Holiday places to take your pooch

By admin
26 December 2013

Nothing upsets dog owners more than seeing their beloved pet’s sad face after spending an entire day home alone. Here are a few places where dogs are welcome in Cape Town

Nothing upsets dog owners more than seeing their beloved pet’s sad face after spending an entire day home alone. And although dogs are quick to forgive you don’t have to leave your dogs at home if you're in Cape Town for the holidays.

Here are a few places where dogs are welcome:


Most Capetonians and especially dog owners know De Waal Park in Upper Orange Street, Cape Town is a popular place to walk your dog, especially after work. On Monday 16 December dog owners can bring their beloved four-footed friends to the park where they can sit on Father Christmas’ lap and pose for a picture. The picture costs from R10 each to R115 for a pack of five (in various sizes) and you’ll get them in time so you can wish your nearest and dearest happy Christmas on 25 December.

Other parks that welcome dogs:

  • Alphen Park (Constantia)
  • The Rivier Rehabilitation Centre (Bishopscourt)
  • Cecilia Forest
  • Kromboom Park (Claremont)
  • Deer Park (Vredehoek)
  • Vredehoek Quarry (Vredehoek)

Remember to keep your dog on a lead when taking it for a walk in a public area. Most of the above-mentioned parks require dogs to be on a lead at all times.


This summer you can spoil your pooch and take it along when you eat out. Here are a few restaurants where your dog will be greeted with a smile:

  • Ons Huisie (Bloubergstrand)
  • Newport Deli (Mouille Point) check afr says sea point
  • Café Paradiso (Gardens) afr says Kaapstad
  • Touch of Madness (Observatory)
  • The Foodbarn (Noordhoek)
  • Cape to Cuba (Kalk Bay)
For a comprehensive list of Cape Town restaurants that welcome dogs click here.


You can take your dog along to these beaches to enjoy the sun and surf, provided it’s on a lead:

  • Graaff’s tidal pool
  • Capricorn Beach
  • Nine Miles Beach
  • Danger Beach
  • Milton Beach
  • Milton tidal pool

Your dog can run around without a lead on these beaches:

  • Clifton First Beach
  • Beta Beach, Bakoven
  • Sunset Beach, Sea Point
  • Froggy Pond, Simon’s Town check
  • The centre section of Hout Bay beach
  • Long Beach (Kommetjie)
  • Long Beach (Simon’s Town)
To see the beaches where your dog may not visit click here.

Keep the following dog etiquette rules in mind when taking your dog on an outing:

  • Know your dog’s personality. If people intimidate it rather take it for a walk to remote places.
  • Pick up your dog’s poop. Always take along a plastic bag when taking your dog to public places. No one wants to step in someone else’s dog’s booby traps. If you want to make a few human friends at the same time take a few extra bags along to dish out to other dog owners.
  • Have your dog neutered. No one likes being jumped on by strangers in the public and the same applies to dogs. Have it neutered before taking it out on public outings.
  • Take water along. Some parks and restaurants are only too happy to give your pooch a bowl of water but that’s not always the case. Take a long a bottle of water, especially if you plan to be out for a while.
  • Don’t take it for granted that everyone loves dogs. Children in particular are scare of dogs, so make sure you know how to control your pooch.

- Shané Barnard

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