Dog are not banned from the beaches in Cape Town

The dog loving community in Cape Town have recently been alarmed by rumours that all the beaches in Cape Town are now banning dogs and horses.  The rumour has in fact been confirmed as untrue by the City of Cape Town.

2 May 2019 | "The City of Cape Town’s media spokesperson confirmed with us that the City has not banned dogs from their beaches and dogs are in fact welcome at a number of locals beaches.

Locals in Hout Bay, however, have been complaining due to a number of residents and visitors who are openly bringing their dogs to beaches clearly marked with signage indicating that dogs are not allowed.

Some older locals have even reported being knocked down and still suffering from severe injuries a number of years after the incident occurred. Many locals are concerned as the trend of people walking around with their dogs off the leash on beaches that do not allow dogs is on the rise.

Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health says, “Dogs are allowed at designated beaches. The relevant by-law makes provision for free running, on-the-leash and time limitation (when dogs are allowed during certain times) on beaches.

Different beaches have different designations.

The factors that the City of Cape Town takes into consideration when allocating these dog zones include;

–        The size of the beach;

–        The environmentally sensitive nature of that specific beach;

–        The recreational use of the space;

–        The proximity to neighboring ‘free-running’ dog areas or where dogs are allowed on a lead.

The following reasons explain the City’s exclusion of dogs and domestic animals from certain sections of the coast:

–        The hygiene risk (because of the bacteria contained in dogs’ faeces);

–        The nuisance factor: where members of the public don’t want to be bothered by an animal invading their personal space;

–        The possible hazard or conflict that may arise between 2 or more dogs where a fight occurs;

–        Ecological sensitivity: dogs chase birds and other animals such as mongoose which are indigenous to our coastline and reside within the dunes.

The coastline is a shared public asset and all members of the public are required to exercise due care, to avoid creating a negative impact on the environment and consideration for other users. This includes dog-owners being aware of the areas where dogs are prohibited and acting responsibly with their dogs in permitted environments.

Badroodien said some signs needed to be replaced once the department was made aware of this. He said dogs and all domestic animals were prohibited at beaches because of hygiene, safety hazard, nuisance, and environmental risks.

There are a number of beaches around Cape Town that are specifically allocated for animal lovers and their pets – and even a few that you can take your horse to.

For more information on this topic read the City’s Animal By-Law here."

Source: Cape Town etc

Those looking to take to the beach with their furry friends can take a look through the list of beaches and find suitable dog beaches:

Dogs and horses on Cape Town beaches BEACHES

BEACHES DOG ZONE HORSE ZONE
Tidal pools No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Bakoven Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Beta Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Big Bay No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Bikini Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Blaauwberg No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Blue Waters Resort No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Broken Bath No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Burghers' Walk Dogs on a leash No horses allowed
Camps Bay Beach · No dogs allowed between 09:00-18:00 from November- March No horses allowed
  · Free-running at all other times  
  · No dogs allowed in the Tidal Pool and Blue Flag areas at all times  
Cayman Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Clifton 1st Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Clifton 2nd · No dogs allowed from November – March No horses allowed
  · Free-running at all other times  
Clifton 3rd · No dogs allowed from November – March No horses allowed
  · Free-running at all other times  
Clifton 4th · No dogs allowed from November - March  
  · Free-running at all other times No horses allowed
Clovelly Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Cosy Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Danger Beach Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Derdesteen No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Dolphin Beach Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Edge of Cayman Beach to end of Greenways, Strand Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Edge of Sonwabe Beach to edge of Strandfontein Beach Dogs free-running Horses allowed with permission from CCT
Eerstesteen No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Fish Hoek Beach · Dogs free-running from the lighthouse to Clovelly No horses allowed
  · No dogs allowed on main beach  
Fisherman's Beach Dogs on a leash No horses allowed
Fleur Park Dogs on a leash No horses allowed
Frank's Bay / Froggy Pond Dogs on a leash No horses allowed
Glen Beach · No dogs allowed between 09:00 - 18:00 from November – March No horses allowed
  · Free-running at all other times  
Glencairn Beach Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Gordon's Bay Main Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
     
Gordon's Bay from northern corner of the parking to the Fleur Park boundary Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Granger Bay Dogs free-running  
Greenways to Strand swimming pool Dogs on a leashNo horses allowed  
Harmony Park No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Helderberg Marine Protected Area No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Hendon Park Resort No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Holbaai No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Horses Beach, Blaauwberg Conservation Area No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Hout Bay · Dogs free-running in middle section of beach Horse riding east of Hout Bay River mouth, before sunrise
  · No dogs allowed on Chapman’s Peak side and Mariner’s Warf side  
Kogel Bay Resort No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Kreeftebaai No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Lagoon Beach, Milnerton Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Llandudno · No dogs allowed between 09:00-18:00 from November-March No horses allowed
  · Dogs free-running at all other times  
Long Beach, Kommetjie Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Long Beach, Simon's Town Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Macassar Resort No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Maiden's Cove No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Melkbosstrand 1st to 5th Avenues · Dogs allowed on a leash between 07:00 -17:00 from 1st Ave to 5th Ave No horses allowed
  · Dogs free-running between 17:00 - 07:00  
Melkbosstrand Main Beach from 5th Avenue to Slabbert se Klippe · No dogs allowed between 09:00 -19:00 from 1 December - 31 March No horses allowed
  · Dogs allowed on a leash between 19:00 - 09:00 from 1 April - 30 November  
  · Dogs MUST be on a leash at all times  
Milton · No dogs allowed between 09:00 and 18:00 from 1 November - 31 March  
  · Dogs allowed on a leash between 18:00 - 09:00 from 1 April - 31 October No horses allowed
  · Dogs allowed on a leash at all times  
Mnandi Resort No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Monwabisi Resort No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Muizenberg Beach · No dogs allowed between 09:00-18:00 from November- March No horses allowed
  · Dogs allowed on a leash at all other times  
Nine Miles Beach Dogs on a leash Horses allowed at all times
Queen's Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Rocklands No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Saunders Rock No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Seaforth Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Sea Point - Mouille Point · Dogs free-running at Sunset Beach and Mouille Point at all times No horses allowed
  · No dogs allowed at all times on other beaches  
Silwerstroomstrand No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Slabbert se Klippe to Zout River Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Small Bay No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Sonwabe Beach Dogs free-running No horses allowed
St James tidal pool No dogs allowed No horses allowed
St James grassed area and pathway to Danger Beach Dogs allowed on a leash No horses allowed
Strand Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Strandfontein Beach No dogs allowed No horses allowed
Sunrise Beach Dogs free-running east of the lifesaving building No horses allowed
Sunset Beach, Milnerton Dogs free-running No horses allowed
Table View Dogs free-running No horses allowed

 

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