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  I brought my 2 sausage dogs to stay, Michael was was only 2 months old at the time and Matilda is anxious, and discovered what a wonderful place this is!! I have always worried about going away and who we can ask to look after our pups but after I bringing them here, I no longer worry. To be honest I'm not sure they wanted to come home with me. They had such a ball playing with all the other dogs and being treated like royalty � Thank you for all the updates and for looking after them so well! Can't wait for them to come and stay again!

    thumb Jen Stewart
    6/18/2018

    5 star review  We love sending our fur babies to The Durban Dog Hotel and; Paddy and Lola love visiting. We can't thank the team enough for taking care of our babies on so many occassions. We know that when we drop them off that they're in good hands and will be well cared for. We also love receiving the regular updates and photos. Keep up the good work!!!

    thumb Ashleigh Perry-Steenkamp
    11/12/2018

    5 star review  My two little Dashie girls just love being at Durban Dog Hotel. I know they are safe, being cared for and loved while I am away. It's a two way win...they are happy and so am I. Thanx Candice and Sonseirai .

    thumb Astral Stella Gatt
    5/12/2018

    5 star review  Finally made the decision to leave our precious 1 1/2 year old JR at the Dog Hotel for 3 nights, came to drop off and stayed to enable familiarization for him for about 10 - 15min. When we drove off we felt relieved, at ease and so happy knowing that he would be in good hands with good surrounding. I immediately phoned a friend who also had lodged their dog at the Hotel a couple of days earlier to 'air my relief and state of 'happiness for our dog'. My friend was chuffed that I called as this is exactly how they felt as well lodging their dog at the Hotel too 🙂 🙂 :). Absolutely great to enable to place such confidence in people who are leaving their most loved dogs at the Hotel, amazing to see how they all get on!! CONGRATULATIONS TO CANDICE & SONSEREI!

    thumb Lisette Keightley
    8/22/2016

    positive review  They really care about your dogs and will look after them so well so you don't have to worry about their safety and happiness while you are away.

    thumb Lisa Marie Mahlknecht
    4/15/2019