Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventures Around SA Part 1
Get the most out of summer with your companion and these beautiful dog-friendly hikes and walking trails in this two-part blog. We’ll be highlighting some of the top spots for Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.
Before heading out the door and into the outdoors, here are some useful tips to consider:
Make sure you both stop for plenty water breaks in the shade. Try finding a collapsible pet water bowl for easy, on-the-go hydration.
If you’re new to an area or visiting, we recommend you speak to someone who knows the area well, and who can advise you on the safest routes.
Lead and collar:
Even if your dog is well-trained, we recommend you take a lead and collar or harness as some spots require that dogs be kept on them. If you’re walking in the early morning or late evening, visibility is important for both yourself and your companion, so a high-visibility dog collar, and a vest for yourself.
Don’t forget to take a plastic bag with you so that you clean up any mess left by your dog.
Make sure to check your dog after walks or hikes for any potential nasty bugs or bites like ticks.
Where to go Gauteng
Melville Koppies East
Enjoy a walk or hike at this nature reserve and heritage site with a spectacular view.
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
Here you’ll find a river amongst the grasslands, a koppie to climb and many trails to explore with your companion at this reserve in Pretoria.
Kruin Park Nature Reserve
This picturesque reserve with lovely views is situated in Pretoria and part of the oldest nature reserve in South Africa.
Walkhaven Dog Park
This park can be found in the Muldersdrift area, close to the Cradle of Humankind. Walkhaven offers plenty of space to securely and peacefully exercise your dog.
This long stretch of green lawn is dotted with ponds where dogs can swim, offering a fun adventure for both owner and pet.
Not technically Jo’burg, but just a lovely countryside drive away, Kranskloof offers challenging hikes for dog owners as well as moderate hikes and walking trails to suit your four-legged companions. Pet-friendly accommodation is also offered, along with swimming pool facilities. Note that dogs must be kept on their leash at all times, and bookings for accommodation should be secured three weeks in advance. If you’re going to stay over, don’t forget to pack your Field + Forest™.
Where to go Mpumalanga
Buffalo Gorge, Middelburg
Buffalo Gorge is perfect for bike riding while watching over your pets. They also offer mountain biking, horse riding, abseiling, rock climbing, and paintballing as part of their activities. If you plan to stay for a day or two there are various camping options, just make sure you’ve packed your Field + Forest™.
Where to go KwaZulu-Natal
If you’re in the Dolphin Coast area, you can securely walk your dog along this beautiful stretch of sandy beach in Ballito.
Alfred Park offers a fun, dog-friendly outdoor reserve with a small swamp forest and grasslands.
Glenholme Nature Reserve
This reserve is filled with grasslands, a small stream and swamp forest. Your dog will love it!
La Mercy Beach
Ideal for early morning or lazy Sunday afternoon walks, this beach doesn’t have any leash restrictions allowing your dog to roam freely and socialise with other dogs.
Umhlanga Lighthouse Beach
This beautiful length of soft, sandy beach provides the perfect spot to stretch your legs with your four-legged companion. Note that dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Be sure catch our next blog post where we’ll be focusing on outdoor exploration in both the Western and Eastern Cape.