Overall Pet-Safe Rating: 3*
We have rated Olifantskrans River Cabins a 3 out of 5 for pet safety. Although the cabins are fantastic, and each cabin is enclosed, the beautiful lawn and river area is shared space. If other guests have dogs, they are able to come right up to your cabin and engage with your dogs. Be that barking or trying to get into the yard. If you do not have social dogs, this will not be a relaxing stay if there are other dogs present. Even though we stayed as a mid-week break, the cabins were fully booked and 2 other cabins had dogs too! Sadly we had to ask the other guests to take turns to go to the river area with our dogs so they could stretch their legs a bit.
Grounds: Cottage has own, private space and there is room enough for dogs to roam, but the flooring is on sharp stones mixed with apricot pips which does not make it nice for them to play on. The grounds are stunning though - large river area and beautiful lush green, rolling lawns, but this area is open and shared.
Enclosed: Yes. Surrounded by a wooden fence. Larger dogs may be able to jump over the wooden gates.
Other dogs: Yes. There are 7 cottages in total, 5 of which allow dogs. There are also dogs at the main house (reception area), one of which (a Jack Russel) likes to run down to the river and play with the other dogs there.
Walking dogs on property: The Breede River is just 20m away from each cottage and it's so clean. If your pup loves water, or even likes to be on the water (kayaks) you're going to have a blast! Cottages are close to each other though and the river area is shared space. Unless you have social dogs, we do not recommend it.
Would we leave our dogs alone and go to the shop? No, unless inside the cabin, but it is quite a small space.
Lowest fence height: 1.2m
Highest fence height: 1.5m
Fence material: Wooden poles.