Best dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town

Camping with a dog Cape Town
Best dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town. Camping with a dog

Travelling with a dog can become a problem it’s not that easy to find dog-friendly places and even if you do some of them allow only small breed dogs. It was our first camping with a dog experience and we absolutely loved it! Due to our nomadic life style we don’t spend as much time as we’d like with our beloved borador (border collie + labrador) Chile so we decided to spoil her a little bit and took her for a camping trip with an idea to visit best dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town. Here is the result of our trip. By the way Chile absolutely loved camping and being a very social and friendly dog she made many people and dog friends. Except for dog-friendly campsites we stopped at some dog-friendly restaurants/coffee shops on the way which are listed here as well.

Chile at Khomeesdrif campsite. Camping with a dog
Our super friendly and playful borador Chile thoroughly reviewed all the following campsites.

Need to remember when camping with a dog

  • Even though all the listed campsites are confirmed dog-friendly, inquire when booking about bringing dogs.
  • Bring poo spade and bags and clean after your dog.
  • Make sure your dog doesn’t bother other campers, not everybody is a dog owner some people may be not very impressed if your dog comes and jumps on them or their children.
  • All the campsites are welcome friendly and well behaved dogs don’t bring an aggressive and unsocial dog with.
  • We camped in all the campsites off season, in peak season (Christmas, Easter, school holidays) it might be different as the campsites are very full probably your dog won’t have that much freedom and space to run around.
  • If camping in September-October remember about ticks especially if your dog sleeps in a tent with you.
Chile at Beaverlac campsite. Dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town
Chile with our tiny tent at Beaverlac campsite, Porterville

Best dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town. Thoroughly reviewed by borador Chile

Let’s start with Chile’s favorite campsites; RondebergUmshanti, Beaverlac and Khomeesdrif. The main reason she liked the following four campsites is nearby sources of water; dams, rivers or natural pools, Chile is a big fan of swimming and playing in the water. Except for that all these campsites have spacious grassy areas and located in very beautiful places.

Map of dog-friendly campsites in Western Cape
Map of best dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town, Western Cape

Rondeberg holiday resort and camping, Clanwilliam

Absolutely stunning place at Bulshoek Dam, Chile loved this place; warm water, big grassy area, sandy beach all you need to make your dog excited. Great for swimming and playing in the water as well as for fishing, water skiing, kayaking etc. The scenery is breathtaking; mountains, dam, vineyards a perfect family holiday place far from noisy and bustling city. Note! There are some ducks and geese walking and swimming around make sure your dog won’t hunt them. 
Price from ZAR180 (ZAR400 peak season) per site (up to 6 people), dogs stay free.
Phone for booking +27 79 760 0247; land line (021) 100 3689.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – yes
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – yes
  • Other – playground for children, small shop at the reception where you can buy cool drinks, snacks, wood etc.

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Water skiing, wake-boarding 
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Bird watching

Clanwilliam

The campsite is 22km away from the town you can always go there to fill your supplies. There is a nice food place  Velskoendraai Farmer’s Market & Restaurant at the entrance to Clanwilliam where you can order breakfast, sandwiches, roosterkoeke, vegetarian dishes etc.

Rondeberg campsite, Bulshoek Dam, Clanwilliam
Rondeberg campsite, Bulshoek Dam, Clanwilliam
Rondeberg Dam, Bulshoek Dam, Clanwilliam
Bulshoek Dam, an awesome place for swimming.

Umshanti, Swellendam

Incredibly beautiful place on the banks of Buffeljags dam surrounded by the mountains just 12km from Swellendam. It’s a perfect place for a family holiday or romantic getaway. The campsite is quite small can accommodate only 20 people if you’re a big family you can basically have it all for yourself. The place is very cozy and gives you a bit of a fairy tale feelling. There are stairs that lead to the water, Chile liked running down and jumping into the refreshing water. Note! Not easy to find, no sign to turn off from the main road, follow the GPS coordinate (S3401’12 E2032’37) or ask the owners to send you a pin (as we did).
Price ZAR280 per site (up to 6 people), dogs stay free
Phone for booking 072 601 07 97, land line 028 512 3787

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – yes
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – yes
  • Other – all sites have a wooden shade shelter, wooden benches and tables. There is quite a big freezer at the ablution building. Playground for children. Kayaks and boats free of charge to use.

Things to do

  • If you have a boat you can bring it with, launching fee ZAR60
  • Water skiing
  • Kayaking, paddling
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Paid activities: boat cruising, micro lighting

On the way

Dog-friendly cheese padstal on the way, about 20km away, where you can buy different cheeses from the area, sweets, jams, preserves etc. Complementary fresh made coffee, dogs are allowed in the shop and at the terrasse. Opened 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. 

Umshanti campsite, Swellendam. Dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town
Umshanti campsite, Buffeljags Dam, Swellendam
Buffeljags Dam, Swellendam
Stunning view over Buffeljags Dam from Umshanti campsite

Beaverlac campsite, Porterville

Hidden in the mountains between the orange plantations a place of tranquility near Porterville. Big grassy area, spacious sites, can accommodate up to 800 people. One of Chile’s favorite campsites she really enjoyed running around on the grass (the area is really big) and swimming in the pools. A good place for bird lovers and night sky watching. You can easily stay here for a week or longer exploring, the area and relaxing. Note! No more than 2 dogs per site. Last 5km the drive is on a bumpy gravel road.
Price ZAR65 per person, ZAR50 per dog, ZAR30 per car.
Booking Booking is required, online booking only (through the website), no phone booking.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flushing toilets – yes, bring your own toilet paper
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – no
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – no
  • Other – there is a shop at the reception where you can buy everything you need for braai (meat, wood) as well as wine, bread, cool drinks, snacks etc. The prices are almost the same (maybe 1 or 2 Rand more) as at SPAR in Porterville.

Things to do

  • Swimming in the natural pools
  • Hiking, there are two short trails to the pools and two longer trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing.

Porterville

There are two dog friendly restaurants on the main road in front of each other. Koppikoffi has a big outside terrace where you can sit with a dog, great variety of food; pizzas, breakfasts, Boboti, sandwiches, lunches etc. They have good coffee and cakes. We loved their breakfast wrap with bacon and boerewors. The second place 51 on main is very nice; friendly people, immediately brought water for Chile, they have breakfast menu, sandwiches and some other food. The big disadvantage for us they have only instant coffee but their cake was really good. For shopping you can go to SPAR.

Beaverlac campsite, camping with a dog Cape Town
Beaverlac campsite, Porterville
Waterfalls at Beaverlac. Dog-friendly campsites in Cape Town
Chile having fun at one of the waterfalls at Beaverlac

Khomeesdrif caravan park and camping, Riviersonderend

Beautiful campsite at the river bank just 5km away from Riviersonderend between the wheat fields and the mountains. It has a stunning deck where you can have breakfast, enjoy sunrise, read or watch birds. The place is a real bird lovers paradise they will wake you up every morning! Check for a hidden swing under the deck. Chile really liked it here nearby river and a small sandy beach were a real treat she played and jumped in the water like crazy. We even took her for a short kayak trip. 
Price ZAR300 per site (4 people), ZAR70 for an extra person (max 6 people per site), dogs stay free.
Phone for booking 082 9370053, land line  028 2611995

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – no
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – no
  • Other – free to use plastic kayaks and sups. Tables and benches at the deck. Small playground for children.
  • Wood ZAR40 for a big bag.

Things to do

  • Swimming in the river
  • Kayaking, paddling
  • Bird watching.

Riviersonderend

Nice little town with Ou Meul coffee shop/bakery (dog-friendly if you sit outside) that has a big variety of pastries, omelettes and delicious sandwiches as well as fresh juices and shakes. There is a biltong shop and a craft shop in the same building.

Khomeesdrif campsite. Camping with a dog in Western Cape
Beautiful deck at the river, Khomeesdrif campsite, Riviersonderend
Kayaking with a dog
Chile’s first kayaking experience at Khomeesdrif campsite

Oewerzicht Farm, Greyton

Nice farm campsite at the river bank with many things to do. Spacious grassy spots (25 sites) some facing the river. Good facilities, clean and well maintained. Chile loved swimming and playing in the water. Note! The campsite is dog friendly but all dogs must be on a leash. Inform about bringing a dog when make booking, bring poo spade. 
Price ZAR330 for 4 people, ZAR90 for an extra person (up to 6 people per site), dogs stay free.
Phone for booking  028 254-9831

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – yes
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – no
  • Other – each site has a wooden shade shelter.
  • Wood ZAR20 for a bag.

Things to do

  • Hiking, there several hiking trails. Dogs are not allowed on the trails
  • Mountain biking, 25km trail
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking. 

Greyton

Te campsite is just 9km away from the town. Greyton is a dog friendly lovely little town with many cafes and craft shops. Quite a few mountain bike and hiking routes start from the town. Dogs in Greyton are everywhere and all are very friendly even street dogs are in good conditions.
We had late breakfast at Pure cafe they have good coffee and great breakfasts. Dog friendly if sit outside. On the main street there is a charity shop where you can buy old books and other second hand stuff the money goes to the dog rescue fund.

Oewerzicht farm, best dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town
Oewerzicht farm campsite, Greyton
Oewerzicht campsite, Greyton
Oewerzicht campsite, Greyton

Klondyke cherry farm, Ceres

A beautiful farm surrounded by the mountains can be a perfect summer weekend escape from Cape Town’s heat. Other than in summer it’s quite cold to camp here. We camped in October it was below 0°C at night even Chile was very cold, she didn’t stay for braai outside and went straight to the tent as soon as it got dark. In spring the farm looks stunning with all the fruit trees in blossom and in good cold winter there is a lot of snow here so you can come just as a day visitor unless you want to experience camping in snow. The best and the busiest time to come here is December – cherry harvest season, you can pick cherries yourself in this case you pay ZAR65 per 1kg. 

Price ZAR60 pp per night, dog stay free.
Phone for booking 087-550 0232

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes but it was not hot, in summer it may not be a problem but we were very cold
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – yes
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – yes, at the office building
  • Other – all sites have wooden benches and tables.
  • Wood ZAR20/crate.

Things to do

  • December – picking cherries
  • September – October – enjoying trees in blossom
  • Summer – nice escape from the heat of Cape Town here the temperatures are 6-7 °C lower.
Camping with a dog at Klondyke Cherry farm
Klondyke Cherry farm campsite, Ceres
Dog-friendly campsites in Western Cape
Chile at pear tree plantation, klondyke Cherry farm, Ceres

Matroosberg Private Nature reserve and campsite, Ceres

Beautiful campsite spot in the forest between pine trees. Again the best time to camp here is summer when it’s nice and warm. Our camping experience in October was quite freezing but it’s something different to experience. If you want to test your cold weather gear e.g. sleeping bag, it’s a right place to come. There is a lot to do here for outdoor sport lovers the area is big and beautiful. 
Price ZAR55 per person, ZAR20 per dog (this money goes to SPCA).
Phone for booking 023 312 2282, land line 023 312 2282

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – no
  • Power outlets – no
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – no
  • Other – can buy wood at the reception. 

Things to do

  • Hiking, there is a long hike to one of the highest peaks in Western Cape you can do it in one or two days. There are shorter hikes as well.
  • Abseiling
  • 4×4 driving
  • Mountainbiking
  • Skiing, snowboarding (winter).

Ceres

Quite a big town with a couple of restaurants, coffee places and big supermarkets (SPAR and Pick and Pay). We stopped at Deja Brew coffee shop just outside the town nice dog friendly restaurant/brewery with breakfast and lunch menu as well as sandwiches, cakes and good coffee. They have big grassy area around so your dog can stretch its legs and walk around a bit. For good take away coffee check Tremor Coffee Bar

Camping with a dog at Matroosberg campsite, Ceres
Matroosberg campsite, Ceres
Camping with a dog at Ceres
Chile enjoying sunset at Matroosberg campsite before it got too cold.

Rivierplaas, Worcester

Big campsite on the farm at Breede river, 25km from Worcester. Spacious and grassy area, Chile liked running around and exploring the place. Absolutely dog-friendly, dogs are as welcome as people. Located far from main roads in a beautiful tranquil area. Note! It’s a running farm at the river there are many insects at night and early morning (small flies, mosquitoes etc.) bring repellent with you.
Price ZAR200 per site (4 people), bigger sites are available from ZAR290. ZAR30 per dog.
Phone for booking 084 710 0139

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes, from a dunkey there is free wood to make a fire
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – no
  • Power outlets – no
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – yes
  • Other – playgrounds for children. Farm shop at the reception where you can buy cool drinks, wood, snacks, ice.

Things to do

  • Swimming in the river
  • Hiking, short trails.
Camping with a dog at Worcester
Campbell and Chile at Rivierplaas campsite, Worcester
Dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town
Rivierplaas campsite, Worcester

Silwerstrand caravan park, Robertson

Very popular place quite full on weekends and holidays at the river bank just outside of Robertson. Very social campsite ideal for weekend with a family or friends, offers many different water activities; skiing, paddling, kayaking etc. Dog-friendly only for small and medium breed dogs, no big dogs, small dogs can run around without a leash, medium size dogs as well if they’re well-behaved and don’t bother other campers. 

Price  ZAR90 pp, dogs stay for free.
Phone for booking 076 199 4085

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – yes
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – yes
  • Other – playground for children. 

Things to do

  • Water skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing.

Affie Plaas
Just before the turn to Silwerstrand there is a big coffee/craft shop Affie Plaas where you can buy pies, rusks, fresh squeezed juice, coffee etc. There are table outside where you can sit with your dog.

Best dog-friendly campsites near Cape Town
Breerivier, Silwerstrand caravan park, Robertson
Camping with a dog in Western Cape
Silwerstrand caravan park, Robertson

Citrus Creek caravan park, Citrusdal

Located on the edge of the town at the farm the campsite is a nice place for family weekend. Good facilities, well maintained area, spacious grassed sites. The swimming pool is a nice addition in summer for both children and adults, dogs are not allowed in the pool. Note! Some farm animals (geese, chicken, horses) walk in the campsite make sure your dogs won’t chase them. Chile was quite excited about roosters especially when they came close. 
Price ZAR130 per person, dogs stay free.
Phone for booking 022 921 3145

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – yes
  • Power outlets – yes
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – yes
  • Other – wi-fi, swimming pool, inside area with braai, table tennis, pool, tables and benches.

Things to do

  • Horse-back riding
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Gold playing (golf course next door).

On the way to Citrusdal about 20km before there is a big restaurant/shop Kardoesie. They have many outside tables where you can sit with a dog, the area is nice and spacious so your dog can stretch its legs a bit. Big menu; sandwiches, breakfasts, mains, coffee and desserts.

Dog-friendly campsite in Citrusdal
Citrus Creek caravan park, Citrusdal
Dog-friendly campsites in Citrusdal
Swimming pool at Citrus Creek caravan park

Secret Falls, Tulbah

The only one campsite we didn’t go the main reason is the road is very steep, you need a proper 4×4 with low range which our Terios doesn’t have. Apparently an awesome campsite with just 10 spots. Confirmed dog-friendly (on phone), max 2 dogs per site. Very busy and popular in October it was fully booked for weekends till April. No day visitors allowed.
Price ZAR140 per person, ZAR80 per dog.
Booking Online booking only, through the website, 50% payment needed to confirm the booking.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Flushing toilets – yes
  • Electricity – no
  • Power outlets – no
  • Braai place – yes
  • Cell phone reception – no

Things to do

  • Hiking
  • 4×4 driving
  • Swimming in the natural pools.
Dog-friendly campsites in Cape Town
Chile resting at home after her camping adventure.

If you have a small dog like yorkie you have more options some campsites allow to bring tiny dogs with even if officially they are not dog-friendly.

Thank you for reading this article we sincerely hope it’ll help you to have a great camping holiday with your dog. By the way even if you don’t have a dog these campsites are totally worth of visit with friends and family. 

If you know any dog-friendly campsites in the area that are not listed here, please, let us know in the comment section we with Chile will go and check them out. 

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