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Top 5 Best Pet-Friendly Camping Spots in South Africa

For many of us, our four-legged companion doubles as our permanent adventure buddy too. This means no walk, camping trip or mountain run is complete without man’s best friend. We’ve compiled the below list of pet-friendly camping spots across South Africa to help you choose your next epic getaway with your pooch.

1. Western Cape

Khomeesdrif, Riviersonderend

Located a mere 160km outside of Cape Town, Khomeesdrif campsite sits approximately 7km from Riviersonderend. The Overberg with its majestic mountain ranges are always a good idea for a family getaway over the crazy December rush, so if you’re looking for a low key breakaway to nature, this is your spot.

The campsite is mostly tree shaded and offers lush green caravan and camping spots where horses and dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.

Rates: Camping: R320 p/stand p/night - up to 4 people

R80 pp extra - maximum 6 people p/site

Dogs: R20 p/dog p/night

To Book:

Website: http://www.khomeesdrif.co.za/index.html

Email: [email protected]

2. Northern Cape

River Destiny Lodge, Colesberg

If you find yourself road tripping between Cape Town and Joburg during the December holidays, then River Destiny Lodge is the ideal camping spot for you and your furry friend. Even better if you’re into fishing, as this spot is only 15km from the Gariep Dam.

Enjoy the comforts of true Karoo hospitality and make use of the many activities on offer, such as hiking, canoeing and bird watching. Your fur companion will have ample space to roam and explore alongside you, just the way it was intended.

Rates: Camping: R200 p/site, R50 p/p per night (maximum of six people p/site).

Dogs: Charged according to size: R40 small / R50 medium and large-sized pets.

To Book:

Website: https://riverdestiny.co.za/

Email: [email protected]

3. KwaZulu-Natal

Silver Streams Country Estate & Caravan Park, Underberg Southern Drakensberg

Located at the foot of the Southern Drakensberg, the Silver Streams Country Estate and Caravan Park is the ideal location for a relaxing getaway with the whole family (furry friends included). Bubbling streams, rolling hills and breath-taking views all create a tranquil farm atmosphere leaving you refreshing and reinvigorated.

The estate has several different accommodation options covering campsites, chalets, wood cabins and cottages. All campsites have electrical points and luxury camping is even an option for those wanting a more glamorous camping experience.

There are enough activities to keep even the busiest of bodies entertained. Take your K9 for a walk in the mountains, pack in a tube and spend the day on the river, try your hand at a game of tennis, have a family darts showdown, the list goes on and on…

Rates: From R300 p/night for up to 4 people, 1 vehicle and trailer/caravan. (2 dogs allowed per campsite, free of charge)

To Book:

Website: https://www.silverstreams.co.za/

Tel:  082 331 6670/ 082 859 8619

4. Limpopo

Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary

If a remote bushveld retreat is what you’re looking for, then Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary is just what you need to escape the December rush. Well-camouflaged campsites mean ample privacy to enjoy the many activities on offer, such as rock climbing, abseiling and dam swimming.

Take your best four-legged friend on one of the many hiking trails, or kick back and relax with some tranquil fishing.

Rates: Camping: R195 p/adult p/night (*Min. charge of 4 adults p/night)

Children aged 4 – 12years = 50%

Dogs: Free

To Book:

Website: https://thabaphaswa.co.za/

Tel: 015 491 4882 | Mobile / WhatsApp: 082 389 6631

5. Eastern Cape

Ocean View Forest Reserve & Guest Farm, Komga

This picturesque camping spot located 65km outside of East London welcomes pets and families alike. With ample hiking and walking trails to choose from, you won’t run out of new routes to explore with your best friend. Three different beaches nearby offers even more ground to play and discover. Registered as a Natural Heritage Site, Ocean View Forest Reserve & Guest Farm sports some of the most picturesque views of the ocean.

Rates: Camping (R100 p/adult p/night)

Day Campers:  R40 p/person

Dogs: Free (prior arrangement necessary)

 

To Book:

Website: http://oceanviewforestresort.co.za/

Email: [email protected]

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