Summer is perfect for spending as much time as possible with your fur babies enjoying the sunshine! This is also the perfect time to visit your favourite dog parks and play.
With so many to choose from, we’ve decided to compile this list of our favourite dog parks in Pretoria.
Paws in the East
This is arguably one of the best places for pups in Pretoria. This fully enclosed, off-the-leash park is the first of its kind, offering experiences for pet owners and pooches unlike any other. You can enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences, treats and adventures for pups and pet owners alike. Enjoy a hike, jog or adventure through the park, or order a plate of liver flapjacks for your fur baby at the Barkin’ Good Bites Kitchen!
This beautiful, sprawling park offers ample space for playtime, running and just plain fun out in nature, plus incredible braai and picnic facilities.
Note: Entrance is R40 per ticket – one adult and dogs.
Struben Dam Bird Sanctuary
The Struben Dam Bird Sanctuary offers something different. Enjoy bird-watching, and learning more about a variety of fish species and vegetation while also taking your dog on a long walk throughout this gorgeous park.
For years, Jan Cilliers Park has been a favourite for families. This neat spot, also known as Protea Park, is one of the oldest and most beautiful spots in Pretoria and is a firm favourite amongst dog walkers and owners in the CBD.
If it’s up your alley, bring along your fishing rod, and enjoy some casual catch and release fishing. Alternatively, bring the rest of the family for an afternoon picnic nestled in the beauty of nature.
Waterkloof Ridge Dog Park
Waterkloof Ridge Dog Park is another one of our favourite spots to adventure with our pooches. This spot is absolutely beautiful, and community efforts keep the space clean and maintained for dog owners and their fur babes to continuously enjoy.
Dogs can go off-leash and take a dip in the park’s pools, but be sure to take a leash with you just in case. Plus, with bins on site, it is easy for you to clean up after your pup – the park does occasionally offer poop bags, but take your own along with you just in case. The park is free and always open, so be sure to check it out.
Jan Cilliers Park
Enjoy a spacious park with gorgeous views, indigenous fauna and flora and soothing water features that are the perfect backdrop for picnics, lazy afternoon strolls and loads of family fun!
Looking for a spot that’s a bit different from the rest? Visit Hedianga Farm!
This beautiful trail is an adventurer’s must do, with trail running routes that are between 5 and 18km long.
It’s a great place for hiking, cycling, birding and walking your dogs (off-leash in designated areas).
Wolwespruit Bike & Trail Park
If you’re looking for something a bit more physically challenging for you and your pooch, check out the Wolwespruit Bike & Trail Park. The park has roughly 8km of trails that have some tough climbs and a couple of river crossings and is in the heart of Pretoria East. You can also choose to cycle the trails.
Be sure to keep your dog on a leash when you visit. You can find out more about their fees and bookings here.
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
While the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve requires dogs to be kept on their leashes, it doesn’t detract from the beauty of this spot. Enjoy the fresh air, native wildlife and breath-taking views while you take a walk with your dog, or just hang out!
Enjoy a picnic on the reserve while taking in the natural fauna and flora! Permits are required to enter at R70 per person with a maximum of two dogs – these permits last throughout the financial year and are a worthy investment.
Pretoria has a large variety of parks and reserves to visit and we’d love to visit them all. Let us know which park is your favourite!