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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 or bed and breakfast 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 rush of the river, as it makes its way round the bend, tend to command a peaceful silence that is appreciated by all the Otter’s visitors.

Twin and double en-suite, log cabin sytle 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, trout fishing, mountain biking, paragliding, wine tours, historical sites, and boutique cellars are on the doorstep.

  • Response Rate: 95%
  • Response Time: 5 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 27
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 67 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Otter's Bend Lodge

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Victoria Gough, South Africa
10 November 2016

We stayed in the log cabins and it was such a stunning location. Opening your curtains in the morning to nothing but trees and nature. The communal setting was a great place to meet new people. The location from town is perfect as you can literally walk into town. Overall I would highly recommend a stay at the Otter's Bend Lodge.

Selma Marais, South Africa
24 October 2016

What a lovely surprise!! The communal area was inviting and much better stocked than I could ever have hoped for. Bedroom was a delight in architecture. Friendly owner. Definatily worth the price :-) Loved that you were so near to Franshoek but also literally a stone's throw away from the river. Awesome place!!

Galen Schultz, South Africa
26 September 2016

Great place. Beautiful and peaceful. The cock crows and a nursery grows and the sound of running water can be heard from the nearby stream.

Sarah Levitt, South Africa
29 August 2016

We loved our stay here! The hosts were very informative and welcoming. We camped peacefully next to the river and close to the main house where the kitchen is fully equipped. The location is amazing and is within walking distance to town, wine farms and many other attractions. We went on a beautiful hike, highly recommend it. We will definitely be back!

Arlene Potgieter, South Africa
07 March 2016

This is a nice place for kids, as they can run around freely and play outside. Its good value for money if u just want a place to crash. The wooden walls are paper thin though and there's definitely a mosquito problem- so go prepared. Real backpackers vibe, friendly people hanging out and chilling.

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Otter's Bend Lodge Map

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

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