Otters Den River Lodge

5 Guest Reviews
5 Customer Reviews
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Otters Den is a River Lodge on an island in the Blyde River at the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment, near the Orpen gate to Kruger National Park.

We offer fully catered accommodation and a variety of activities for nature lovers or adventure seekers. Whether you prefer more peaceful pursuits like birding and hiking, or adrenalin boosting excitement like white water rafting in the Blyde Canyon and Hot Air Ballooning over game reserves, our qualified and experienced staff will arrange it

One reaches the camp by crossing the Blyde River by suspension bridge, symbolizing your escape into wilderness. The camp is designed to accommodate a group of up to eight guests comfortably in four chalets. The chalets are combination stone/thatch/canvas structures with timber decks on stilts, overlooking the river.
The central lodge area has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, sundeck, bar, braai, plunge pool and mini-conference area.

The island is 50ha of forest, veld and wetland and has 2km of river front on the main channel of the river. Anglers can try for a variety of fish species including Largescale Yellowfish, Catfish, Tilapias and even Largemouth Bass.

An experienced field guide is available to take you hiking through indigenous forest, field and stream. There are 110 tree species and the list is growing. The bird list tops 220 species, including Fish Eagle, Narina Trogon, African Finfoot and Purplecrested Lourie. Small game like otter, serval, genet, bush pigs, bush babies and small antelope can be spotted if you are patient and observant. Hippo and crocodile are often seen

Otter's Den is an ideal base from which to visit the Kruger Park, the nearby Reptile Park, the Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve, the Cheetah Breeding Project and the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

The meals are sumptuous. Due consideration is given to guests with special dietary requirements. Much use is made of home grown fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Mosquitoes are seldom a problem and in summer, your ceiling fan can be turned on for a cool night's sleep and also to fend off any mosquitoes that might want to visit.

Anglers: We encourage catch and release, but guests are welcome to keep a fish or two for consumption in the camp.

  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 5
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

5 Reviews on Otters Den River Lodge

We are a couple of Belgium, 66 years old, living south of France since 1984. We loved Otter's Den, very calm, sympathy of personel, very very interesting bush walk around the island, nice food, and very helpfull people to arrange, by mail, by advance, all our needs and ideas. Lodge very pleasant. Balloning is obviously a very nice experience.

01 March 2012

The people were very friendly. The meals were excellent and the rooms clean.

07 April 2009

Otters Den is an unbelievable nice and beautiful place. When you cross the bridge - and for the first time it is a little scary when you are afraid of heights, but worth it – you enter a little paradise (a little Eden in a hectic world). Due to the Blyde river I think it is always green and because there are only 5 lodges you get total privacy. The owners do everything to make you feel comfortable and you can totally relax. When you are there the rest of the world does not exist (and you just want to stay). At Otters Den they try and succeed to feel you at home. If you want to do things they can arrange a lot for you and if sometime things you want to do are fully booked they come up with alternatives. No problem. But just staying there is a joy on it’s own. You feel totally at home and feel a little sad to leave. We can and will recommend it to everybody, but hope Otters Den will stay a little secret so not to many people will want to go there and the ones who do can enjoy it as unworldly place where you feel privileged to stay.

21 October 2008

In one word: Fantastic!!!! We had a warm welcome. All the meals were great and the lodge was, as all other things, just wonderful.

15 May 2008

Beautiful environment, neat and clean lodges, excellent food. The river bridge is stunning, so are the views. Marie-Tinka and family and staff did everything to make us feel welcome and at home. The bush walk was amazing and one of the highlights of our stay. Recommended!!

03 December 2007

Room information

Thatched Chalet x 5

Includes: D B & B

The chalets are combination stone/thatch/canvas structures with timber decks on stilts, overlooking the river. The central lodge area has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, sundeck, bar, braai, plunge pool and mini-conference area.

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