7 Top Pet-Friendly Places to visit in the Helderberg

7 Top Pet-Friendly Places to visit in the Helderberg


The Helderberg is an area with incredible experiences on offer including beaches, nature reserves, parks, wine farms, and restaurants. So why not enjoy some of these experiences with your four-legged family members?

But before you hit the road, remember to pack in a few items for your feline friends and pooches; such as:

  • A collar/harness and leash - most places will require this and it’s the best way to keep your animals close by

  • Waste bags - make picking up after your pup easy; there are a variety of bags and holders you can choose from, including the Marltons Biodegradable bags

  • Water - wherever you decide to take your pets, remember to pack in some water and a bowl; take a look at our portable water dispensers for an easy way to keep them hydrated.

Now that you’re packed and ready to go, here are our top picks of places to bring your pets along for the fun.

Radloff Park

Running alongside the Lourensford River in Somerset West, Radloff Park provides a beautiful walk and wide-open spaces for your dog.

If you’d like to take your dogs to this park, it is recommended that they are trained and socialised with other dogs as it is an off-leash area. Although you can keep them on the leash if you would prefer.

See more about Radloff Park in this video 

Lourensford Market

Who doesn’t love good food and craft markets on a wine farm? The only way to make that experience even better is to bring your pet!

Dogs are welcome, but they need to remain on-leash and owners are encouraged to be mindful to other market-goers by cleaning up after their little ones.

Mondeor Restaurant

Just off the N2, Mondeor restaurant is the perfect venue for the whole family, including the four-legged kind.

Enjoy a sundowner and pizza while watching the kids and pets play in the outside play area with a jungle gym, shallow splash pool, and a jumping castle.

Strand Dog Beach

There aren’t many dog-friendly beaches in the Helderberg area, but Mostertsbaai beach in Strand is one of them and is a great place for your furry friend to dig their paws in the sand! The rocky shoreline has interesting pools and gullies for your pooch to explore.

Cat Heaven Rescue Cat Cafe

This cafe in Somerset West not only serves coffee and cakes, it serves cat cuddles too!

While you can’t bring your own pets to this cafe, it is a great place to go if you’d like to interact with 20 friendly felines who were adopted from the Stellenbosch Animal Welfare.

They also offer free Wi-Fi so you can work or study with some cute kitties.

Check out their Instagram here 

Fiore Garden Centre and Restaurant

Get your pup to help pick out the best plants for your home! Enjoy a cup of coffee surrounded by a variety of plants, Bonsai trees, and other gardening necessities. Set under the trees, you can also enjoy their comprehensive menu, with a range of delectable meals and cakes.

Vredenhof Organic Estate

In the winelands, off the R44 on the way to Stellenbosch is Vredenhof, a family-run Organic Farm where your pet is welcome on a leash.

The estate is only open during the week, but if you do decide to pop in you can choose from a variety of organic fruits and vegetables and take in the beautiful sights of the garden.


If you are looking for a weekend getaway, theLAB Guesthouse in Robertson is modern, high-tech and most importantly, pet friendly!

Kick back and relax with a spa day and head to the infinity pool with your pooch!

We hope this inspires you to bring your pet along with you on your next adventure, and remember to also stop at Petworld Somerset West so they can pick out a treat for the trip!