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Superb 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 seek out dog-friendly locations and even for those who do a few of them enable solely small breed canine. It was our first tenting with a canine experience and we completely cherished it! Attributable to our nomadic life-style, 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 a little bit bit and took her for a tenting journey with the concept to go to the very best dog-friendly campsites round Cape City. Right here is the results of our journey.

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

Want to recollect when tenting with a canine

  • Though all of the listed campsites are confirmed dog-friendly, inquire when reserving about bringing canine.
  • Deliver poo spade and luggage and clear after your canine.
  • Be sure your canine doesn’t hassle different campers, not everyone is a canine proprietor some folks could also be not very impressed in case your canine comes and jumps on them or their youngsters.
  • 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 is perhaps totally different because the campsites are very full in all probability your canine gained’t have that a lot freedom and house to run round.
  • If tenting in September-October bear in mind about ticks particularly in case your canine sleeps in a tent with you.
Campbell & Chile rowing a kayak
Campbell and our adventurous Chile on a kayak at one of many dog-friendly campsites close to Cape City

In case your canine likes being energetic and enjoys strolling there are some nice pet-friendly mountaineering trails in Cape City that you just would possibly wish to discover.

Finest dog-friendly campsites close to Cape City

Map of dog-friendly campsites in Western Cape
A map of the very best 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 favored operating round and exploring the place. Completely dog-friendly, canine are as welcome as folks. Situated removed from foremost roads in a fantastic tranquil space. Notice! It’s a operating 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.

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

Services

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

Things to do

  • Swimming within the river
  • Climbing, brief 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 stunning place is the one campsite on the listing we didn’t go to. The primary reason is the highway 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 common in October it was absolutely booked for weekends until April. No day guests allowed.

  • Worth ZAR 130 per individual, ZAR 70 per baby, 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.

Services

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bogs – sure
  • Electrical energy – no
  • Energy shops – no
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – no

Things to do

  • Climbing
  • 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 joyful 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 amenities, clear and nicely maintained. Chile cherished swimming and enjoying within the water. Notice! The campsite is canine pleasant however all canine have to be on a leash. Inform about bringing a canine when making a reserving, convey poo spade. 

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

Services

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

Things to do

  • Climbing, there a number of mountaineering trails. Canine usually are 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 beautiful little city with many cafes and craft outlets. Fairly a couple of mountain bike and mountaineering 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 principle avenue, there’s a charity store the place you should buy outdated 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 mates provides many alternative water actions; snowboarding, paddling, kayaking, and so on. Canine-friendly just for small and medium breed canine, no huge canine, small canine can run round with out a leash, medium dimension canine as nicely in the event that they’re well-behaved and don’t hassle different campers. 

  • Worth  ZAR 90 per individual, canine keep at no cost.
  • Cellphone for reserving 076 199 4085

Services

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bogs – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – sure
  • Different – playground for youngsters. 

Things to do

  • Water snowboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing.

Affie Plaas

Simply earlier than the flip to Silwerstrand, there’s a huge 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 may sit along with your canine.

Silverstrand camping site near Cape Town
Silverstrand tenting website a well-liked weekend getaway and a terrific dog-friendly campsite

Khomeesdrif campsite, Riviersonderend

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

A phenomenal 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 may 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 chicken lovers’ paradise they’ll wake you up each morning! Test for a hidden swing below the deck. Chile actually favored it right here close by river and a small sandy seaside had been an actual deal with she performed and jumped within the water like loopy. We even took her for a brief kayak journey. 

  • Worth ZAR 320 per website as much as Four folks, ZAR 80 for an additional individual (max 6 folks per website), ZAR 20 per canine.
  • Cellphone for reserving 082 9370053 or 082 558 1594

Services

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bogs – 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 youngsters.
  • 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 for those who sit outdoors) that has a wide selection of pastries, omelets, and scrumptious sandwiches in addition to recent 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, try our current publish on the very best espresso outlets in Cape City.

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

Klondyke cherry farm, Ceres

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

A phenomenal farm surrounded by the mountains is usually a good summer season weekend escape from Cape City’s warmth. Aside from in summer season 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 received darkish. In spring the farm seems to be beautiful with all of the fruit timber in blossom and in good chilly winter, there may be a variety of snow right here so you may come simply as a day customer until you need to experience tenting within the snow. 

One of the best and the busiest time to come back right here is November – December – cherry harvest season, you may decide cherries your self on this case you pay ZAR 75 per 1kg. If you happen to simply need to decide cherries with out staying right here in a single day you may go to the farm as a day journey from Cape City, it’s not that far to drive to and again in sooner or later. On the way in which from Cape City you may drive over Bainskloof Cross, it’s probably the most scenic drives in Cape City.

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

Services

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure however it was not scorching, in summer season it might not be an issue however we had been very chilly
  • Flushing bogs – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – sure, on the workplace constructing
  • Different – all websites have wood benches and tables.
  • Wooden ZAR20/crate.

Things to do

  • December – selecting cherries
  • September – October – having fun with timber in blossom
  • Summer time – 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 in the course of the spring blossom

Beaverlac campsite, Porterville

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

This stunning campsite is hidden within the mountains between the orange tree plantations – a spot of tranquility close to Porterville. Large grassy space, spacious websites, can accommodate as much as 800 folks. One among Chile’s favourite campsites she actually loved operating round on the grass (the world is basically huge) and swimming within the swimming pools. A very good place for chicken 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 highway.

  • Worth ZAR 75 per individual, ZAR 45 youngsters (4-17yo), ZAR 50 per canine, ZAR30 per automobile.
  • Reserving is required, it may be accomplished over the telephone 022 931 2945.

Services

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bogs – sure, convey your personal rest room 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 every little thing you want for braai (meat, wooden) in addition to wine, bread, cool drinks, snacks and so on. The costs are nearly the identical (possibly 1 or 2 Rand extra) as at SPAR in Porterville.

Things to do

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

Porterville

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

Rocky pools and small waterfalls at Beaverlac campsite near Cape Town
Chile actually loved swimming and enjoying 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 phenomenal tenting spot within the forest between pine timber. Once more the very best time to camp right here in summer season 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 correct place to come back. There’s a lot to do right here for outside sports activities lovers the world is huge and exquisite. 

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

Services

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bogs – sure
  • Electrical energy – no
  • Energy shops – no
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – no
  • Different – should purchase wooden on the reception. 

Things to do

  • Climbing, 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 nicely.
  • Abseiling
  • 4×Four driving
  • Mountainbiking
  • Snowboarding, snowboarding (winter).

Ceres

Fairly an enormous city with a few eating places, espresso locations and large 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 verify 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 amenities, well-maintained space, spacious grassed websites. The swimming pool is a pleasant addition in summer season for each youngsters and adults, canine usually are not allowed within the pool. Notice! Some livestock (geese, chickens, horses) stroll across the campsite, so be sure that your canine gained’t chase them. Chile was fairly enthusiastic about roosters particularly after they got here shut. 

  • Worth ZAR 150 per individual, ZAR 100 per baby (below 10), canine keep free.
  • Cellphone for reserving 022 921 3145

Services

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bogs – 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 enjoying (golf course subsequent door).

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

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

Umshanti, Swellendam

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

This campsite is an extremely stunning 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 folks for those who’re an enormous household you may principally have all of it for your self. The place may be very cozy and provides you a little bit of a fairy story feeling. There are stairs that result in the water, Chile favored operating down and leaping into the refreshing water. Notice! Not straightforward to seek out, no signal to show off from the principle highway, comply with the GPS coordinate (S3401’12 E2032’37) or ask the house owners to ship you a pin (as we did). It’s a terrific place to cease for those who’re heading to the Backyard Route.

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

Services

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

Things to do

  • If in case you have a ship you may convey it with, launching price ZAR60
  • Water snowboarding
  • Kayaking, paddling
  • Swimming
  • Climbing
  • 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 recent 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 stunning Umshanti campsite

Rondeberg vacation resort and tenting, Clanwilliam

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

A completely beautiful place at Bulshoek Dam. Chile cherished this place; heat water, huge grassy space, sandy seaside all it’s good to make your canine excited. Nice for swimming and enjoying 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 foremost 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 be sure that your canine gained’t hunt them. It’s a terrific place to camp in the course of the spring to see the flower season in Namaqualand.

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

Services

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Flushing bogs – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure
  • Braai place – sure
  • Cellphone reception – sure
  • Different – playground for youngsters, 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
  • Climbing
  • Hen watching

Clanwilliam

The campsite is 22km away from the city you may 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 may order breakfast, sandwiches, roosterkoeke, vegetarian dishes, and so on.

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

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

Thanks for studying this text we sincerely hope it’ll assist you to have a terrific tenting vacation along with your canine. By the way in which even for those who don’t have a canine these campsites are completely value of go to with family and friends. 

If you understand 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 verify them out. 



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