The pawfect places in SA to go on holiday this December with your dog


Jade Poole from I Write Words


The festive season is here and we have put together a list of the top holiday destinations that your precious pooch is welcome to stay at too!

From sunset beach walks, playing on the beach and swimming in the sea or river, summer holidays are where some of the best memories in life are made.

Because we know how important your precious pooch is to you (it’s why we offer pet insurance so wonderful you could cuddle it), we have put together a list of places, a travel guide of sorts, that covers dog-friendly accommodation in South Africa.


The mountains in Magaliesburg

If you are staying on Gauteng over the holidays then Stone Hill is a pet-friendly haven! It offers 10 luxury self-catering cottages, each with a fenced garden for you and your dog. There is a walking and bike trail and a small river for you and your furry family member to explore. 


North Coast, Ballito

Situated 400m from the popular Ballito beachfront, Beach Forest Lodge has 4 spacious and beautiful self-catering apartments, each with its own braai area and patio and set in a tropical and peaceful garden of paradise. 

There is a great restaurant there too known as Galley Beach Bar and Grill which even has a doggie menu! If you want to go for a great walk there some great beaches and places to explore for you and your furry loved one.


The Oyster Box in Umhlanga is a hotel that has earned every one of its 5 stars. It has pet-friendly accommodation which includes dog menus and beds for your precious pooch.


There is a beautiful sanctuary in the Underberg, Lake Naverone where you and your dog can stay in a beautiful private stone cottage next to the lake. Everything is self-catering and its the perfect getaway.

Northern Cape


A unique and beautiful place to stay - Kalahari Water offers a range of self-catering options which include camping on the banks of the infamous Orange River or staying in a self-catering unit if camping is not your cup of tea. There are a number of outdoor things to do such as walks and activities that are bound to keep you and your dog entertained.


In the Orange River Valley there is a beautiful place to stay - Vergelegen Guest House and Restaurant. This farm setting guest house allows you to have your own private room with an entrance that walks out onto a patio with gorgeous views of the farmland around you. 

Free State


Clarens is one of those beautiful old towns you would expect to be in a movie. Situated in this haven is the Old Mill Drift Guest Farm which is the ideal place for you and your furry bestie to stay at and explore the mountains and nature together. Stay in a chalet or camp along the river and spend some quality time with your pooch. 



Happy Hound Bed and Breakfast - This beautiful B&B offers cottages that are fenced off for you and your dog and it also has a yummy restaurant where you and your fur baby can grab something to eat!


A perfect getaway if you are looking for privacy is the Field and Stream: The Farmstead in Dullstroom. Take your pooch for scenic hikes or go fishing at some of the dams nearby. There are also some beautiful waterfalls on the farm for you both to swim in when it’s not too cold!

Western Cape

Blouberg, Cape Town

Self-catering by the seaside for you and your dog. This is the perfect beach holiday. The Blue Corner Guesthouse is situated 5 minutes away from the beach where you can swim, go for walks, get some sunshine and fresh air and enjoy the time together. There is also a dog park nearby.

Garden Route, Plet

The Cornerway House offers you and your dog rooms with private courtyards and a shared secured garden for your dog to run about in. There is a beach which is only a few minutes away and even some pet-friendly places to eat nearby!

We hope you and your beloved furry bestie make the most out of the festive season this year and get to explore some of the beautiful pet-friendly places to stay!

Of course, make sure that you are covered before travelling anywhere with your dog with pet insurance that puts your pawfect partner first with affordable plans and even pays you BEFORE you see the vet!

Yours in paws,

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