Top 10 Pet-friendly Activities near Pretoria

Found in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Pretoria is South Africa’s famously beautiful, timeless Jacaranda City… Mixing adventure, national administration, history and great eateries, Pretoria has plenty to offer visitors.

More than that though, it is both a family- and pet-friendly city, which means your fur babies can get in on the fun too!

Here, we round up the top 10 pet-friendly activities near Pretoria:

#1 Head to Afro-Boer

Afro-Boer via Facebook
Afro-Boer via Facebook

At this delightful baker’s cafe, pooches are made to feel truly welcome. Although they must be kept on a leash at all times with their owners nearby (and walked around the building to the beautiful garden area), dogs of all sizes are welcome to visit with you at Afro-Boer.

And because Afro-Boer is such a charming place, both you and your furry friend will have a splendid time here.

So, while you enjoy a delicious meal or good coffee, your best friend can soak up the fresh air or snooze at your feet.

Contact: +27 (012) 807 3099, info@afroboer.co.za

Website: www.afroboer.co.za

Address: Afro-Boer, Meerlust Road, Equestria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#2 Go Walkabout at Jan Cilliers Park 

This family- and pet-friendly park is the ideal spot to take the whole family for some time in the sun or a healthy Sunday stroll.

With soothing water features, iconic indigenous plants and plenty of space for you and your pets, Jan Cilliers Park – also known as Protea Park – is a firm favourite among dog walkers in the Capital.

It is one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in Pretoria (with views to match!) so it is a great place to explore too. It is neat, clean and paradise on earth for you and your four-legged friends – be they cat or dog.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/Parks-and-Horticulture/Pages/Parks.aspx

Address: Jan Cilliers Park, Corner and, Wenning and Broderick Streets, Groenkloof, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Noah (@thenoahdog) via Instagram
Noah (@thenoahdog) via Instagram

#3 Dine at Prosopa

This Greek gem is both family- and pet-friendly so it is an ideal place to go for a special meal with your furry friend.

Dogs will be welcomed with a bowl of refreshing water. For smaller breeds, they can go inside the restaurant (but they must be kept under supervision and behave), while dogs of all shapes and sizes are most welcome outside in the beautiful garden area.

So, as you feast on marvellous Mediterranean food and enjoy Prosopa’s good service, your fur baby can enjoy an outing with you rather than being stuck at home.

Contact: +27 (012) 460 1663, dino@prosopa.co.za

Website: www.prosopa.co.za

Address: Prosopa Greek Restaurant, 103 Club Avenue, Waterkloof Heights Shopping Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#4 Visit Paws in the East

Paws in the East
Paws in the East

Arguably one of the best places for pooches in Pretoria – and indeed, South Africa as a whole – has got to be Paws in the East. This beautiful, fully enclosed ‘off-the-leash’ park is the first of its kind and a novelty for much of SA too.

Pet owners agree: this is one amazing place to take your doggies! The park offers a variety of exciting outdoor experiences, treats and adventures for pups, including an adventurous take on dog walking, jogging and even things like liver flapjacks for dogs to enjoy, thanks to the dedicated doggie menu at the Barkin’ Good Bites Kitchen.

It also offers incredible braai and picnic facilities, so families can spend a lovely day together with their pooches.

And, best of all, the park spans some seven hectares of untouched, vibrant wildness, meaning there is ample space for play time, running and good, old-fashioned walks with your dog.

Note: Park entrance fee is R40 per ticket (this allows entry for one adult and dogs).

Contact: +27 (072) 171 1320, info@pawseast.co.za

Website: pawseast.co.za

Address: Paws in the East, Plot 30 Bashewa, Tierpoort, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#5 Hike in Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

While dogs must be kept on a leash in Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, it is still a wonderful spot to take them for some combined exercise and fun.

The reserve offers plenty of native wildlife, untouched beauty and views for days. There are also some lovely picnic areas so you can enjoy a pre-packed meal while your pooch laps up some refreshing water or rests beside you.

This is a truly glorious place to go with your pet(s) – and one which is sure to hold plenty of good adventures and memories for you both.

Note: Dog permits are required (R70 per person with a maximum of two dogs; permits run for the financial year) – and dogs must be leashed at all times, due to the wild animals in the reserve.

Contact: +27 (012) 358 1510, admin@fgr.co.za

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za

Address: Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, January Masilela Drive, Faerie Glen, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#6 Visit Irene Village Market

Irene Village Market via Facebook
Irene Village Market via Facebook

Irene Village Market at the Big Red Barn is an extremely dog-friendly park and one can see this immediately thanks to the water bowls littered around the market.

It is an interesting place for dog owners to browse goods, enjoy time with their furry friends and family and tuck into some tasty market stall food to boot!

This long-standing, popular market – famous for its South African handmade arts and crafts – makes for a great family outing, with plenty to see and enjoy, especially as the Big Red Barn offers its own amazing experiences.

Contact: +27 (060) 9654894, info@irenemarket.co.za

Website: www.irenemarket.co.za

Address: Irene Village Market, The Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson road, Olifantsfontein, Gauteng, South Africa.

#7 Explore the Pretoria Boeremark

If you get up with the birds and like the sound of an early morning farmer’s market, then the Pretoria Boeremark, which is held on Saturday mornings, is just for you.

It offers an authentic country experience, a safe, friendly atmosphere and some excellent fresh produce, baked eats (like pancakes), handmade goods and much more. Best of all though is the fact that the market is both child- and animal-friendly, which means you can bring your dog (or cat) along too.

Enjoy a beautiful, peaceful start to your day or some weekly shopping with your pets at this excellent, traditional farmer’s market.

Note: This market runs every Saturday, from 05:30 – 09:30 am, unless the Saturday falls on an observed Christian holiday.

Contact: +27 (079) 987 1025, ptaboeremark@tlu.co.za

Website: www.pretoriaboeremark.co.za

Address: Pretoria Boeremark, 665 Moreleta Street, Silverton, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Pretoria Boeremark via Facebook
Pretoria Boeremark via Facebook

#8 Lunch at La Madeleine 

This beautiful, French-style eatery is inspired by both French and Belgian tastes. In addition to quality food and warm service, it offers a gorgeous restaurant setting for diners to enjoy.

But that’s not all because La Madeleine is also a lovely dog-friendly spot for pet owners to visit. And happily, there is plenty of space outdoors, as the restaurant is located on an expansive property, which is blessed with many beautiful trees.

It is an entirely peaceful place to visit with children and pets alike.

Contact: +27 (012) 361 3667, info@lamadeleine.co.za

Website: lamadeleine.co.za

Address: La Madeleine, 122 Priory Road, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#9 Take Them to Waterkloof Ridge Dog Park 

As its name suggests, Waterkloof is a delightful dog park in every sense of the word. Here, pets and owners can enjoy some fun outdoors – just be sure to take a lease, a toy or a ball with!

Dogs can go off the leash, even in the water – but owners are required to clean up after their dogs and ensure they behave. Bins are on-site and on some days, you may find poop bags too but it’s best to bring your own just in case.

This natural paradise secure, spacious and the perfect park for pooches… what’s not to love?

Contact: +27 (082) 366 4411

Website: N/A

Address: Waterkloof Ridge Dog Park, corner of Eridanus and Dorado Streets, Waterkloof Ridge Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#10 Pop Around to tasha’s

With branches dotted across South Africa, tasha’s is well-known to many and therefore, needs little introduction. But the Brooklyn branch is a special favourite, especially among Pretoria locals.

This bright, pretty cafe offers an elegant setting, lovely food and a beautifully pet-friendly atmosphere, which is especially wonderful news for dog owners. (If needed, feel free to request a water bowl.)

Dogs, and other pets too, are welcome here – but they must be kept in the outside seating area, which is just as lovely and cheerful.

Contact: +27 (012) 460 2951, Brooklyn@tashascafe.com

Website: www.tashascafe.com/locations/pretoria/brooklyn

Address: tasha’s Brooklyn, Shop 27, Design Square Brooklyn,
Corner of Bronkhorst and Veal, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just some of the best pet-friendly spots in and around Pretoria… Do you have a particular favourite among them?

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Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants near Pretoria

Found in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Pretoria is South Africa’s famously beautiful, timeless Jacaranda City… Mixing adventure, national administration, history and great eateries, Pretoria has plenty to offer visitors.

Pretoria – otherwise referred to as Tshwane – is an ideal city for families to explore, especially as it offers some very family friendly eateries and activities.

Here is a roundup of the top 10 family friendly restaurants in and around Pretoria:

#1 The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar

Nestled in the heart of Pretoria, this elegant restaurant and bar venue (which has undergone some big improvements of late) is perfect for families.

With its dedicated kiddies’ menu and custom-built jungle gym, it keeps young ones entertained and well-fed… All while providing parents and grandparents with enticing, wholesome meals, a great vibe and even a classy bar, overlooking the beautiful dam and neighbouring Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary.

Be sure to visit them for a memorable meal for everyone.

Contact: +27 (012) 460 7615, bluecrane@lantic.net

Website: www.bluecranerestaurant.co.za

Address: The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar, 156 Melk Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar
The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar

#2 Afro-Boer

With its cosy interiors, idyllic surroundings and a true sense of South African spirit, this charming baker’s cafe is a delight for the whole family.

The food (complemented by a playfully fun menu) is either homemade or handmade, delicious and designed for sheer eating pleasure, while the setting is serene and welcoming. Outside, there is a large jungle gym under the trees, well-suited to playtime.

Everything at Afro-Boer is conscientiously prepared, largely from scratch, using the freshest, most organic ingredients possible so it is a healthy, wholesome experience too!

Contact: +27 (012) 807 3099, info@afroboer.co.za

Website: www.afroboer.co.za

Address: Afro-Boer, Meerlust Road, Equestria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Afro-Boer via Facebook
Afro-Boer via Facebook

#3 C’est La Vie

Found in Centurion, C’est La Vie, a great party venue and coffee shop is – like its name suggests – the ultimate one-stop for peace, relaxation and good moments.

It also just so happens to be a children’s paradise, complete with a variety of fun, stimulating and exciting play areas for kids to enjoy. Best of all, the play areas are customised according to age groups.

So while your kids have a blast, you can enjoy a great cup of coffee, a tasty light meal and a soothing atmosphere, all while you keep a watchful eye on the little ones.

Note: C’est La Vie also hosts lovely children’s parties, stork/kitchen teas, events, tea parties and year-end functions.

Contact: +27 (012) 654 0220, party@c-estlavie.co.za

Website: http://www.c-estlavie.co.za/contact.html

Address: C’est La Vie, 211 End Street, Clubview, Centurion, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#4 Ga Rouge Restaurant and Wine Cellar

Situated on an old farm and historical site, Ga Rouge Restaurant and Wine Cellar is a culinary treat, as much as it is a wonderfully historical, family friendly restaurant.

With excellent food and drink options (including picnics, Sunday buffets, wine tastings and romantic dinners), Ga Rouge ensures everyone is well-fed, while also providing a relaxing, beautiful country experience.  And, to keep the kids busy, there is a great play area and expansive lawn.

Best of all, the Sunday Buffet option – suitable for the whole family – allows kids under 5 to eat free! They also host kids parties, events and other functions so you can share the beauty of this venue with your friends, colleagues and loved ones too.

Visit Ga Rouge for a special outing and meal with those closest to your heart.

Contact: +27 (079) 432 5795, functions@garouge.co.za

Website: www.garouge.co.za

Address: Ga Rouge, Candlewoods Estate, 1795 Stonehedge Road, Louwlardia, Centurion, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#5 Willow Feather Farm

Willow Feather Farm via Facebook
Willow Feather Farm via Facebook

Created around children, Willow Feather Farm – a place passionate about people, trees and plants – is a truly wonderful experience for the whole family… Here, children can roam free and play in a large garden, interact with animals and enjoy their youth to the fullest.

Equipped with numerous play areas, plenty of animals to see and interact with and jungle gyms and ideal for kids’ parties, Willow Feather Farm is a special place for kiddies – but it is also great for adults too.

Explore the nursery, sample food from the healthy menu and spend quality time with your family, little ones and all.

Contact: +27 (063) 690 2583 info@willowfeather.co.za

Website: willowfeather.co.za

Address: Willow Feather Farm, Portion 37, Doornkloof East, Corner M57 & Sterkfontein Ave, Irene,  Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#6 The Big Red Barn

Promising fun for the whole family, The Big Red Barn – an antique hay barn – is a great, farm-style experience to enjoy with kids.

Add to that The Red Barn Cafe, Acrobranch, a family friendly cycle park, Clay Cafe, Vroom Pedal Go-Karts, vintage tractor rides, play areas and much more… and you have a day jam-packed with fun, good food and outdoor adventure!

There are two cafes at The Big Red Barn: The Red Barn Cafe and Clay Cafe, both of which are child friendly. The Clay Cafe, situated across the road, allows for fun kids stuff, while The Red Barn Cafe can host children’s parties.

Take the family for a wonderful day out at this country venue, where fun and family come first.

Contact: +27 (072) 617 7667

Website: www.thebigredbarn.co.za

Address: The Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson Road, Gauteng, South Africa.

The Big Red Barn via Facebook
The Big Red Barn via Facebook

#7 Modern Italian Kitchen

This classy, family friendly Italian-style eatery is a great place to go for family gatherings, authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist and a lovely dining atmosphere.

With a great play facility and kiddies’ packages – which are designed around “good food and fun” – children and parents alike will love Modern Italian Kitchen.

Head to the Modern Italian Kitchen for a delicious family meal.

Contact: +27 (012) 346 5370, +27 (012) 346 2508

Website: www.modernitalian.co.za

Address: Modern Italian Kitchen, Thomas Edison and 13th Street, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

#8 PLTFRM Wolwespruit

At PLTFRM Wolwespruit, families can gather to “feast and unwind”. Not only is this cool restaurant pet- and child-friendly but they love children here so you can rest assured knowing you have found a truly family friendly place.

They offer jungle gyms and plenty of outdoor space for kids to run free, as well as a nice kids’ menu. Kids’ choices include juices, flapjack stacks, kiddies’ burger, spaghetti options and more.

With a delicious menu, nice atmosphere, modern-meets-edgy interiors and a lovely outdoor space too, PLTFRM Wolwespruit makes for a stunning outing.

Note: They also host functions, weddings, baby showers, events and children’s parties.

Contact: +27 (076) 778 1839, info@pltfrmwolwespruit.co.za

Website: www.pltfrmwolwespruit.co.za

Address: Pltfrm Wolwespruit, 501 Jochemus Street
Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

PLTFRM Wolwespruit via Facebook
PLTFRM Wolwespruit via Facebook

#9 The Rose Kitchen at Ludwig’s Roses

This stunning , quaint garden restaurant is one of the most beautiful spots in Pretoria. Situated at Ludwig’s Roses, they offer a serene restaurant experience, interesting, rose-inspired food and drink options and plenty of space and fun for kids to enjoy too.

There is a lovely, safe and enclosed playground for the little ones (found near the restaurant) and the whole family can enjoy soaking up the peacefulness and charm of The Rose Kitchen.

Note: Additionally, one can enjoy parties and picnics here. Parties and picnics are setup for you.

Contact: +27 (012) 544 0144, events@ludwigsroses.co.za

Website: www.ludwigsroses.co.za/contact/the-rose-kitchen

Address: The Rose Kitchen, Ludwig’s Rose Farm,
Plot 61, Haakdoornlaagte, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

The Rose Kitchen
The Rose Kitchen via Ludwig’s Roses

#10 Toni’s Pizza

Last but certainly not least on our list, is Toni’s Pizza, specialists in truly great pizza and pasta dishes.

With a focus on the best, freshest ingredients, quality food, friendly service and a love for all things food, Toni’s is a wonderful eatery by all accounts.

Add to that their family friendly restaurant space (indoors and outdoors alike), complete with a play area and kids’ menu and you are all set for a delightful family meal.

People love Toni’s – especially their famous pizzas – and it’s no wonder… Why not pay them a visit to see what all the praise is about?

Contact: +27 (082) 352 1158, rietfontein@tonipizza.co.za

Website: tonipizza.co.za

Address: Toni’s Pizza, 676 Chamberlain Street, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just some of the best, most fun eateries near Pretoria. Which are you keen to take your family to first?

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