Pretoria is filled with parks and reserves and many of these are dog friendly. We’ve narrowed down some of the best spots to walk your dogs in P-town:
This dog park is a 25-minute drive from Menlyn and boasts adventure dog walking, lovely braai spots and even an on-site dog deli catering for both dogs and their humans! The park is fully enclosed which allows for off-leash socialising and with seven hectares of untouched nature there is ample space for dog walking, jogging, picnic facilities and more. Keep in mind that braai and picnic facilities need to be booked online for group visits.
This dog park allows for your dogs to run freely and they can even enjoy a quick swim in some of the park’s pools. The pools are situated at the end of a 1.2km stretch of beautiful lawns and your pets are sure to have a ball at this park.
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The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is not only popular for its beautiful views of Pretoria, it is also a favourite for dog-lovers as your pooches may join you on your hikes at this reserve. They must, however, always be on leash and since there are wild animals roaming the reserve, dog-owners are required to be in control of their furry friends at all times.
Take your dogs for a stroll along the Oubaas Trail and end off on the Smuts Koppie for some lovely views. Dogs can be let off leash during parts of the trail and families, nature lovers, hikers and botanists can enjoy the interesting biodiversity of plants while their pets explore. Dogs are to be on leash on the Smuts Koppie, though. The Jan Smuts House also often hosts Smuts House Dog Walks, so be sure to keep an eye out for these events online. As an added bonus, the restaurant at Jan Smuts House is dog-friendly too. A donation of R10 per dog is always appreciated and keep in mind that the trail is closed on Mondays.
The fully fenced Wolwespruit Mountain Bike and Trail Run Park in Erasmuskloof has 23km of mountain bike single tracks with about a 300m climb and the 10km running trail can also be used for hiking. Dogs are welcome to join riders, runners and walkers alike. The PLTFRM Restaurant at the park is also child and dog friendly.
The Oval in Irene seems to be the local meeting place for the Centurion community, with kids playing and families walking their dogs especially over weekends. This patch of greenery in the middle of Irene makes for the perfect afternoon or weekend get-together, with mini soccer or cricket matches, running children, barking dogs and impromptu family picnics.
Address: 7 Oval Circle, Irene