It's so important to make sure that your dog is getting the exercise they need and what better way is there to enjoy the unbelievable landscapes that surround us in this beautiful city other than on an outdoor hike? We are blessed with such diverse landscapes with the ocean, the mountains and long pristine white beaches. We are certainly not lacking options when thinking of places to walk our dogs around the Cape Town area.
Below is a list of our favourite dog-friendly hiking spots for you and your dog (including a bonus walk at the end in case the mountain is not your friend!)
Please be sure that your dog is wearing a collar at all times for safety and that you pack a leash with you as well, even if the route doesn’t require their leash to be worn at all times.
1. Gifkloof Trail
Where: Greyton - The trail starts at the junction of Regent and Vlei Streets in Greyton, Cape Overberg. There are excellent views of the village, mountains and farmland to be seen.
When: Daytime (camping not available)
2. Newlands Forest
Where: Newlands - Leafy Newlands is known for Newlands Forest, with hiking trails leading up Table Mountain and beautiful sweeping views over Cape Town.
Cost: Free (Although a Level 1 My Activity Permit is required for the areas in Table Mountain National Park. These permits cost R320 for a year’s pass and allow up to two dogs).
3. Tokai Forest
Where: Tokai Park is part of The Table Mountain National Park
Cost: A "My Activity Permit" is required and allows up to two dogs per person. These permits can be purchased from SANParks for a year’s access.
4. Alphen Trail
Where: Constantia - The path starts at Alphen Drive off the M3. This trail features a relaxing river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running where your dog is allowed to adventure off their lead.
When: Open 24 hours
5. Liesbeek River Trail
Where: Observatory - This trail starts at Kirstenbosch and leads you along the banks of the Liesbeek River. Your dog will need to wear their leash at all times.
BONUS: Noordhoek Beach
This 10km long beach settled at the bottom of Chapman's Peak is one you really don't want to miss. Noordhoek is an incredibly family-friendly and dog-friendly environment with multiple restaurants in the area where dogs are also welcome; you will not be disappointed. The beach takes up a large part of the Southern peninsular coastline and has plenty of space for your dog to run around off leash. Although one thing to note is there are often horses riding along the water's edge, so still be sure to bring your dog lead if your dog is new to horses!
Any water-loving dog will adore this spot. It’s a perfect place to relax with your pup while watching the sunset, complete with a spectacular mountain view.