONSBERG WINE CELLAR
A short drive up the road from Vindoux Tree Lodge, is Saronsberg Wine Cellar. Lovely grounds with epic views over the mountain from which it gets its name, and the wine tasting area overlooks their little duck dam that is enveloped with lush green lawns. The garden has some pretty interesting art and they also have their own art gallery inside and upstairs from the wine tasting room, furnished with the most interesting art. There are a few outside tables which you may have your dogs on lead to do a wine tasting.
They don’t cater to dogs specifically, but our dogs were welcome to sit with us and walk around on the grass – on lead of course. We brought our own water along, as none was offered or served to the dogs – but it is nice to know you can come and sample some great wines and bring your doggo wuff! They do have resident dogs, but they are not at the wine tasting or restaurant area.
OBIQUA CAFE AT DUIKERSDRIFT
We fell in love with this place and came back twice during our short stay. Once for lunch, and once for breakfast. The newly opened Duikersdrift farm, is also a very short drive from Vindoux Tree Lodge, and Obiqua Cafe is its restaurant. You are greeted by large grounds and beautiful view across the valley to the mountains in the distance. There is a large kids play area, and plenty of room to walk your dogs. Nice shade provided by pine trees. There is an undercover outside area as well as alfresco seating area (besides being inside). The dogs are welcome at either the outside seating areas – on lead. What we loved was that on arrival, they were very welcoming of the dogs, and even brought them their own bucket of water. Five stars in my opinion!
Although they do not have a dedicated doggie menu, we ordered them their own plate of chicken nuggets from the kiddies menu.
Their menu is extensive, whether you’re dining breakfast or lunch – every item looks like a winner – and they are not shy on portions. If we were in Tulbagh longer, this would’ve been our daily excursion for sure! At the time of our visit, they had not yet had their liquor license, but you were welcome to bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy the beautiful surrounding area.
And even better! They will be opening an official doggie play area soon too!
Let us know in the comments if you have been to any other places with your dogs in Tulbagh that we should have on our list! I always need an excuse to go back 😉
My two fave wine estates in Tulbagh? Montpellier (best shiraz!) and Saronsberg (Amazing Viognier, Cab Sav & Shiraz) 🙂