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Where to walk your wagger…

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Living in Cape Town, we are absolutely blessed… We have so many gorgeous places to spend our free time exploring… but what about our furry family members…?  Can they join us?  Not sure?  Well, we have put together a guide, combining some of the City of Cape Town’s most helpful resources.  Have a look and let us know what you think… and please share our site and this information with anyone you think may benefit from it.  Let’s make use of this incredible city we live in!!

 

Table Mountain National Park is one of very few National Parks in South Africa where you can walk your dogs.  There are obviously restrictions as to where you can do this and these are to minimize the impacts of dogs on the biodiversity of this beautiful mountain.  If you are planning to walk your dog in Table Mountain National Park, you will need an Activity Permit… find some more information on the Activity Card just here:

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/access-cards-permits.php#permits

and here is a link to the application form for an Activity permit

http://www.sanparks.org/docs/parks_table_mountain/myactivity_permit_form.pdf

 

Remember that your dogs do need to be under your control at all times.  The most popular areas for dog walking are:SilvermineAlong the contour path from Constantia Nek to KirstenboschNoordhoek BeachLower Section of Tokai Plantation

 

Here is a link to an INCREDIBLE interactive map showing all the areas that are dog walking friendly:

http://www.sanparks.org/docs/parks_table_mountain/tourism/dog-walking.pdf

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How about a swim…?

Does your pooch love to doggie paddle?  The City of Cape Town has made a huge effort recently to correctly signpost all the beaches so it’ll be clear to absolutely anyone whether or not their furry friends can accompany them to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.  Please remember to carry a poop bag along with you and pick up from your pooch!

http://www.capetowngreenmap.co.za/blog/its-dogs-day-beach

http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Pages/Newdogrelatedsignageforbeaches.aspx

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Parks in Cape Town

http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/parks/Pages/default.aspx

Sun-kissed beaches aren’t the only public places in Cape Town to take advantage of; our pretty city has a plethora of parks, which are perfect for walking your dogs!  Here are some of my personal favourites…

The Company’s Garden

Situated in the centre of the city, adjacent to the South African parliament, The Company’s Garden also allows access to key cultural attractions such as the SA Museum and the National Art Gallery. It features a historical city park, a rose garden, a fish pond, an aviary and numerous trees of botanical and historical significance.

Opening hours: daily: summer 7am – 7pm, winter 7am – 6pm

Queen Victoria Street (top end of Adderley Street) | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 400 2521

De Waal Park

De Waal Park is located in the heart of the City Bowl, Cape Town. Originally noted for the wide variety of trees in the park, it is now known for the social interaction of dogs, owners and children.

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

Upper Orange Road | Gardens | Cape Town  | +27 (0)21 400 2521

The Green Point Urban Park

Opened at the end of January 2011, it‘s a vibrant ‘people’s park’. From here you have stunning views of the Cape Town Stadium as well as Signal Hill. The park includes a fitness park for cycling, outdoor training and gym; a learning park for functions, seminars and arts training; a play park, a park for events, concerts, exhibitions and markets; an adventure park, a heritage park, a biodiversity nursery.

Opening hours: daily 7am – 7pm

Cape Town Stadium (can be accessed either from Beach Road (M6) or Bay Road, Moullie Point) | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 401 4000

Rondebosch Park

This is an open park with big trees, and features a variety of flora. There are pathways for gentle walks and its lawns provide ample space for picnics. Benches offer a space to sit and relax. Often used for craft markets, carols by candle light, plays and more.

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

Corner Campground Road & Sandown Roads | Rondebosch | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 4185

Maynardville Park

This district park features rolling expanses of lawn populated with trees and a vibrant eco-system of birds. The garden includes the famous Maynardville open-air theatre. There is also a water feature and children’s playground. The park is used to host a range of community activities throughout the year.

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

Corner Church & Wolfe Street | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 4185

Wynberg Park

Wynberg Park is where the spring of the Krakeelwater River begins. This district park features a conifer garden, children’s playground, duck pond, lawns, and ideal for walking dogs, picnics and braais. Summer concerts and fun days are held here annually.

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

Corner Klaassens & Trovato Link Roads | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 4185

CAPE TOWN GREEN MAP

http://www.capetowngreenmap.co.za/interactive-green-map

 

Biodiversity HOTSPOT

http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/parks/Pages/DeHelNatureArea.aspx

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