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The best tail-wagging adventures on the KZN South Coast

by Tania Griffin

The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast is the place where ocean sunrises and hinterland adventures await – but these are best enjoyed with the company of some four-legged friends! Fortunately, there is a wide selection of ‘pawfect’ pet-friendly accommodation options and restaurants to be explored in the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom.

“We understand that, for many people, pets are part of the family – and leaving them behind just isn’t an option!” comments Deborah Ludick, acting CEO of South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise. “That’s why we’ve compiled a list of great spots on the KZN South Coast which welcome pets, making this the ultimate family destination.”

Ironwood Lodge, Pennington     

The relaxed atmosphere at the pet-friendly Ironwood Lodge is created through sincere hospitality and spacious accommodation, with stunning sea views over a beautiful garden. Guests can swim in the outdoor swimming pool, take dogs along hiking or fishing, or relax together in the garden where barbecue facilities are available.

The Doghouse & Craft Café, Pennington

This restaurant serves delicious meals and wood-fired pizzas with a fully licensed taproom featuring Basset Brews, speciality gins and rums, fine wines and cocktails. Your dogs (on a leash) can accompany you to the pet-friendly beer garden alongside the children’s play area, or take your dog for a walk on the nature trails passing two bass dams through Yellowwood Private Nature Reserve.

The Beach House Southport

Take your dogs on a seaside adventure to this self-catering gem between Sea Park and Southport beaches, featuring an upmarket 4-bedroom home and ocean views. The Beach House Southport promises unparalleled comfort and convenience for the whole family – four-legged friends included. However, all pets must be friendly and house-trained.

Riverbend Chalets, Umtentweni

There are four houses with securely fenced gardens and gated access to Riverbend Park, making it ideal for dogs. Take them on a walk along the many nature trails to the dam and riverside campsite. All of Riverbend, including the campsite, is pet-friendly, so bring those dogs on holiday!

CBali Restaurant, St Michael’s

This Asian fusion restaurant, cocktail and sushi bar overlooks the ocean and offers the finest craft beers and cocktails, oysters, sushi and decadent desserts. This delicious meal and a view is best enjoyed with pets by your side.

Oasis Caravan Park & Chalets, Uvongo

Found just a short distance from the beach, the pet-friendly caravan park has excellent leisure facilities under large shady trees. Your pets will enjoy exploring all the natural wonders, with the nearby Uvongo Beach one of the finest beaches – with a footpath leading to Uvongo River Nature Reserve.

Dumela Holiday Resort, Margate

This self-catering accommodation invites guests to bring a small dog along for the adventure. This family resort includes a beautiful area overlooking Margate Beach. There is a swimming pool, thatched pub, entertainment room and playroom.

BillsBest, Ramsgate

BillsBest has over 30 seaside accommodation options in Ramsgate, with the iconic Whaleback Cottage a pet-friendly option for small and large dogs. Your dogs will be kept safe in the large, fully enclosed garden and a gate that opens directly onto the pet-friendly beach path. It’s self-catering with all the essential home comforts.

The Waffle House, Ramsgate

Established in 1957, the Waffle House not only welcomes pets, but it’s a historic KZN South Coast landmark, nestled in the tranquil subtropical edge of the Ramsgate Lagoon. Renowned for its unique waffles, visitors can also enjoy a leisurely walk with pets across the quaint wooden bridge to the beautiful Ramsgate Beach for a swim or a laze on the sand.

Coral Tree Colony Boutique Guesthouse, Southbroom

Enjoy the subtropical climate, lush surroundings and unspoilt beaches from this ideal guesthouse with your four-legged friend. There are six luxury en-suite bedrooms with a swimming pool, Wi-Fi, DStv and delicious breakfasts served on the verandah.

The Merry Crab Beach Lodge, Munster & Glenmore

This is a charming, secure, self-catering holiday hideaway nestled within the lush Admiralty Reserve. From the lodge, you and your dog can walk along a shaded pathway that winds to the warm ocean (pictured), ideal for swimming, surfing, fishing and relaxing. The lodge has pet-friendly accommodation dedicated to those who want to bring their pets for a seaside break.

Ashton Manor, Port Edward

This pet-friendly, 5-bedroom home has sea views and a great outside entertainment area. Guests can enjoy a large swimming pool with a lovely garden and built-in braai, and ample activities to keep everyone entertained on holiday.

Take your four-legged friends to the KZN South Coast where ocean sunrises and hinterland adventures await! 

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