My Favourite Pet-friendly Places across the Western Cape

My Favourite Pet-friendly Places across the Western Cape

Pet-friendly travel – both in terms of accommodation and eateries – is becoming a big, important requirement for pet lovers. To most of us – myself included – our pets are as much a part of our family as anyone else. So being able to or feeling welcome to bring them along matters.

(Obviously, not every trip or holiday is geared towards bringing your floof with. But most are suitable for pets, especially local day trips and getaways.)

In light of this, I wanted to share some pet-friendly accommodation and restaurants across the Western Cape. These are all places that I have personally visited or stayed out.

In most instances, I have not had my pet with. (Again because cats are not welcome at as many places as dogs. Pet-friendly often only seems synonymous with dog-friendly.) That said, I have explored the places first-hand. For this post, I have also gathered all the important facts and need-to-know information directly from the establishments.


Note: The focus on this post is pet-friendly travel primarily for cats and dogs – but you will see that some establishments welcome pets of all species and breeds!

Please note: Permits may be required when you visit the Table Mountain National Park with your dog. Failure to do so may result in fines. However, as I am not featuring those hikes or places in this post directly – please need to do your own research into this. Alternatively, contact the relevant local tourism body or city authority for further insight.

Pet-friendly Travel Tips and Recommended Products


In the post, I also share some sound, yet personally tried-and-tested pet-friendly travel tips, based off of my own experience of travelling with my pet cat.

These are tips and tricks that I have found work best to minimise stress and distraction (when travelling), while also keeping your pet safe. Because, after four years of journeys to and from home (as we travel from Cape Town to Montagu and back) and many hours on the road together – my cat, Tom, and I are old hands at this travel thing.

I am also going to recommend some personally loved travel products that we have used (or wanted to use) over the years. All of which are available locally and which, in turn, either support local brands or add a little less strain on the planet due to their sustainable or eco-friendly nature.

Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a vet or pet/travel expert; I am simply sharing what works for me.  

Locally Available Pet Travel Products

My Top Pet Travel Tips:

Photo credit: Melissa Gundry, Honeybee Photography

I have travelled a lot with Tom and these are some of the tips and tricks that have served me best.

This is not a one-size-fits-all list and obviously, you know your pets needs and character best – but most of these are widely recommended or personal pet travel tips.

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1) Ensure your pet’s shots are all up-to-date. Especially for viruses like rabies.

2) In case of emergencies, keep a digital copy of your pet’s vet card on your phone. Also, if you are visiting an unfamiliar area/town/province, research the nearest vet.

3) Remember to pack with and keep cool all your pet’s medication. If they are on chronic medication, order and collect this a week or two before your trip.

4) To provide some reassurance and familiarity, especially when travelling or staying at new places, pack in your pet’s favourite toys, treats or blankie(s).


5) Ensure your pet has had both tick and flea treatments recently. This is essential especially during tick season when you or your pet can easily pick ticks up in long grass, fields and fynbos especially.

I personally use Bravecto Spot-on treatment for Tom as it offers three-months’ worth of tick and flea protection. But speak to your vet about which product is best and safest for your pet.

If you go for hikes or walks with your pet, always check yourself and them afterwards for ticks.

6) Ensure your pet has had a dewormer in the last three months. This is just good practice in general but also important if you are taking them outdoors or to new places.


7) Invest in durable travel-friendly bowls, like the Rogz stainless steel bowls, that have a good grip, dry out easily and are easy to clean and wash out.

8) Many places do not allow pets on the furniture so pack in a pet bed and blankets as needed.

Also, even if the venue is happy for your pet to sit or sleep on the furniture, I still always pack in an old blanket that I can spread out to avoid excess pet hair and/or any stains, marks on the establishment’s sheets or bedding.


9) Always pack in bottled still water for your pet so, no matter where you go, they have easy access to clean, safe drinking water.

10) If your pet sheds a lot, try brush them a day or two before travelling. This really helps with preventing excess shedding. Plus, they love the attention!

11) If your pet suffers from allergies or even asthma like Tom, try minimise possible triggers at your accommodation destination or room. These include things like flowers, plants, scent diffusers etc.

Also, keep in mind that many plants, flowers, diffusers and essential oils are often highly toxic or deadly to pets – so it’s best to keep them out of harm’s way.

When I take Tom anywhere, I actually remove flowers/vases and diffusers from the room and hand them over to management. It’s just for my own peace of mind but at least I know he’s safe from possible in-room dangers.

12) Invest in eco-friendly poop bags like the Olly and Max ones listed below. They are perfect for travel, easy to pack in and of course, better for our environment too. For hygiene purposes when travelling, I even wrap Tom’s poop scoop in one.

13) If you need to take a litter box with – and please always assume you do as places do not provide this for your cat – use a black rubbish bag or recycling bag to wrap the litter and litterbox in. This keeps your litter from spilling during travelling and you don’t have to worry about opening a new bag just for the trip. Plus, it’s one less thing to pack in!

14) Pack a dustpan and brush in – just in case of spillage, messes or litter.


15) Before visiting a venue, especially an accommodation establishment, call or email ahead and check what the pet rules and/or fee (if applicable) are. Make sure you cover all your bases before visiting.

When I visited Knorhoek with Tom, I informed them when booking that I was bringing my cat but I also called ahead to reception before travelling to inform them again. And when checking-in, I asked if it was okay to bring Tom in with me.

16) Find out if your pets (especially cats) are allowed outdoors and either invest in a leash, pet harness or pet backpack.

I have an excellent space pod/pet backpack for Tom that doubles perfectly as a carrier in a fix too! Plus, I can safely take him outdoors with me and he cannot escape but he can still see, smell and soak up the surroundings. 🙂

Photo credit: Melissa Gundry, Honeybee Photography

17) For car travel, make sure your pet has a large, roomy carrier to stretch or lie down in. Tom has a big carrier that he often lies down in while we drive.

You could also consider putting down an absorbent mat or pad in case of accidents while travelling – but I have never needed one with Tom so I just leave his carrier as is. Having said this, I don’t give him food or water at least an hour before we set off and I try ensure he uses his litterbox a short while before we leave too.

18) When travelling by car, ensure your pet is secured in a car harness or in their carrier. This minimises distractions when driving and keeps them safer too. I normally put Tom in his carrier next to me and strap it in using the seatbelt. This ensures he stays fixed and secure while driving.

Pet carriers need to be bigger than the pet so they have ample space when inside them.

19) Animals often get stressed and pant or overheat when travelling, especially during summer. Because of this, I almost always keep the aircon on when Tom’s in the car with me – even in cooler weather.

If needed, give your pet a calming product before travel. There are a number of these on the market, including famous brands like CalmEze. I don’t personally use these for Tom for general travel but he does have a vet-issued sedative for when he goes to the vet.

20) Try book accommodation that has parking close by. Not only does this make loading/unloading easier but it also minimises the risk of transporting your pet inside safely, especially if you have a cat.

21) When you arrive at your destination, get your pet safely indoors and settle them in before you leave them alone for a short time or head out on adventures. Give them their food, water and litterbox so they feel at home.


Also, please do not leave your pet alone for hours in a hotel room. Not only is it unfair on your pet but they might pine for you, damage items or make noise that can disrupt your neighbours.

I understand that you cannot take your pet out all the time or be there 24/7 so going out for a short outing, experience or a meal is normally fine – but leaving them alone in a unfamiliar, small room is unkind.


When I stayed at Knorhoek, the longest I left Tom alone for was about 30-45 minutes and that was only because I went for a swim and a hike and I didn’t want to risk taking him with as it was very hot that day (35 degrees Celsius). I also obviously had to leave him alone when I went down for breakfast and checked out but that’s different. Either way, I made sure he was settled and quiet after a few minutes of me exiting the room.

22) For cats, always take a cat scratcher with and ensure their nails are trimmed. It is also a good idea to check what furniture the place has and try plan around that to avoid damage or scratching.

Photo credit: Melissa Gundry, Honeybee Photography

23) For stimulation, take some toys with from home for you and your pet to play with together. Also, give them lots of love and cuddles, especially when you first arrive at a new, strange place. Strange sounds, sights and smells will alarm them so they need you to remember them and take care of them. Being on holiday doesn’t mean you should neglect or forget about your pet.

If you take them on holiday, then you are responsible for looking after and attending to their needs and sometimes, that means putting your own aside or making compromises on what you might have initially had planned.

24) If needed, pack away and pet-proof the room or cottage, especially if you leave your pet unattended. Otherwise, you can leave them in the carrier but most will not enjoy or handle this well.

25) If you need to leave your pet alone in the room, make sure that you leave the room locked with a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. Close all windows and lock doors too.

26) Try leave the place as you found it and clean up after your pet if needed before checking out. If your pet damages, soils or breaks something during your stay, be honest and tell management immediately.

27) For your first big getaway, it is often a good idea to book a place closer to home. That way, if your pet is unhappy or unwell, you can take them back home or to their primary vet. This also so minimises travel time in the car.

28) Try not let your pet miaow or bark too much and disturb other guests. Tom miaows a bit when I first leave the room but usually he stops after a minute or two. Otherwise, if I am in the room with him, I try keep him as quiet as possible.


29) Before taking your pet on hikes or walks, check with management if this is safe and okay. At Knorhoek, they were more than happy for me to take Tom on hikes in his pet backpack as long as I felt safe doing so. They also assured me the trails are quiet and there are no dogs on the property, so I had less to worry about.

30) Don’t leave food out for long in rooms. It attracts ants. Rather give your pet a snack and pack the excess food away for later. Also, don’t be alarmed if your pet won’t eat, drink or pee straight away when you arrive at a new place. Tom is usually a bit overwhelmed at first and everything is new and exciting. So, once we arrive at our new destination, he usually takes a few hours to eat, drink or use his litterbox.


31) It might be a good idea to draw the blinds or curtains. That way, your pet can see outside. Tom will happily sit at a window or glass door watching birds for hours. This also reassures them because they can check what is outside if they hear strange voices or sounds. also, be wary of curtain cords and blind strings. Most cats especially try swat at or place with these. With Tom, I make sure they are secure and out of reach or I tuck them behind the blind, curtain so they don’t attract his attention.

32) Leave a pet bed, carrier or backpack for your pet to get into if needed. Tom usually hides under furniture if he gets scared. So I always want him to feel he can go into a safe spot that he knows, like his carrier, if needed.


33) Do a room sweep and pack or throw away anything your pet might try nibble or play with, like plastic bags, pills, hair ties, dangerous plants or toiletries and the like.

Always zip up or pack your things away neatly when your pet is alone in the room. I generally put everything away or out of reach so I know Tom can’t damage or get into any of my bags, especially my toiletries, handbag/makeup bag and medicine.

34) If needed, invest in pet sunscreen or avoid taking your pet out when they might burn. Pets can get sunburn and skin cancer same as us. They can also overheat very quickly in high temperatures so monitor that closely.

35) Invest in collapsible pet bowls or pet water bottles if needed. I never give Tom food or water when we travel but I have never needed to because our longest trip is four hours and he has always been fine going without till we arrive. He has also thankfully never had any bathroom accidents in his carrier.

But most people like to stop and let dogs drink or stretch their legs on longer journeys.

36) If needed, keep a radio, TV or aircon on to drown out noises, so your pet stays calmer. It will also muffle any sounds your pet makes.


37) Be careful entering and exiting your room or accommodation; you don’t want your pet escaping.

38) Keep the litterbox clean and in one spot for the duration of your stay. Same for pet bowls.

Pet-friendly Accommodation and Restaurants Across the Western Cape

Without further ado, let’s dive in:

1) Knorhoek Wine Farm and Guesthouse (Stellenbosch Winelands)


Tom (my cat) and I recently enjoyed a wonderful one-night stay at Knorhoek Wine Farm’s elegant accommodation.

The guesthouse has a choice of B&B guest rooms/suites (with luxurious en-suite bathrooms) or self-catering cottages to choose from. For our first stay, I opted for the Loft Family Room, which can sleep three.


Click Here to Read Full, Pet-friendly Knorhoek Accommodation Writeup


Not only is the accommodation affordably priced but it is the last word in understated Cape elegance and luxury.

Additionally, it comes with very necessary creature comfort from timeless, antique-style baths and/or showers to aircon, a king-sized bed, TV and DStv, WiFi, a safe, mini bar and an in-room tea and coffee station etc.

As a treat, I also ordered some of their excellent Knorhoek MCC (9/10) and some still water for my room.


Not only is Knorhoek happily pet-friendly but they are also incredibly child-friendly.

There is plenty of space for kids to run and play, as well as two beautiful pools (including a garden rock pool kiddies love) and jungle gyms etc.

Beautiful Views


We were also fortunate enough to have a lovely, private balcony with a garden table and chairs and umbrella for shade.

The balcony overlooks the farm’s tranquil garden and many pine and oak trees so it is pure bliss. I sat out here for much of the afternoon with Tom in his pet backpack and we both loved it.



This was my first booked accommodation stay with Tom (although he has stayed over at friends’ and family’s homes before). So I was quite nervous but he quickly settled into the spacious room. Truthfully, he loved exploring every nook and cranny – especially the loft window sills; these proved to be a huge hit.

Relaxed, Child- and Pet-friendly Vibes


While I enjoyed a pampered stay (with breakfast included), punctuated by a quick swim and a brisk, yet pleasant sunset hike on one of the farm’s many hiking trails – Tom was safe and secure at all times.


More importantly, we felt extremely welcome from the moment we arrived. Knorhoek’s staff were excellent to deal with, kind towards my pet and above all, friendly and helpful both in person and in our email correspondence.

I would definitely recommend them for a pet-friendly stay or hike and I cannot wait to return.


General pet rules:

Apart from ensuring pets do not damage the furniture or disturb other guests, Knorhoek generally prefers it if pets are not left alone in the accommodation for extended periods of time when guests venture out.

(I only briefly left Tom alone in the room when I had to (like to go down for breakfast or a quick hike, swim) – so I was away from him no longer than 30-45 minutes. As a precaution, I made sure he was settled; that there was nothing he could damage; and that he was not pining when I exited the room.)

Pet treats:

No, bring your own.

Added pet fee: 

No, there is no added pet fee. However, please notify management that you will be bringing your pet with when booking.

Suitable for cats, dogs and/or other pets – or just dogs?

Yes, the accommodation is suitable for both cats and dogs.

Are pets allowed on furniture?

Yes, provided they do not dirty or damage it.

Pet amenities (bowls, beds) in rooms:

None. Please bring your own.

Hikes or walks suitable for pets on the property or in the area:

Yes, there are several hikes of varying distance to enjoy on the farm itself.

The trails are marked; the Forest Trail (2km) I did was lovely, with stunning views and nature all around.

Please note: Pets are welcome to join you on the hiking trails but please do not let them disturb, scare or harm other guests or wildlife.

Also, if you will be taking your pet along, it is best to notify management of this. I would also suggest grabbing a map from reception.

Must you notify management in advance if bringing a pet along?

Yes, especially when booking their accommodation.

Contact info: 

+27 (021) 865 2114,


Knorhoek Wine Farm, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa


2) Nitida Wine Farm (Durbanville Wine Valley)


Another beautiful wine farm that warmly welcomes well-behaved, leashed pets is Nitida Wine Farm in the scenic Durbanville Wine Valley.

Not only is this farm incredibly beautiful and family-friendly.  As an added bonus, it also has a tasting room and two excellent restaurants in Tables and Cassia at Nitida to enjoy.


Cassia offers some of the best breakfasts in the Western Cape, while Tables at Nitida is the perfect child-friendly restaurant. (It even looks like something out of a fairytale!)

Another great thing about this farm is incredibly scenic. There is a beautiful dam, which Cassia overlooks, as well as historic cannons, proteas and vineyards and mountain views to enjoy.

General pet rules:

Visiting pets must be leashed at all times and owners must clean up after them.

Image supplied by Nitida Wine Farm

Suitable for cats, dogs and/or other pets – or just dogs?

Both dogs and cats are welcome, provided cats are trained.

Are pets allowed indoors or outdoors?

Pets are only allowed outdoors.

Image supplied by Nitida Wine Farm

Do they provide water or safe pet treats for visiting pets?


Hikes or walks suitable for pets on the property or in the area:

No. But there are plenty of other places near Nitida in the Durbanville area to take your pets for walks. For dogs, a great option is the Kenridge Bark Park.

Must you notify management in advance if bringing a pet along?

No, you do not need to notify management in advance if you are bringing your cat or dog along.

Contact info: 

+27 (021) 976 1467,


Nitida Wine Farm, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.


3) Warwick Wine Estate (Stellenbosch Winelands)


Another Stellenbosch gem that is hugely pet- and child-friendly is the tranquil, picture-perfect Warwick Wine Estate. I have visited this estate twice in recent years. Honestly, it is one of my favourites for so many reasons.

In addition to their top class wines and pairings, tasting room and venue (suitable for weddings and other special celebrations, events), Warwick also offers seasonal picnics (in cool picnic pods!) and a fun vineyard safari.


The estate gardens are some of the prettiest anywhere and there is plenty here to keep kiddies entertained for hours on end – including a fountain for summertime splashes, wide open lawns and cool jungle gyms.


General pet rules:

Warwick has two simple rules guests should follow when visiting with pets:

  1. Keep your pet leashed at all times.
  2. Please clean up after your pet.

Also, more a request than a rule: please only bring well-socialised pets to the farm. That way, everyone has a good, relaxing experience.

Are pets allowed indoors or outdoors?

Pets are welcome indoors. Please just keep them under control and ensure they do not damage anything.

Suitable for cats, dogs and/or other pets – or just dogs?

Warwick welcomes friendly, well-behaved pets of any shape or form.

Hikes or walks suitable for pets on the property or in the area:

Not on the estate. However, the estate has beautiful gardens and lawns to enjoy.

Also, Stellenbosch has plenty of surrounding areas and spots that are suitable for walks/hikes with pets – although you will need to research these yourself.

Must you notify management in advance if bringing a pet along?

Yes, please. This helps the estate to prepare for your pet’s visit. 

Contact info: 

+27 (021) 884 4410,


Warwick Wine Farm, R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.


4) Eagles’ Nest Wine Estate (Constantia Wine Valley)


Situated the sheltered slopes of the Constantia mountain range and hidden up on high among the trees that encircle it, Eagles’ Nest is one of the Cape Winelands’ rare beauties. Here, guests can enjoy beautiful wines and platters in a stunning garden setting.

With expansive lawns and a truly pet-friendly mindset if ever there was one, this estate is perfect for families, couples and solo travellers to visit with their four-legged friends.

Photo credit: @miss_nervous_nova

I visited a few years ago as part of Citysightseeing’s hop-on, hop-off wine tour and I adored this estate.

Photo credit: @itsapetslifeafterall

So I was thrilled to learn that they are so pet-friendly. Given how elegant and relaxing the farm is, their pet-friendly status is a wonderful surprise and something I wish more estates would be open to.

Photo credit: @the_capetown_corgi

General pet rules:

The estate is proudly pet-friendly, however, dogs must be well-socialised. They remain the owner’s full responsibility during the visit.

For the safety and enjoyment of all in the garden, pets must be leashed at all times.

Also, remember to clean up after your pet as needed.

Suitable for cats, dogs and/or other pets – or just dogs?

The estate welcomes all kinds of pets – dogs, cats, pigs, tortoises and parrots!

Do they provide water or safe pet treats for visiting pets?

Fresh water is always available.

Hikes or walks suitable for pets on the property or in the area:

Not on the estate, no.

However, there are some lovely trails in the nearby area (including Constantia greenbelt).

Must you notify management in advance if bringing a pet along?

Not necessary. Just bring your well-behaved fur babies with.

Contact info: 

+27 (021) 794 4095,


Eagles’ Nest Wine Estate, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.


5) Bayleaf & Thyme (Riebeek Valley)


This pet-friendly eatery is a little bit of a drive from Cape Town – but utterly worth it!

Tucked away in the quirky, fun small town of Riebeek-Kasteel, Bayleaf & Thyme promises a quality visit for you and your pet.



Not only is their food and coffee divine but the setting is idyllic.

With a beautiful, mural-focused courtyard, wraparound verandah seating and cosy indoor seating too, Bayleaf & Thyme is spacious and welcoming in so many ways.


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General pet rules:

Pets must be leashed when visiting. Again, please ensure your pet is well-socialised.

Suitable for cats, dogs and/or other pets – or just dogs?

Mainly dogs but you could maybe test a well-trained, harnessed cat.

Do they provide water or safe pet treats for visiting pets?

Yes, upon arrival, fresh water and cute dog biscuits are provided for visiting pooches.

Hikes or walks suitable for pets on the property or in the area:

Not near the eatery, no but Riebeek-Kastel has peaceful, quiet streets that are often littered with dog walkers and roaming cats so they are definitely safe for leashed, well-trained pets.

Are pets allowed indoors or outdoors?

Pets are allowed both indoors and outdoors. If your dog is small enough, he may sit on a chair next to you.

Must you notify management in advance if bringing a pet along?

No, I don’t think they require this.

Contact info: 

+27 (065) 530 7872


Bayleaf & Thyme, 1 Plein Street, Riebeek-Kasteel, Riebeek Valley, Western Cape, South Africa.


6) Dunstone Country Estate (Wellington)


I have featured Dunstone countless times on the blog because, after our stay and visit to this stunning Wellington wine farm and country estate, it remains one of my travel highlights.


We didn’t stay here with a pet but I would in a heartbeat.

Dunstone is a special place and with its famous dogs at the forefront of the estate brand and plenty of farm animals on-site, it is no wonder that the owners understand what it is to love and cherish a pet as part of the family.

Image supplied by Dunstone Country Estate

Best of all, their accommodation is breathtaking.

It is the perfect blend of country elegance and modernity and ideal for a memorable, romantic stay.


Dunstone also has an excellent, child-friendly bistro and events venue on-site, with great indoor and outdoor facilities. It also has a tranquil garden to enjoy.


You can also enjoy a lovely winetasting here so it is fun for all ages.

Good to know:

Image supplied by Dunstone Country Estate

Dunstone also has a hugely dog-friendly, four-bedroomed, unfenced beach cottage in Jacobs Bay. Pet beds and bowls are provided.

General pet rules:

Please keep your pet on a leash when visiting and exploring the farm or restaurant.

Remember to also clean up after them.

Also, please keep in mind that there are three resident, friendly dogs on the farm. A ridgeback and two Weimaraners.

Pet amenities (bowls, beds) in rooms:

None. Please bring your own from home when staying in the self-catering, pet-friendly Guava Cottage or Manor House.

Suitable for cats, dogs and/or other pets – or just dogs?

Dogs, cats and goldfish are all welcome!

Do they provide water or safe pet treats for visiting pets?

Water bowls are available at The Stone Kitchen. There is also a pet-friendly garden.

Hikes or walks suitable for pets on the property or in the area:

Yes, there are plenty of scenic walks on the farm and nearby farm to enjoy.

There is also a lovely dam for doggy swims.

Please just keep your dog on a leash when exploring the farm or bistro.

Are pets allowed indoors or outdoors?

Pets are allowed in the pet-friendly accommodation: Guava Cottage and the Manor House.

However, you will need to check with management if they are allowed inside the bistro itself.

Must you notify management in advance if bringing a pet along?

I would, yes, although both the Guava Cottage and Manor House accommodation are pet-friendly.

For the other rooms, please enquire with the estate directly.

Also, please note that while the Guava Cottage (close to the restaurant) has a secure, walled garden – the Manor House is unfenced.


Contact info: 

+27 (021) 864 1504,


Dunstone Country Estate, Bovlei Road, Wellington, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa.


7) Peppa Jacks Tex-Mex Grill and Bar (Durbanville)

This Mexican-meets-Texan-style eatery offers guests a wonderful, relaxed dining experience, complemented by great food and drinks and friendly service.

I first visited Peppa Jacks in 2018 shortly after their opening and loved the laid-back venue, with its outdoor and indoor seating options, Mexican-style decor and fun play area for kiddies.


This eatery is perfect for a relaxed meal with friends or family. In addition to their tasty, generously portioned food (which ranges from all things Mexican cuisine to burgers and meal combos), they also serve excellent craft beers, cocktails and of course, quality wines from the Durbanville valley.

Live music performances and a dog-friendly outdoor area make this eatery a winner.



General pet rules:

It is preferable for owners to keep their dogs leashed when visiting. Please also clean up after your pooches.

Suitable for cats, dogs and/or other pets – or just dogs?

Regrettably, they are only dog-friendly. Other pets will need to remain at home.

Do they provide water or safe pet treats for visiting pets?

Dogs are provided with fresh water and usually receive plenty of cuddles from the staff.

Hikes or walks suitable for pets on the property or in the area:

No specific trails on-site but there is plenty of walking space, as they have a large outdoor area.

Are pets allowed indoors or outdoors?

Dogs are only allowed outdoors; however, exceptions are made in very rare cases.

Must you notify management in advance if bringing a pet along?

It is recommended. Booking is also advised as the outdoor, dog-friendly section fills up quickly.

Contact info: 

+27 (021) 975 5606,


Peppa Jacks Tex-Mex Grill and Bar, 19 Thaba Park, Hooggelegen Road, Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa.


7) The Charles – Cafe and Guesthouse (De Waterkant)


This popular De Waterkant guesthouse and cafe is one of my favourites in the city. Not only are they one of the Mother City’s best breakfast and coffee spots but they also offer lovely accommodation.

Warmth, attention to detail and a beautiful setting are synonymous with The Charles and you will be delighted to learn that both their accommodation and cafe is also pet-friendly!

I have not personally stayed at The Charles but I have eaten there and my coffee and meal there remains one of my most memorable food experiences in the city.

General pet rules:

The usual: clean up after your pet and ensure the pet is socially accustomed to other pets and people to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. 

When visiting public areas, your pet must be leashed at all times. 

Pet amenities (bowls, beds) in rooms:

None. Please bring your own if you are staying at The Charles.

Suitable for cats, dogs and/or other pets – or just dogs?

Both cats and dogs are welcome.

Are pets allowed on furniture?

Preferably not but this does depend on the size of the pet.

Please note: An additional cleaning fee may be applied if necessary.

Do they provide water or safe pet treats for visiting pets?

Water is always provided and treats are given when available.

Hikes or walks suitable for pets on the property or in the area:

Not applicable to this venue. However, the city has many parks and other public spaces that are pet-friendly, especially for leashed dogs. 

Are pets allowed indoors or outdoors?

Indoors is fine as long as your pet is well-behaved, groomed and clean (not covered in mud etc.). 

Must you notify management in advance if bringing a pet along?

Yes, please do.

Contact info: 

+27 (021) 409 2500,


The Charles, 137 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.


Special Thanks

Image supplied by Dunstone Country Estate

Special thanks to all the estates and venues who assisted with the information and images (credited as advised) for this post. And a special shoutout to @pawgo.adventures for the direct use of their image.


Notable Mentions:

In addition to the above featured establishments, I also reached out to several other venues. Unfortunately, I did not hear back from them for this post.

However, to the best of my knowledge, they are also pet-friendly in some capacity. You will need to contact them directly for more information on this.

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