When travelling, we know that one of the hardest things to do is leave your fur baby behind, which is why we, at Hello Garden Route say bring them along! Life is too short to enjoy a holiday without your four-legged love by your side.
Known as a year-round holiday hotspot, the Garden Route has a well-deserved reputation for unmatched natural beauty, incredible outdoor attractions and friendly hospitality, offering everything you could need for a family and pet-friendly vacation. From the stunning shores of Plettenberg Bay to the iconic hiking trails of Knysna and everything in between, you and your loved ones can explore all that this coastal wonderland has to offer without fear of having to leave your furry best friend behind.
The dedicated team at Hello Garden Route – Your Friendly Experts in Garden Route Holidays are available to help you plan and book your all-inclusive family holiday. From arranging pet-friendly accommodation to suit your party size and budget to offering a range of activities and restaurants to enjoy, we’ve got you and your fur babies covered.
Pet-Friendly Restaurants in the Garden Route
Treat yourself to a mouth-watering meal as you and your furry companion explore the Garden Route. From energy-boosting cappuccinos to fresh seafood and a variety of local treats, our pet-friendly Garden Route restaurant guide will provide a few places that are more than happy to accommodate your pet.
Offering visitors the best in local hospitality and homemade delights from its very own bakery, Thyme & Again is the perfect stop for a delicious cup of coffee and a treat while relaxing in the garden with your doggo by your side. Be sure to visit the Farm Stall for a variety of locally sourced artisanal goods and fresh produce, or pick up a few craft beers or a bottle of craft gin to enjoy later. Come by for a fresh, authentic and just plain delicious time.
This incredible cafe located within the Garden Route Botanical Garden is the perfect place to stop for a delicious bite to eat before exploring the beauty all around you. Whether you’re stopping in for a light meal, a decadent milkshake or enjoying one of Marshmallow’s weekend braais, your furry friend is welcome. With a large garden for pups to enjoy and water bowls available, you can both fill up and relax before exploring any one of the Botanical Garden’s walking and hiking trails. Please be advised that all pups must be on a leash when in the Botanical Garden.
If you’ve got a craving for good food, great beer and even better company, The Blind Pig is what you’re looking for. This restaurant has become a local hotspot in Wilderness thanks to its laid back vibe, a tasty selection of fan-favourite dishes and live music events throughout the year. Grab your doggo and enjoy a cold pint in the summer sunshine while the melodic sounds of local artists create the perfect atmosphere. What could be better?
A local gem situated along the shores of Plettenberg Bay, Off The Hook has become synonymous with excellent seafood and a great day out. With a delicious menu specialising in seafood, gourmet burgers and Lebanese dishes, you’re sure to have an unforgettable meal. Not merely known for their delectable menu, the staff are incredibly friendly and will happily cater for your pup with water bowls available. Please be advised that only registered service animals are allowed inside, but all pets are allowed at the outside seating area.
Well-known in George for their relaxed family-friendly environment, Mujo Food is a must stop while exploring the Garden Route. Semi-famous for their incredible wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers and legendary lamb curry, this foodie gem is the perfect place to experience George hospitality. Boasting indoor and outdoor play areas for kids, large TV’s to ensure you never miss a match and a fireplace to warm you up on chilly days, Mujo is the place to be no matter the weather. Throw in live music gigs every Friday night and Sunday afternoons and the fact that they’re one of the most pet-friendly restaurants around, and you’ve got yourself a winner!
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Dog-Friendly Public Places to Visit in the Garden Route
Now that you’ve filled up on a delicious meal, it’s time to explore the attractions Garden Route is famous for. Considered an outdoor adventure utopia – and for good reason – there are a few places your pup can explore with you.
Voted as one of the top 5 attractions in George, this iconic Saturday open-air market is a must-see. Offering more than 150 stalls selling everything from food to freshly baked treats, craft beers, pet treats, decor, clothing and more – you’re guaranteed to find a treat for yourself and your doggo. More than an ordinary market, Outeniqua is an experience! Boasting live entertainment, pony rides and pedal cars that kids will love, and spacious grounds to enjoy, there’s simply no better way to start your Saturday.
Not visiting a vineyard while in the Garden Route is like visiting Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower – just plain crazy! Lodestone Wine & Olives, nestled in the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, is a stunning fynbos-covered property that provides a picture-perfect setting as you relax on a summer day and enjoy a variety of exquisite locally produced wines and olives. Although pets are not allowed in the tasting room, they are more than welcome to join you at the outdoor picnic tables as you enjoy a delicious meal or a wine tasting!
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Walking and Hiking trails at Botanical Garden, George
Bollard Bay, Knysna
Margaret’s Viewpoint, Knysna
The Wreck Beach, Plettenberg Bay
Solar Beach, Plettenberg Bay
Cola Beach, Sedgefield
Pet-Friendly Accommodation in the Garden Route
Thankfully, for those who can’t stand the thought of leaving behind their beloved pets as they head on holiday, pet-friendly accommodation has become more commonplace. With more options than ever before, we can help you find a holiday rental to accommodate every member of your family – no matter where in the Garden Route you’re headed.
For more pet-friendly accommodation options, click here, and if you’re interested in even more pet-friendly restaurants and activities to enjoy with your four-legged bestie we’ve got you covered in our Garden Route Pet Friendly Guide.
Whether you’ve got your heart set on a leisurely experience or nonstop adventure, our professional and friendly Hello Garden Route team will help you plan an idyllic Garden Route holiday any time of year.