South Africa Pet Friendly Directory

Travelling in South Africa with your pet? Those of us that consider our pets as part of the family, like to take them with us when travelling. is pleased to present a pet-friendly accommodation directory for people and their pets travelling in and to South Africa. Find accommodation (from comfortable to luxury) in South Africa, where pets are welcome to accompany the holiday maker.

Disclaimer / Guest Responsibilities
Please do not assume that every establishment will allow all pet types and breeds. We cannot be held responsible for a disappointing experience if you do not communicate with the establishment about your pet(s) prior to your arrival.

  • Prior arrangement is essential.
  • Message the establishment to confirm pet breed and size before finalizing your booking.
  • Please be aware that additional charges may apply (fee per pet and a cleaning fee on departure, for example).

Tips for travelling with your pet

  • Schedule a visit to to the vet to ensure overall health.
  • Make sure your pet's identification tags are up-to-date and readable.
  • Remember to pack water to prevent dehydration.
  • Pack all medications and supplements to avoid missed doses.
  • Pack a first aid kit in the event of an injury or medical emergency.
  • Exercise your pet prior to departure. A tired pet is much more amenable to travel.
  • Feed your pet at least four hours prior to departure to prevent car sickness.
  • Use a travel remedy, if necessary if your pet is anxious about travel.
  • Ask your vet for the correct calming remedy for your pet.
  • Trim your pets toenails to prevent snags and injury, especially if your pet will be confined to a cage or crate while travelling.

International travel

Before making any transport arrangements, you must make sure that all applicable documentation, such as possible import licences have been obtained. Vaccinations or health and quarantine requirements must also be met.

The following are required to bring your pet into South Africa from overseas:

  • Rabies / Health Certificate Requirements
    Vaccination certificate between 60 days and 1 year. Health Certificate must be current.
  • Quarantine
    Not required for cats.
    A 2 week quarantine may be required for dogs from some countries.
  • Import Permit

Popular pet friendly accommodation

View Pet Friendly Places by Province

Western Cape

 Pictured: The Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town
The Western Cape is all about wide open spaces and exploring the country side. Beautiful beaches hug the coast line many of which are pet-friendly and welcome your fur-kids (but you are expected to clean up behind them). Many restaurants ar...

Garden Route

 Pictured: T'Niqua Stable Inn in Plettenberg Bay
With its variety of beaches, forests, valleys and mountains, your pet wonít be able to choose what to do next in the Garden Route. Many of these natural attractions are pet-friendly, and there are a few lodgings that will be happy to have y...

Eastern Cape

 Pictured: The Milking Parlour Cottage in Kenton on Sea
Famed for its gorgeous beaches, small towns (and a few larger cities), and rolling hills, this is a quieter province that is ideal for days spent on long walks, exploring the prettiness around you. Many of the beaches, parks, and even resta...

KwaZulu Natal

 Pictured: The Merry Crab Beach Lodge in Umzumbe
KwaZulu Natal enjoys stunning beaches as well as the rolling midlands, giving your pets ample opportunity to sniff out some adventure. The pet-friendly beaches have warm water, while the many inland trails are always fun. Please clean up af...


 Pictured: Saamrus Guest Farm in Magaliesburg
Glitzy cities and a vibey nightlife donít mean that your pets canít be part of the Gauteng fun. There are parks and gardens, as well as beautiful places to run free just outside the city centres. There are also accommodation spots that are ...


 Pictured: Forest Creek Lodge & Spa in Dullstroom
Its natural beauty is rivalled only by the array of wildlife in Mpumalanga, making it the destination of choice for nature-lovers. Bring your furry children along to enjoy walks through indigenous forests and mountain passes, or relish loca...


 Pictured: Limpokwena Nature Reserve in Soutpansberg
In addition to the pet-friendly accommodation in Limpopo, there are breath-taking landscapes and reserves that are home to stunning wildlife. Walking through the countryside, following a trail, and enjoying a playful dip in the dams and riv...

North West Province

 Pictured: North Hills Country House in Klerksdorp
Celebrate the raw beauty of the Magaliesberg Mountains and the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West Province. Hiking trails are a hit for energetic dogs, and there are a number of pet-friendly accommodation spots in the province for ...

Free State

 Pictured: Clarens Butterfly Villa in Clarens
Corn and sunflower fields stretch as far as the eye can see, while rivers wind through the drama within the Free Stateís borders. Bring your pets to explore the local walking trails and spend time in the dams and rivers, and be sure to clea...

Northern Cape

 Pictured: Aan't Kanaal B&B in Upington
Bring your fur-kids along to the Northern Cape to enjoy vast expanses of deserts, wild flowers, quirky towns, and excellent food. As long as your pets are well-behaved and cared for, there are a few establishments that will be happy to acco...

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South Africa accommodation allowing pets to accompany holidaymakers

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