Happy Tails – Road Tripping with your Fur kids

24 July 2017

So you’re ready to hit the road towards the ultimate journey of the year, but you’re sad to be leaving your furry kids behind. Sound familiar? Did you know that more...


So you’re ready to hit the road towards the ultimate journey of the year, but you’re sad to be leaving your furry kids behind. Sound familiar?

Did you know that more than a handful of local pet-friendly destinations exist nationwide, which means you can take the wagging tails along and enjoy a getaway with the whole family?

We’ve outlined some great spots to consider on your next pet-included adventure, but before you head on an all tongues out road trip, here are a few points to consider:

Planning is key

As with any road trip, it’s always a good idea to plan, plan, plan. In the case of travelling with pets, a little extra planning is required, as is a little extra time. Be sure to consider your pet and his/ her individual needs so that you are prepared.

Pets get bored, and while you’re singing along to The Summer of 69 your furry friend might not be quite as excited as you. Make sure you’ve worked in regular breaks into your road trip.

Stop every three to four hours and let your pets get out of the car, walk around, drink some water and do their business.

Try to find pit-stops along the way that have gardens, so that your pet can enjoy a 15 to 20 minute walkabout before getting back into the car. Many garage stops have picnic spots and grassy areas that are great for walking your pet.

Pack for pets

Like children, animals require a few necessities, so be prepared with your doggy bags. A few things to consider for the road trip would be; leashes, bowls for water, plastic bags (so you can clean up after your pet during your breaks) and doggy treats.

If your pet has a favourite blanket or toy, bring it along for the trip. It will make them feel more secure.

Comfort in the car

Consider investing in a pet car seat protector - more for keeping your car seats clean, but they also make the trip a little more comfy for your pet, instead of them sliding around on your leather seats.

If you have space in the car, bring along your pet’s bed so that your furry friend is sitting in comfort along the way.

Pay attention to the atmosphere in the car. Keep your pet comfy by installing sun shield protectors on side passenger windows, and ensure that your pet has enough “breathing room”.

Monitor the temperature inside the car and ensure that it’s cool and comfortable. If your dog likes sticking his head out of the car window, let him have some moments of freedom, but make sure you’re only allowing it on slow driving legs of the trip. Open the window just enough for them to stick their head out, and not their whole body.

Doggy road safety

Doggy seat belts are another consideration that should not be taken lightly. You love your pet, so make sure he’s strapped in and safe!

Rogz do a quick and easy Safety Belt Clip that straps through your pet’s harness and into the safety belt attachment of your car. It’s a wonderful tool, which keeps pets safe but doesn’t completely restrict movement.

Let’s get going

Now that you’re prepped and ready to hit the road with your fur kids, where to next?

Before you book your accommodation at any destination that’s listed as “pet friendly”, make sure you’ve called ahead of time to ensure that it is the right place for your pet.

In Magaliesburg you may want to consider Warthogs Bushcamp, Magalies Wild Farm or Nullarbor Cottages.

In KZN Drakensburg try Rosemead Cottage (033 702 1857) in Himeville or in the Underberg area, try Lake Naverone or Ndawana River Lodge. On the North Coast, try Nutshell Holiday Cottages (082 901 1403) in Ballito or Ambleside on the South Coast in Port Shepstone.

In the Western Cape, there’s Lake Pleasant Chalets between Wilderness and Knysna. In Cape Town, try Viola and Owl Cottages (021 557 2899) or Whale Watchers Private Luxury Apartments in Fish Hoek . In Hermanus try Eastbury Cottage.
In the Eastern Cape try Ocean View Forest Reserve & Guest Farm (043) 831 2140), or Medolino Holiday Resort in Port Alfred. For Port Elizabeth Pet Friendly accommodation try The Garden Cottage  in Sea View or Coral Tree Guest House in Parsons Hill.

Have you been to any of these pet friendly destinations before, or have you discovered one that’s too good not to share? Be sure to add them to the Ultimate Journey website and let South Africa know about them. Remember you could win a road trip worth R50 000 just by adding or voting for your fave spot.

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