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About Otter's Bend Lodge

Otter’s Bend Lodge, in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, is a unique backpackers, hikers, and travelers lodge offering a self-catering base from which to explore the Western Cape Winelands and Franschhoek. It also makes an ideal getaway for city dwellers and overnight stop for wedding guests. Otter’s Bend Lodge is situated on a farm, in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley surrounded by wine and fruit farms. A foot track leads off Dassenberg Road through pear orchards down to the Franschhoek River. The adjoining log cabin rooms and communal living area will quickly absorb you into this gem of a spot where the whispering of the wind in the trees and the gurgle of the river tend to command a peaceful silence that is appreciated by all the Otter’s visitors. Twin and double en-suite, log cabin style rooms lead out onto a deck situated amongst trees. There is a communal self-catering lounge/dining/kitchen area with large open fire, wood burning stove, and fully equipped kitchen. A dip pool overlooking the river offers the perfect spot to cool off in summer.Otter's Bend is within easy walking distance of the village, several renowned wine estates, and famous restaurants. Horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, wine tours, historical sites, and boutique cellars are on the doorstep.

Conference Venues: Small casual workshops/thinktanks up to 20 people. Home meals by prior arrangement to suit your budget. Yoga retreats, team building events, outdoor activities. Projector, whiteboards and other equipment available.

Family friendly: Set next to the river, with organic vegetable garden, orchard and many walks. Family rooms and camping available. Bikes for hire. Walking distance to the village.

Romantic: Private cabins available set apart in amongst the trees near the river bank. Comfortable double beds, own braai spot (subject to wind conditions). Walking distance to Franschhoek's famous restaurants. Late check outs by arrangement.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Conference Venues
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Availability and pricing

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  • Double/ Twin Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 5 Each of the five cosy rooms, with en-suite, in log cabin style leads out through double doors onto a deck under the... see more Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, En-suite
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      • Dorm Bed Sleeps 1 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 3 A self-contained unit suitable for backpackers or groups of no more than 3 adults per dorm (1 bed per person). It is... see more Features:  Bunk beds, Single beds
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          • Camp Site for two persons only Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 3 Pitch your own two-man tent in a sheltered spot amongst the Pear trees.
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              • Family Cabin Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 2 A self-contained unit suitable for families or groups of no more than 4 adults.It is made up of a large room with one... see more Features:  Double beds, Bunk beds
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                  Reviews for Otter's Bend Lodge

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                  Amina Jacobs
                  08 September 2019

                  Loved the peace and tranquility of the place, getting away from the hustle and bustle. The only that could be improved is probably the fact there is not enough light by the braai area next to the common area

                  Veronique Orban
                  15 July 2019

                  Amazing stay in the countryside. Very convenient and affordable.

                  Steven Negus
                  07 June 2019

                  Loved the forest but the bed was uncomfortable and there was a scratching noise through the night and at times banging on the roof

                  Cara Blows
                  27 May 2019

                  Lovely setting alongside the river, and beds were surprisingly comfortable if you exclude the thin, lumpy pillows. But the facilities, in general, were very basic and quite run down. I felt as though everything needed a good clean too - hot wash. On arrival, there was no bell or intercom. There were some people on the balcony who told me to just push the gate open (I would never have known, otherwise.) I followed the man who then met me at the gate to a storeroom-type where we searched for my booking through a file perched on an ironing board. I was also a little rattled at the lack of securit...
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                  Cheryl Daniels
                  17 March 2019

                  The drive through the vineyards to get to the lodge was absolutely beautiful. The peace and serenity of the surroundings was a welcome break from the noise of the city. It is an absolutely wonderful place with the mountains surrounding the area. In the future I will definitely come back if I am in the area.

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                  Otter's Bend Lodge is 1.5km from the centre of Franschhoek , the nearest airport 57.2km (Cape Town International Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling