02 Mar HOUNDS ON HOLIDAY
The school holidays and Easter Weekend are looming and you’re yearning for a break. But the roads this time of the year is a nightmare. And then there’s the pet that needs sorting.
Well, Rhino Shuttles has the solution. We’ll drive you, the kids and the family dog to your destination so your holiday can start when you leave home with us. We’ve even sourced some pet-friendly holiday spots for you.
Saamrus Guest Farm
Situated in a woodland valley at the foothills of the ancient Magaliesberg, Saamrus Guest Farm offers charming self-catering farm cottages where nature lovers can stroll through 500 hectares of unspoiled nature.
A special pet welcome awaits all breeds of socialised and house-trained dogs. Even cats and caged birds will feel at home. Each cottage has a fenced garden to keep your pets safe while you take a nap or generally indulge in some human-only relaxation. When you’re strolling with your dogs along the river banks or heading out on longer hill-rambles, socialised and non-aggressive dogs are allowed to run freely off the lead.
Cottages are set 15m-50m apart, while reed and hedge screenings provide maximum privacy and seclusion. All have a private braai and fire pit, fireplaces and fans, DStv (bring your own decoder), fully equipped kitchens as well as towels and bedding.
Highland Giants Estate
Fancy some fly-fishing? Then head to Dullstroom where the trout waters abound. Dogs are welcome at Highland Giants Estate which is situated on a working sheep farm in the Steenkampsberg Mountains between Dullstroom and Lydenburg. The best of countryside tranquility and your own private cottage will guarantee that you unwind in no time at all.
With 5 dams and nearly 1km of river, kick boats, great walks, game viewing, panoramic landscapes and enough firewood to keep you toasty for your entire stay, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. Float tubes are welcome and fly-fishing instruction can be arranged with prior notice.
All cottages have verandas/patios/balconies. Bed linen and bathroom towels are provided, the kitchens are fully equipped and all cottages have fireplaces.
Stoney Way Cottage
Stoney Way Cottage is a two bedroom, one bathroom cottage set in a large garden behind the main house just outside the village of Underberg.
The bedrooms are comfortably done up with a double bed in each and electric blankets for those cold winter nights. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove. Enjoy DStv in front of the fireplace in the lounge after a long day of activities (firewood is provided). The cottage is serviced daily, tea and coffee is provided as are bath towels.
Enjoy an afternoon drink on the sunny veranda surrounded by stunning views of the Drakensberg or, if the weather is warm enough, have a dip in the pool in front of the main house. This is undoubtedly the place to enjoy the great outdoors with hiking, mountain biking, a scenic walk, fly-fishing, tubing, a 9-hole golf course and horseback riding.
Contact them regarding bringing your pet as they have dogs of their own on the property. Kids are welcome and they can even arrange a sit-in nanny if you’d like a romantic night out.
Cottage Pie, Clarens
The quaint village of Clarens is only 17km from Golden Gate National Park and here a special place awaits you. Cottage Pie is a charming thatched home nestling beside a trickling stream among indigenous trees at the foot of a magnificent sandstone mountain.
Surrounded by a typical English garden, you can expect to see a variety of birds with occasional visits from buck, hare, dassie, baboon and porcupine, offering you a truly special country experience.
A hearty cooked breakfast is provided in the main dining room on the property. Activities nearby include golf, squash, tennis, bowls, hiking, abseiling quad biking, river rafting and several eateries, galleries and quaint little shops. You could also opt for trout fishing or horse riding.
This is just a glimpse of what is on offer. So make your calls and advise management that your 4-legged friend will be joining you, book your Rhino Shuttles transfer and go make memories to last you a lifetime.