Pet Friendly Walks in Cape Town

Cape Town. Table Mountain from Signal Hill
Cape Town. Table Mountain from Signal Hill

We really are extremely blessed in Cape Town with so many beautiful places to walk in one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Many walks are pet friendly as well. We’ve listed a few of our favourite below if you are looking for some suggestions of where to go or what to do.

Of course we have to start with Table Mountain National Park: please note that the few National Parks that do allow dogs require an additional permit (Activity Card) over and above the WildCard to enter with no more than two dogs. For further information on the Activity Card visit this link:
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/access-cards-permits.php#permits
and here is the application form for an Activity permit
http://www.sanparks.org/docs/parks_table_mountain/myactivity_permit_form.pdf
and there is a link to a fantastic interactive map, which shows exactly where dogs are and aren’t allowed:
http://www.sanparks.org/docs/parks_table_mountain/tourism/dog-walking.pdf
The areas included in the above map are The Pipe Track, Newlands Forest, Constantia Nek, Cecilia Forest, Lower Tokai Plantation, Boulder’s Beach / Willis Walk, Silvermine Dam, Scarborough Beach, Noordhoek Beach
And finally a document with any further information you may possibly require:
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/library/EMP_dogs.pdf
Opening Times:   various
Address:   various
Entrance Fee:   Wild Card as well as an Activity Card
Difficulty Level:   Mostly Easy to Moderate
Leash Req:   Your dog needs to be on a leash at all times
For more information about National Parks please feel free to visit their website via the links above, or their Facebook page here.

Lion’s Head is a very popular walking trail. It’s about 90 minutes up to the top and an hour back down. Your dog would have to be carried up the chain stairs, so I would not recommend the full climb with a pet as a general rule
Opening Times: 24 hours
Address: off Kloof Nek Road on Table Mountain.
Entrance Fee: None
Difficulty Level: Fairly steep
Leash Req: Your dog needs to be on a leash at all times
For more information about Lion’s Head please feel free to visit their Facebook page here.

Blackburn Ravine – Hout Bay is a mostly gentle walk in the mountains, depending on how far you want to go. It is such a popular spot to walk dogs and there is even a poo-bag dispenser at the start of the trail in case you forget to bring your own.
Opening Times:   24 hours
Address:   starts at the East Fort car park just before the Chapman’s Peak Drive tollbooth
GPS:   S34°3.29′, E18°21.88′
Entrance Fee:   Free (get a free daypass from the tollbooth) the security guards will show you to the East Fort Car park.
Difficulty Level:   Easy
Leash Req:   Your dog needs to be on a leash
For more information about Blackburn Ravine please feel free to visit their Facebook page here.

The Company’s Garden is a fantastic place for a leisurely stroll, brunch, afternoon tea and to take in the view of the mountain or just to breathe in the fresh Cape Town air. Once inside the garden it’s hard to tell that you are right in the heart of the city.
Opening Times:   07:30 – 20:30 (summer: Dec-Feb) ; 07:00 – 18:00 (winter)
Address:   19 Queen Victoria Street (top end of Adderley Street), City Centre, Cape Town
Entrance Fee:   Free
Size:   8 ha
Tel:   +27 (0)21 400 2521
Difficulty Level:   Easy
Leash Req:   Your dog needs to be on a leash at all times so that it doesn’t chase the local little residents (the squirrels, the pidgeons or the ducks).
For more information about the Company’s Garden please feel free to visit their page on the capetown.gov website here or the restaurant’s Facebook page here.

(Please note that the capetown.gov website does not show this park as being pet friendly at the time that this post is being published. We have double checked this fact and it is a mistake on their site and they will correct it).

Green Point Park is a wonderful spot to take the kids to play in the kiddies playparks (one for children aged 1-6 years and one for 7–16 year olds); relax in the outdoor labrynth, enjoy the fynbos in the one-of-a-kind Biodiversity Showcase Garden, meet with a group of friends for a picnic (no alcohol, loud music or braais please),
Opening Times:   07:00 – 19:00
Address:   Bay Road, Greenpoint
Tel:   +27 (0)21 400-2521 / 401-4000
Entrance Fee:   None
Size:   10 ha
Difficulty Level:   Easy
Leash Req:   Your dog needs to be on a leash at all times and kept away from their Biodiversity Showcase Garden
For more information about Green Point Park please feel free to visit their page on the capetown.gov website here or their Facebook pages here and here.

Claremont – Keurboom Park is an excellent place to walk your dog and. It’s so popular there’s a group that meet to walk their dogs and have created a facebook page for themselves.
Address:   Between Keurboom Road, Ave De Mist and Chess Road
Tel:   +27 (0)21 683-7368
Entrance Fee:   None
Difficulty Level:   Easy
Leash Req:   Dogs under control may run free over the whole area except the enclosed play area and the area around the swings, seesaw, etc
For more information about Keurboom Park please feel free to visit their website here or their Facebook page here.

Rondebosch Park is a fenced off area within Rondebosch Common and a great venue for a gentle stroll with your furry friend.
Opening Times:   08:00 – 18:00
Address:   Corner Campground Road and Sandown Roads, Rondebosch
Entrance Fee:   None
Size:  2 ha
Difficulty Level:   Easy
Leash Req:   Your dog needs to be on a leash at all times
For more information about Rondebosch Park please feel free to visit their page on the capetown.gov website here or their Facebook page here.

Zandvlei Recreational Park is an open water wetland, river system and estuary near Muizenberg on the False Bay coast. The park is bordered by Lakeside, Muizenberg and Marina da Gama residential areas.
Opening Times:   08h00 – 18h00 (summer: Sept-Mar) 07h00 – 17h00 (winter: Apr – Aug)
Address:   Promenade Road, Muizenberg
Tel: +27 (0)21 701-1233
Entrance Fee:   None
Size:   254 ha
Difficulty Level:   Easy
Leash Req:   Your dog needs to be on a leash at all times
For more information about Zandvlei Recreational Park please feel free to visit their page on the capetown.gov website here or their Facebook page here.

If you are planning a visit to Cape Town or the surrounding areas with your pet and please visit the Pet Friendly Accommodation area of our site, or for accommodation elsewhere in the Western Cape, please visit the Pet Friendly Accommodation Western Cape area of our site.