KZN South Coast offers dog-lovers the ‘pawfect’ holiday destination with pet-friendly accommodation

The warm holiday season has arrived and many families are looking to em-‘bark’ on the ideal holiday destination – one that welcomes the whole family! When visitors #GoSouth, there’s no need to worry about pet-sitters as there are plenty of pet-friendly venues happy to accommodate the four-legged friends as well.

“Alongside those looking for family-friendly accommodation, there’s an emerging trend of digital nomads and people going on work-cations that don’t want to leave their pets behind,” explained Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT). “Fortunately, the KZN South Coast has a wide selection of venues that welcome pets, with many outdoor spaces for walks and exploration. With no need to find pet sitters and constant worrying about how the pets are doing, it takes all the hassle out of travelling and keeps everyone happy!”

KZN South Coast’s pet-friendly accommodation

Ironwood Lodge

Area: Pennington

Type: Bed & Breakfast / Self-catering

The relaxed atmosphere at Ironwood is created through warm hospitality, the spacious and well-equipped accommodation, and the tranquil indigenous garden. All nine units are sea-facing with easy beach access and a pool on-site.

Lalanathi Caravan & Camping Park

Area: Melville

Type: Self-catering

There are 45, well-spaced sites with level grass and shade offering individual privacy. They’re all electrified with water close by in a fully-fenced, secure area. There are clean ablution and scullery facilities with plenty of hot water.

The Beach House

Area: Southport

Type: Self-catering

The Beach House sleeps a maximum of eight adults in four tastefully decorated bedrooms, all with magnificent sea views. It’s located just 4kms from the Port Shepstone Country Club and Golf Course.

Riverbend Chalets

Area: Umtentweni

Type: Self-catering

There are three delightful and spacious wooden houses as well as the option of a two-bedroom cottage. All the self-catering units are free-standing.

Happy Holiday Homes   

Area: Shelly Beach

Type: Holiday letting

Kinsey Drive 7 is a 12-sleeper self-catering holiday home on Oslo Beach consisting of the house, a cottage, garden and pool. It’s located just 4kms from Shelly Beach and 8kms from Port Shepstone.

Shelly Caravan Park

Area: Shelly Beach

Type: Self-catering

Shelly Caravan Park is a peaceful campsite in the countryside, just five minutes away from the ocean. There are 36 campsites on a flat, grassed area, all with braai facilities and plug points. There are clean ablution facilities with 10 showers and two baths.

Oasis Caravan Park & Chalets

Area: Uvongo

Type: Self-catering

Description: The holiday resort is situated within 600m of a gorgeous beach which is famous for its 23m high waterfall and gorgeous lagoon. There are excellent leisure facilities and the venue is situated under shady trees, secluded from public view.

Van Heerden Letting

Area: Uvongo

Type: Holiday letting

Van Heerden Letting are self-catering holiday accommodation agents with great venues in Shelly Beach, St Michael’s on Sea, Uvongo, Manaba, Margate and Ramsgate.

Dumela Holiday Flats

Area: Margate   

Type: Self-catering

This is one of the best family resorts in the area with great facilities including a beautiful area overlooking the beach, a family-friendly swimming pool, thatched pub and braais.

Coral Tree Colony B&B

Area: Southbroom

Type: Bed & Breakfast / Guesthouse

There are six luxury en-suite bedrooms with private verandas overlooking the pool and stunning views of Southbroom’s legendary golf course and distant ocean breakers.

The Merry Crab Beach Lodge

Area: Munster and Glenmore                     

Type: Bed & Breakfast

The Merry Crab is the ideal getaway for couples, families or groups, accommodating up to 28 comfortably (or up to 40 if children are included!). This is a great venue for small weddings, special birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions.

Ashton Manor Guest House

Area: Port Edward           

Type: Bed & Breakfast / Self-catering

This lovely face brick home consists of the main house which has five bedrooms, one en-suite which leads onto the balcony. There’s a large swimming pool in a lovely garden and a built-in braai.

#AdventureAwaits on the beautiful KZN South Coast where everyone is welcome! To find out more about these and other accommodation options on the KZN South Coast, download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores, or visit Alternatively, visit the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page, or follow @infosouthcoast on Twitter.

USCT has encouraged all tourism establishments to adhere to the strict Covid-19 health and safety protocols. USCT has also been communicating up-to-date Covid-19 information with all tourism establishments via the website’s dedicated Covid-19 portal, as well as the many social media platforms.