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Wonderful dog-friendly campsites close to Cape City

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Touring with a canine can change into an issue it’s not that straightforward to search out dog-friendly locations and even in the event you do a few of them enable solely small breed canine. It was our first tenting with a canine experience and we completely beloved it! Resulting from our nomadic way of life, we don’t spend as a lot time as we’d like with our beloved borador (border collie + labrador) Chile. We determined to spoil her slightly bit and took her for a tenting journey with the thought to go to the most effective dog-friendly campsites round Cape City. Right here is the results of our journey.

Chile completely beloved tenting, and being a really social and pleasant canine she made many individuals and canine pals. Apart from dog-friendly campsites, we stopped at some dog-friendly eating places/espresso retailers on the way in which that are listed right here as effectively.

Stingy Nomads and their dog at Beaverlac campsite near Cape Town
Stingy Nomads and their canine Chile at one of many dog-friendly campsites close to Cape City

Want to recollect when tenting with a canine

  • Though all of the listed campsites are confirmed dog-friendly, inquire when reserving about bringing canine.
  • Carry poo spade and luggage and clear after your canine.
  • Be certain your canine doesn’t hassle different campers, not everyone is a canine proprietor some individuals could also be not very impressed in case your canine comes and jumps on them or their kids.
  • All of the campsites are welcome pleasant and well-behaved canine don’t convey an aggressive and unsocial canine with them.
  • We camped in all of the campsites offseason, within the peak season (Christmas, Easter, college holidays) it could be totally different because the campsites are very full most likely your canine received’t have that a lot freedom and area to run round.
  • If tenting in September-October bear in mind about ticks particularly in case your canine sleeps in a tent with you.

In case your canine likes being lively and enjoys strolling there are some nice pet-friendly mountain climbing trails in Cape City that you simply may prefer to discover.

Greatest dog-friendly campsites close to Cape City

Map of dog-friendly campsites in Western Cape
A map of the most effective dog-friendly campsites close to Cape City

Rivierplaas, Worcester

  • Distance from Cape City – 127 km
  • Driving time – 1h30min.

It’s an enormous campsite on the farm at Breede river, 25km from Worcester. Spacious and grassy space, Chile appreciated working round and exploring the place. Completely dog-friendly, canine are as welcome as individuals. Positioned removed from predominant roads in a ravishing tranquil space. Notice! It’s a working farm on the river there are a lot of bugs at night time and early morning (small flies, mosquitoes, and so on.) convey repellent with you. You possibly can mix tenting with wine tasting on the Breedekloof wine route.

  • Value ZAR 430 for a website (as much as eight individuals), ZAR 30 per canine.
  • Cellphone for reserving 084 710 0139

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure, from a donkey there may be free wooden to make a fireplace
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – no
  • Energy shops – no
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – sure
  • Different – playgrounds for kids. The farm store on the reception the place you should buy cool drinks, wooden, snacks, ice.

Things to do

  • Swimming within the river
  • Mountaineering, quick trails.
Our spot at Rivierplaas campsite near Worcester
Our campsite at Rivierplaas, Worcester

Secret Falls, Tulbagh

  • Distance from Cape City – 130 km
  • Driving time – 1h40min.

This lovely place is the one campsite on the listing we didn’t go to. The primary reason is the street may be very steep, you want a correct 4×Four with a low vary which our Terios doesn’t have. Apparently an superior campsite with simply 10 spots. Confirmed dog-friendly (on telephone), max 2 canine per website. Very busy and in style in October it was totally booked for weekends until April. No day guests allowed.

  • Value ZAR 130 per particular person, ZAR 70 per youngster, ZAR 80 per canine.
  • Reserving On-line reserving solely [email protected] 50% cost wanted to substantiate the reserving. Notice! The campsite is closed till June 2021.

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – no
  • Energy shops – no
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – no

Things to do

  • Mountaineering
  • 4×Four driving
  • Swimming within the pure swimming pools.
Chile is back home after a tough camping week
After per week of exploring dog-friendly campsites round Cape City Chile was very drained and completely happy to be again house.

Oewerzicht Farm, Greyton

  • Distance from Cape City – 146 km
  • Driving time – 1h50min.

A pleasant campsite on the river financial institution with many things to do. Spacious grassy spots (25 websites) some dealing with the river. Good services, clear and effectively maintained. Chile beloved swimming and taking part in within the water. Notice! The campsite is canine pleasant however all canine should be on a leash. Inform about bringing a canine when making a reserving, convey poo spade. 

  • Value ZAR 390 for a stie as much as Four individuals, ZAR 90 for an additional particular person (as much as 6 individuals per website), canine keep free.
  • Cellphone for reserving  028 254-9831

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – no
  • Different – every website has a picket shade shelter.
  • Wooden ZAR20 for a bag.

Things to do

  • Mountaineering, there a number of mountain climbing trails. Canine should not allowed on the paths
  • Mountain biking, 25km path
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking. 

Greyton

The campsite is simply 9km away from the city. Greyton is a dog-friendly pretty little city with many cafes and craft retailers. Fairly a couple of mountain bike and mountain climbing routes begin from the city. Canine in Greyton are in every single place and all are very pleasant even avenue canine are in good situation.
We had late breakfast at Pure cafe they’ve good espresso and nice breakfasts. Canine pleasant if sit outdoors. On the primary avenue, there’s a charity store the place you should buy previous books and different second-hand stuff the cash goes to the canine rescue fund.

Our camping spot at Oewerzicht campsite near Greyton
A tenting spot at Oewerzicht dog-friendly campsite close to Greyton

Silwerstrand caravan park, Robertson

  • Distance from Cape City – 157 km
  • Driving time – 1h50min.

It’s a very fashionable campsite fairly full on weekends and holidays on the river financial institution simply outdoors of Robertson. Very social campsite very best for a weekend with a household or pals gives many various water actions; snowboarding, paddling, kayaking, and so on. Canine-friendly just for small and medium breed canine, no large canine, small canine can run round with out a leash, medium measurement canine as effectively in the event that they’re well-behaved and don’t hassle different campers. 

  • Value  ZAR 90 per particular person, canine keep without cost.
  • Cellphone for reserving 076 199 4085

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – sure
  • Different – playground for kids. 

Things to do

  • Water snowboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing.

Affie Plaas

Simply earlier than the flip to Silwerstrand, there’s a large espresso/craft store Affie Plaas the place you should buy pies, rusks, fresh-squeezed juice, espresso, and so on. There are tables outdoors the place you’ll be able to sit together with your canine.

Silverstrand camping site near Cape Town
Silverstrand tenting website a preferred weekend getaway and an excellent dog-friendly campsite

Khomeesdrif campsite, Riviersonderend

  • Distance from Cape City – 160 km
  • Driving time – 2 hours

A wonderful campsite on the river financial institution simply 5 km away from Riviersonderend between the wheat fields and the mountains. It has a shocking deck the place you’ll be able to have breakfast, benefit from the dawn, learn, or watch birds. The campsite is a pleasant place for a weekend getaway from Cape City. The place is an actual fowl lovers’ paradise they are going to wake you up each morning! Verify for a hidden swing beneath the deck. Chile actually appreciated it right here close by river and a small sandy seaside have been an actual deal with she performed and jumped within the water like loopy. We even took her for a brief kayak journey. 

  • Value ZAR 320 per website as much as Four individuals, ZAR 80 for an additional particular person (max 6 individuals per website), ZAR 20 per canine.
  • Cellphone for reserving 082 9370053 or 082 558 1594

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – no
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – no
  • Different – free to make use of plastic kayaks and sups. Tables and benches on the deck. Small playground for kids.
  • Wooden ZAR40 for an enormous bag.

Things to do

  • Swimming within the river
  • Kayaking, paddling
  • Hen watching.

Riviersonderend

A pleasant little city with an Ou Meul espresso store/bakery (dog-friendly in the event you sit outdoors) that has a wide selection of pastries, omelets, and scrumptious sandwiches in addition to contemporary juices and shakes. There are a biltong store and a craft store in the identical constructing. If you happen to’re like us an enormous espresso junkie, take a look at our latest submit on the most effective espresso retailers in Cape City.

Beautiful Khomeesdrif campsite near Riviersonderend
A deck subsequent to the river at Khomeesdrif campsite, certainly one of our favourite place to camp with a canine

Klondyke cherry farm, Ceres

  • Distance from Cape City – 170 km
  • Driving time – 2h10min.

A wonderful farm surrounded by the mountains could be a excellent summer time weekend escape from Cape City’s warmth. Apart from in summer time it’s fairly chilly to camp right here. We camped in October it was beneath 0°C at night time even Chile was very chilly, she didn’t keep for braai outdoors and went straight to the tent as quickly because it acquired darkish. In spring the farm appears gorgeous with all of the fruit bushes in blossom and in good chilly winter, there may be a whole lot of snow right here so you’ll be able to come simply as a day customer except you need to experience tenting within the snow. 

The perfect and the busiest time to return right here is November – December – cherry harvest season, you’ll be able to choose cherries your self on this case you pay ZAR 75 per 1kg. If you happen to simply need to choose cherries with out staying right here in a single day you’ll be able to go to the farm as a day journey from Cape City, it’s not that far to drive to and again in at some point. On the way in which from Cape City you’ll be able to drive over Bainskloof Move, it’s probably the most scenic drives in Cape City.

Value ZAR 75 pp per night time, canine keep free.
Cellphone for reserving 087 550 0232

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure however it was not sizzling, in summer time it is probably not an issue however we have been very chilly
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – sure, on the workplace constructing
  • Different – all websites have picket benches and tables.
  • Wooden ZAR20/crate.

Things to do

  • December – choosing cherries
  • September – October – having fun with bushes in blossom
  • Summer season – a pleasant escape from the warmth of Cape City right here the temperatures are 6-7 °C decrease.
Cherry trees in blossom at Klondyke cherry farm near Ceres
Chile at Klondyke cherry farm through the spring blossom

Beaverlac campsite, Porterville

  • Distance from Cape City – 170 km
  • Driving time – 2h10min.

This lovely campsite is hidden within the mountains between the orange tree plantations – a spot of tranquility close to Porterville. Massive grassy space, spacious websites, can accommodate as much as 800 individuals. Considered one of Chile’s favourite campsites she actually loved working round on the grass (the world is absolutely large) and swimming within the swimming pools. A very good place for fowl lovers and night time sky watching. You possibly can simply keep right here for per week or longer exploring, the world and stress-free. Notice! Not more than 2 canine per website. The final 5km drive is on a bumpy gravel street.

  • Value ZAR 75 per particular person, ZAR 45 kids (4-17yo), ZAR 50 per canine, ZAR30 per automobile.
  • Reserving is required, it may be performed over the telephone 022 931 2945.

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure, convey your personal bathroom paper
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – no
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – no
  • Different – there’s a store on the reception the place you should buy all the things you want for braai (meat, wooden) in addition to wine, bread, cool drinks, snacks and so on. The costs are virtually the identical (perhaps 1 or 2 Rand extra) as at SPAR in Porterville.

Things to do

  • Swimming within the pure swimming pools
  • Mountaineering, there are two quick trails to the swimming pools and two longer trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing.

Porterville

There are two dog-friendly eating places on the primary street in entrance of one another. Koppikoffi has an enormous outdoors terrace the place you’ll be able to sit with a canine, nice number of meals; pizzas, breakfasts, Boboti, sandwiches, lunches, and so on. They’ve good espresso and truffles. We beloved their breakfast wrap with bacon and boerewors. The second-place 51 on predominant may be very good; pleasant individuals, instantly introduced water for Chile, they’ve a breakfast menu, sandwiches, and another meals. The massive drawback for us they’ve solely prompt espresso, however their cake was actually good. For procuring, you’ll be able to go to SPAR.

Rocky pools and small waterfalls at Beaverlac campsite near Cape Town
Chile actually loved swimming and taking part in on the rocky swimming pools at Beaverlac campsite

Matroosberg Personal Nature reserve and campsite, Ceres

  • Distance from Cape City – 174 km
  • Driving time – 2h15min.

A wonderful tenting spot within the forest between pine bushes. Once more the most effective time to camp right here in summer time when it’s good and heat. Our tenting experience in October was fairly freezing however it’s one thing totally different to experience. If you wish to check your cold-weather gear e.g. sleeping bag, it’s the proper place to return. There’s a lot to do right here for out of doors sports activities lovers the world is large and delightful. 

  • Value ZAR 70 per particular person, ZAR 50 per youngster, ZAR20 per canine (this cash goes to SPCA). Nobody-night bookings over the weekend.
  • Cellphone for reserving 023 312 2282

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – no
  • Energy shops – no
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – no
  • Different – should buy wooden on the reception. 

Things to do

  • Mountaineering, there’s a lengthy hike to one of many highest peaks within the Western Cape you are able to do it in a single or two days. There are shorter hikes as effectively.
  • Abseiling
  • 4×Four driving
  • Mountainbiking
  • Snowboarding, snowboarding (winter).

Ceres

Fairly an enormous city with a few eating places, espresso locations and massive supermarkets (SPAR and Choose and Pay). We stopped at Deja Brew espresso store simply outdoors the city good dog-friendly restaurant/brewery with a breakfast and lunch menu in addition to sandwiches, truffles, and good espresso. They’ve an enormous grassy space round so your canine can stretch its legs and stroll round a bit. For good take away espresso test Tremor Espresso Bar

A camping spot in the forest at Matroosberg campsite near Cape Town
Our tenting spot within the forest at Matroosberg

Citrus Creek caravan park, Citrusdal

  • Distance from Cape City – 176 km
  • Driving time – 2 hours

The campsite is located on the sting of the city on a farm. It’s a good place for a household weekend. Good services, well-maintained space, spacious grassed websites. The swimming pool is a pleasant addition in summer time for each kids and adults, canine should not allowed within the pool. Notice! Some cattle (geese, chickens, horses) stroll across the campsite, so make sure that your canine received’t chase them. Chile was fairly enthusiastic about roosters particularly once they got here shut. 

  • Value ZAR 150 per particular person, ZAR 100 per youngster (beneath 10), canine keep free.
  • Cellphone for reserving 022 921 3145

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – sure
  • Different – wi-fi, swimming pool, inside space with braai, desk tennis, pool, tables and benches.

Things to do

  • Horse-back driving
  • Swimming within the pool
  • Gold taking part in (golf course subsequent door).

On the way in which to Citrusdal about 20 km earlier than there’s a large restaurant/store Kardoesie. They’ve many outdoors tables the place you’ll be able to sit with a canine, the world is good and spacious so your canine can stretch its legs a bit. Massive menu; sandwiches, breakfasts, mains, espresso, and desserts.

A swimming pool at Citrus Creek campsite near Citrusdal
An enormous swimming pool at Citrus Creek campsite, excellent for cooling down on a sizzling day

Umshanti, Swellendam

  • Distance from Cape City – 230 km
  • Driving time – 2h40min.

This campsite is an extremely lovely place on the banks of Buffeljags dam surrounded by mountains simply 12km from Swellendam. It’s an ideal place for a household vacation or romantic getaway. The campsite is sort of small can accommodate solely 20 individuals in the event you’re an enormous household you’ll be able to mainly have all of it for your self. The place may be very cozy and offers you a little bit of a fairy story feeling. There are stairs that result in the water, Chile appreciated working down and leaping into the refreshing water. Notice! Not straightforward to search out, no signal to show off from the primary street, comply with the GPS coordinate (S3401’12 E2032’37) or ask the house owners to ship you a pin (as we did). It’s an excellent place to cease in the event you’re heading to the Backyard Route.

  • Value ZAR 320 per website (as much as 6 individuals), canine keep free
  • Cellphone for reserving 028 512 3787

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – sure
  • Different – all websites have a picket shade shelter, picket benches, and tables. There may be fairly an enormous freezer on the ablution constructing. Playground for kids. Kayaks and boats freed from cost to make use of.

Things to do

  • If in case you have a ship you’ll be able to convey it with, launching charge ZAR60
  • Water snowboarding
  • Kayaking, paddling
  • Swimming
  • Mountaineering
  • Paid actions: boat cruising, micro lighting

On the way in which

Canine-friendly cheese store on the way in which, about 20km away, the place you should buy totally different cheeses from the world, sweets, jams, preserves, and so on. Complimentary contemporary made espresso, canine are allowed within the store and on the terrasse. Opened 7 days per week from 9am to 5pm. 

A dam at Umshanti campsite a beautiful dog-friendly campsite
Kayaks and canoes on the dam at lovely Umshanti campsite

Rondeberg vacation resort and tenting, Clanwilliam

  • Distance from Cape City – 250 km
  • Driving time – 2h40min.

A fully gorgeous place at Bulshoek Dam. Chile beloved this place; heat water, large grassy space, sandy seaside all you could make your canine excited. Nice for swimming and taking part in within the water in addition to for fishing, water snowboarding, kayaking, and so on. The campsite is a pleasant cease on the way in which to Northern Cape and its predominant points of interest. The surroundings is breathtaking; mountains, dam, vineyards an ideal household vacation place removed from the noisy and bustling metropolis. Notice! There are some geese and geese strolling and swimming round make sure that your canine received’t hunt them. It’s an excellent place to camp through the spring to see the flower season in Namaqualand.

  • Value ZAR 330 weekdays per website as much as 6 individuals, ZAR 400 weekends per website as much as 6 individuals, canine keep free.
  • Cellphone for reserving 021 100 3689.

Amenities

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bathrooms – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – sure
  • Different – playground for kids, small store on the reception the place you should buy cool drinks, snacks, wooden and so on.

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Water snowboarding, wake-boarding 
  • Kayaking
  • Mountaineering
  • Hen watching

Clanwilliam

The campsite is 22km away from the city you’ll be able to at all times go there to fill your provides. There’s a good meals place  Velskoendraai Farmer’s Market & Restaurant on the entrance to Clanwilliam the place you’ll be able to order breakfast, sandwiches, roosterkoeke, vegetarian dishes, and so on.

Camping spots at Rondeberg
Rondeberg campsite at Bulshoek Dam is a good place to camp together with your canine

If in case you have a small canine like yorkie you may have extra choices some campsites enable to convey tiny canine with even when formally they don’t seem to be dog-friendly.

Thanks for studying this text we sincerely hope it’ll enable you to to have an excellent tenting vacation together with your canine. By the way in which even in the event you don’t have a canine these campsites are completely value of go to with family and friends. 

If you recognize any dog-friendly campsites within the space that aren’t listed right here, please, tell us within the remark part we with Chile will go and test them out. 



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