By Zara Lewis

If South Africa has always been on your bucket list, it’s about time you made a final decision and visited this breathtaking place! You probably already know that planning a trip can be quite challenging for pet owners, but you don’t have to worry at all because there are a lot of amazing pet-friendly places to stay in South Africa. Here are three of them, so check them out and add them to your must-see list as soon as possible!

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Goukamma Nature Reserve

Goukamma Nature Reserve | Photo by HermanK449

Goukamma Nature Reserve | Photo by slack12

The first and one of the most exciting places you simply have to explore when in South Africa is Goukamma Nature Reserve. Needless to say, this place is completely pet-friendly, which means that your furry friend will be safe and sound while on the road. This destination is perfect for all the travellers who look for solitude and plenty of room to be alone, as stretches of pristine coastline and gorgeous dunes will help them achieve a peaceful state of mind. This also means that your beloved pet will also have enough free space to run and enjoy the pleasant climate, which is exactly what you should look for. On the other hand, if you’re a huge lover of surfing, you should know that the Goukamma coast wraps around Buffalo Bay which is a true paradise for surfers from all across the world. When in this part of South Africa, you should definitely opt for a pet-friendly eco-sanctuary that offers various accommodation options, from camping in forest tents to spending a night in wooden cabins. You won’t make a mistake whichever you pick, and your cat or dog will love it, too!

Prince Albert and the Swartberg Pass

Swartberg Pass | Photo by South African Tourism

Another must-see destination is the Swartberg Pass, so be sure to check it off your bucket list as well. These mind-blowing rock formations will undoubtedly reveal a great portion of the national history of this amazing country, so give your best not to skip them when in South Africa. Make sure to visit the Swartberg Pass before you proceed to the charming town of Prince Albert, which has a lot of authentic Cape Dutch, Karoo, and Victorian buildings, some of which are National Monuments. Of course, we should also say that cottage accommodation is probably the best possible choice here, too, as a large number of cottage owners are more than glad to allow your pet into the facility. You’ll see that South African people generally love animals a lot, which is exactly why travelling with your cat or dog won’t be as challenging as you initially thought. However, we should emphasize that sticking to your pet’s habits is essential, especially when far away from home. This means that you should definitely bring your cat’s favourite cat food so that it can feel safe and sound, without interrupting its natural eating cycle. The same goes for your dog or any other pet, so bear that in mind if you want your furry friend to stay as happy and satisfied as possible!

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay | Photo by Jürgen Kehrberger

Plettenberg Bay | Photo by MegMoggington

Plettenberg Bay is undoubtedly one of the most attractive destinations in South Africa, which is exactly why it found its place on many travellers’ must-see lists. Nicknamed Plet or Plett, this place is characterized with extremely mild maritime climate, and that’s what makes it so popular among the tourists – especially those who travel with their pets. Of course, both domestic and foreign tourists love Plettenberg Bay, and they often make it a stop along their road trip route in order to see local attractions like Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve. You can also try sea kayaking and whale watching here, and paying a visit to the world’s largest free-flight aviary called Birds of Eden is an absolute must-too. As for your accommodation, there are a lot of available options, and the good news is that the majority of owners will welcome pets – as long as they are well behaved. We’re sure that your furry friend is a disciplined little pooch, so find an accommodation with a backyard or a garden so that it can run freely outdoors and sleep tight indoors. The fact is that both of you will feel much better and relaxed when you have an opportunity to spend some quality time in the fresh air, so find a cottage with a backyard or a bigger balcony and you’ll certainly accomplish your goal.

As you can see, these three destinations are an absolute must when in South Africa, so be sure not to skip them if you ever find yourself in this amazing country. What’s even better about them is the fact that they’re extremely pet-friendly, too, which is fantastic for all pet owners who don’t want to leave their pets at home while travelling. If you’re one of them, be sure to stick to our tips and guidelines and you’ll see that you’ll have the time of your life with your pet by your side. It definitely doesn’t get better than that!


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Author’s Bio: Zara Lewis is a contributor at, a traveller and a mother of two. She loves to travel and is passionate about spreading the word about fantastic places to visit and creating a better world for the generations to come.



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Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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