Holiday time? Book ahead! And if you’re taking your doggles with on your Eastern Cape coastal holiday, bookmark these fabulous hikes, walks and places to stay right away…

Responsible tourism tip: Great travellers scoop the poop (with compostable poop bags) and keep pooch on a leash to avoid disrupting wildlife.



Exotic, with pets.

Beaches here are A-Okay for four paws and flufftails if they’re accompanied by a responsible human.

Stay at the Fish Eagle Cottage, which welcomes pooches of all types. The double-story sleeps up to 8 in all. It’s five and a half kilometres from the beach, with relaxing ocean views, a gorgeous thatched roof, and lush gardens.


Port Alfred

Beach life and barkies.

Dogs may run and play on both East and West beaches but must always be leashed.

Accommodation awaits at Starfish Cottage, a quaint fisherman’s home that has been restyled for your rest and relaxation. There’s on-premises parking for easy arrival and departure. Adriana  says, “Sanumi took great care to ensure we and our dogs were happy at all times. It is a short walking distance from the beach and not too far from the shops.“


Port Elizabeth

Relaxed and close to the city.

King’s Beach and Sacramento Trail (Schoenmakerskop Dunes) beckon you and your doggie on a scenic P.E. trip. No horses will surprise your dogs on King’s Beach. See if you can spot the shipwreck that the 8km trail and dunes are named after. Enjoy fynbos, open air and all the beautiful natural smells that come with it. Ah! Let’s just pack our bags and go already!

Brighton Cottage near Schoenmakerkop opens its pet-friendly arms to you. The super hosts are known to go the extra mile while you are only 400m from the beach. Guests, Magda and Luke, loved it: “Katherine and James were amazing”, they say. “They were always available when we needed them even helped us out with our dogs in the terrible rainy weather.” Just a note that the hosts already have two very friendly Pointer dogs on the property, so your relaxed, sociable dogs will have great stay-mates!

What have we missed? Tell us your ‘tails’ and drop us a link to your preferred, pet-friendly trail or travel stop in the Eastern Cape. Visit our Facebook page for all things pet, and the people who love them, and leave us a recommendation!

Tip: Remember to add pet insurance to your list before heading out to your favourite pet-friendly holiday destination. Luckily, this won’t take up much of your time (you can quote and buy online in under five minutes!), making this a quick and easy solution for peace of mind… which is what we need when on our way to a well-deserved holiday with our beloved fur-babies. While we’re at it, let’s also have a look-see at what the law says about driving with pets. 


Bon (woof!) voyage 😉