Shake your tail on over to one of these 5 pet-friendly stays across SA. (Photo: iStock)
There's nothing quite as disheartening as having to leave your fur babies at home as you trek off on another weekend escape. While flights will often allow you to bring a comforting emotional support pet on board, not all resorts are as accommodating.
2018 also marks the year of the dog and since South Africa has been dubbed an unofficial canine country - boasting a total of around nine million pooch pals - it's nearly criminal that not all of our family members are accounted for when planning a trip.
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To avoid departing to the woeful sighs and whines of your furry friends - why not try out one of these five pet-friendly accommodation options that are purrfect for a weekend getaway or holiday:
Barking Beach Cottage, Sandbaai
As if the namesake was not enough to get your paws tingling and whiskers frisked, this beach cottage is well suited for those looking for a solid Saffa escape with their fur babies in tow close on their tail.
Situated along the breathtaking Whale Coast of South Africa, Barking Beach Cottage offers dog-friendly accommodation in a stunning seaside setting near Hermanus. With features like the nearby dog-friendly beach coupled with the spectacular scenery and opportunity to spot some whales in migration - this accommodation is worth a tail shake or two.
- Where: Sandbaai, Hermanus, Western Cape
- Average per night: From R1 900
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River Edge Accommodation
For those seeking a tranquil river escape that is also paw-friendly, River Edge is worth a consideration. Hugging the shores of the Breede River, this accommodation offers guests the ideal spot to kick off your shoes and dive into relaxation.
Whether you're in the mood for a bout of fishing or wish to swim with the fish and your furry companions - River Edge brims with a range of water fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.
- Where: Breede River, Worcester, Western Cape
- Average per night: From R1 120
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Antbear Lodge, Estcourt
If you're sniffing out for a dog or pet friendly stay in the rugged Drakensberg area - you might want to consider Antbear Lodge just a short 20km from Estcourt. The lodge features a range of scenic thatched cottages offering lots of open ground space for your curious furr pal to roam and explore.
Soak up the glory of the views by trekking, with your four legged buddy, one of the available walking routes that lead to dams to explore and rest a bit.
- Where: Fernhurst Farm, Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal
- Average per night: From R1 890 (for two guests)
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St Francis E's-cape, St Francis Bay
This location is perfect for taking your furry friend for a walk along the canals. Nestled near a plethora of activities and sights in St Francis Bay, St Francis E's-cape is a pet-friendly haven for a solid weekend break.
Boasting spectacular coasts and beaches for you and your doggos to catch some waves in to lush nature reserves for a rejuvenating sunset stroll - on all two, or four, legs. The accommodation offers large and enclosed gardens which is an ideal sleeping or play space for your pooch while at the digs.
However, you will have to BYOPB&PB - bring your own pet bowls and pet bedding.
- Where: St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape
- Average per night: From R1 200
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Little Oak Cottage, Greyton
This pooch positive stand-alone property sits in the historic location of Greyton in the Overberg region. This is perfect for those looking for a quaint, quiet and cosy stay or quick getaway.
Some of the features include an indoor fireplace, braai facilities, plenty of living space as well as a kitted out kitchen area - allowing for a snug and comfortable stay.
- Where: Greyton, Overberg, Western Cape
- Average per night: From R1 280 (for two guests)
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