We had a very early start to our day to be able to find the following places for you that are definitely worth a visit.
We stopped here just after 8, with a warm welcome and coffee we had a relaxing time in the little garden. The scones were in the oven and I’m regretting not staying long enough to have one, will definitely have to go back. The little garden on the side is pet and kid-friendly, with a lovely play area the kids can be kept busy while you enjoy breakfast and the dogs, cats, rabbits or any other animal you might have as a companion can join you. If you find it too cold outside, they have a lovely fireplace inside, unfortunately, this area is not pet friendly.
This is one of the first coffee shops I have found that sells doggy products in their gift shop (bought 2 beautiful leads). Definitely worth a visit. Look out for the blue building on the main road.
You see Rolandale on your right just before coming into Buffeljagsrivier. Apart from their very big garden area, they also have a small fenced doggy area in front of the restaurant where you can let your 4 legged companions loose to stretch their legs. Should you wish to order a take away instead of sitting in the restaurant, this fenced area also has a picnic table inside.
You see the signs for Delish as you start approaching Heidelberg. This little gem on your right also has a lovely outside garden area together with a play area for the children. This was the perfect time for me to fuel up, with a lovely big bear breakfast and a coffee, the dogs and I felt ready for the rest of our trip. There is also a very nice little Gin and Wine Shop, so why not stock up on something for the end of your trip as well? Inside they have a deli area, from Pies to Peanut Butter Cup Cakes, there is something for everyone.
4. Die Rooi Alwyn in Riversdal
This very neat little padstal has something of everything. This is no ordinary padstal, in their little garden area they have a doggy bar, serving only the freshest of water. If you have not had breakfast or lunch yet, then this is a great place to stop. From amazing omelets to vetkoek you cannot ask for more. I just stopped here for a bathroom break and found their facilities to be very neat, clean, and modern. Will try and make this a food stop in the future.
5. Doggy Park in Albertinia
The Shell garage in Albertinia has a great doggy park, worth a visit. They have 2 enclosed areas, 1 for the bigger dogs and 1 for cats and smaller dogs. They offer freshwater, poo bags, and a table under the shade for picnics. The OK at the shell garage does great take away coffee, or if you would like to stock up on snacks then this is the place to do it.
6. Kaaimans Beach in Winderness
This is the best-kept secret in town. You park your car along the N2 by the Kaaimans River, then after a very short walk along the road, you get to a secret beach that only the locals know about. Most of the time you will not find anyone on the beach and the dogs can have a good stretch of the legs. Please make sure to only leave paw prints behind.
I have always heard that you find the best cheesecake here but thought it was just a marketing ploy. This little Cafe sits a little bit off the N2, but worth the detour as they really do sell the best Cheesecake and Chocolate cake.
That was our last stop before we reached Plettenberg Bay. Nothing beats having a good roll in the grass to loosen all the muscles after such a long trip.