About - Durban Dog Hotel

Home Away from Home

Your pooch might not want to leave... 😉

"Thank you for treating our pup like your own!"

Candice Schneider - Account Manager, Project Room

Meet the Founders

Durban Dog Hotel Owner - Sonseirai Van Heerden

Sonseirai Van Heerden

Owner and Founder

Sonseirai (sohns-uh-ray) is an avid dog lover with years of experience with dogs. She has a true behavioural gift with dogs and is able to assess pack dynamics within minutes of introduction. Sonseirai is passionate about educated dog care and rescue. 


She has and continues to train and invest into every DDH team member and the public and she currently foster dogs and is active in the dog psychology and rescue field.

Sonseirai has been named one of the top 5 female entrepreneurs in KZN for 2016.

Call or email Sonseirai to chat more about how your pooch will enjoy the Durban Dog Hotel or should your fur kid require a behavioural assessment or training.

Durban Dog Hotel Co-Founder - Candice Swanson Van Heerden

Candice Swanson

Co-Founder

Candice is the mother-heart of the Durban Dog Hotel. You will often see her walking around with a more nervous pooch guest under her arm. 

Candice is a highly successful business woman and proven entrepreneur. She has started several successful businesses overseas which still thrive today. 

She has a university level qualification and proficiency in a foreign language and is a dog lover with a heart that always has room for one more. She has instilled a culture of love, patience and how to meet pooch needs in a healthy into the DDH team.

Call or email Candice for any PRO or administration needs.

Meet the Team

Belinda

Belinda

Office Manager

Nadine

Nadine

Operations Manager

Creed

Creed

Alpha (In Training)

    5 star review  My precious Lulu (a small Yorkie) has just spent a month at The Durban Dog Hotel in Hillcrest. I cannot thank Sonseirai and Candice enough for looking so well after my precious pooch! If anybody ever wants peace of mind and a home a way from home for their pooches - this is where to send them. DURBAN DOG HOTEL YOU ROCK! Lulu can't wait to go back!

    thumb Michelle Luyt
    1/06/2016

    5 star review  We have entrusted our fur baby Lexi to The Durban Dog Hotel. This is the most amazing place for dogs! Both Candice and Sonseirai are amazing with the dogs .... No kennels or cages, lots of love and attention were key for us, and this Lexi got in heaps. Lexi has been to The Hotel a couple of times and we will continue to send her there ..... she has the time of her life there, constant photos and video updates are the proof of that 🙂

    thumb Penni Bremner
    8/22/2016

    5 star review  The Durban Dog Hotel provided an excellent home for our furry kid. He came back happy and healthy. We would recommend The Durban Dog Hotel to anyone looking for a short term home for their furry kids

    thumb Shaveth Somera
    2/03/2019

    5 star review  If I could gove you 10 stars I would ♡ You ladies are incredible! Not only did you take the stress of us during the immigration process but off our two little babies too! I cannot believe the change in our two girls. Particularly Layla, you have an amazing set up and such a special gift! Thank you for everything Candice and sonseirai! You really did make the transition from home a hassle free and enjoyable one for our dogs! Highly recommend you to anyone!

    thumb Chloë Kippen
    11/20/2015

    5 star review  Literally a home from home for dogs. I don’t think I can express how amazing Candice & Sonseirai are.My dogs stayed with them for 3 months and from the daily updates they loved every minute. I can say without a doubt that I would never leave my dogs with anyone else.

    thumb Marcia Goose
    11/25/2017