Living in Joburg definitely has its limitations(money making traffic riddled city aside), and I’m constantly reminded how hard we have to work to find new and interesting places to visit. Walkhaven is one of those hidden gems that I have absolutely fallen in love with, and if you are ever looking for a beautiful spot in the countryside to bring your fur-mily, then this is it.
Rupert Gypsey and Holly – carpoolin’
Rupert and Bella braving the dam water
Situated in the infamous ‘wedding strip’ in Muldersdrift, and a mere 18kms from Fourways, Walkhaven is exactly that – a haven for you and your pet. From the moment you drive down the dusty road you are greeted by the sight of hundreds of humans and their wagging tailed friends. Walkhaven consists of 2 very large dams (sorry humans, swimming for pooches only) and vast open spaces, walkways and long grass. The perfect place for your furry kids to run free (Rule 1 at Walkhaven – no leads) and explore to their hearts content.
For the humans there is a lovely restaurant on the deck, plus several picnic benches dotted in and around the vicinity. The restaurant has delicious food, and on Sundays a massive buffet breakfast.
You would think that with so many dogs running around unleashed there would be absolute chaos, but the lack of restrictions allows the curious canines to explore, lick, sniff, swim and greet other pooches without feeling threatened or controlled.
My two dogs, Rupert and Bella, adore the place and after a few hours in the sun at Walkhaven they come home muddy, smelly, wet, but very very happy.
Need to know :
– R25 entrance fee per person. dogs are free.
– Complimentary water bowls all over Walkhaven
– Can bring your own food, drinks and picnic hampers
– Dogs tend to lose any hearing/training skills/sense of discipline when around so many other exciting friends. Be warned
– Dress casual, it’s muddy and wet and a whole lot of fun.
– Walkhaven is open Saturdays and Sundays from 7 am – 6:30 pm
The start of the walk
Bella en route home. Absolutely exhausted (and filthy!)
Aunty Candy and Bella
Can we walk now ma? Huh? Can we??