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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 gurgle 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 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.

  • Response Rate: 98%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 8 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 27
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 74 Reviews

Facilities

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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Room availability and prices

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Reviews for Otter's Bend Lodge

74 guest reviews Reviews of

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Charnell Liedeman
05 June 2017

We loved the place, its value for money! Enjoyed the nature environment, just a pity the river has dried up. The communal are is very comfortable... Met people around the shared fire place....

Pelo Nkunjana
04 June 2017

Lovely stay. Quiet, private & great value for money.

Richard Liebenberg
11 April 2017

From the moment we arrived, we noticed neglect. From the insignificant, handmade sign, to the derelict gate, to the non-existence of a reception area. Walking to the rooms, we were greeted by a rusted double decker wreck of a bus, to rotten pears on the trees. Piles of wood with hay strewn over formed part of the "decorations" The communal area had mismatched worn cushions on the one bench. All the bedrooms had the use of only one table outside, with only two chairs on the deck. The mat in the bathroom was dirty. The Manager (Mary) who showed us around couldn't believe why we were unhap...
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Christine Briston
04 April 2017

The charming setting goes a long way to make up for the roughness of the lodge. The light in the trees beyond the deck and in the orchard is absolutely magical.While one makes allowances at a backpackers, private rooms should be a cut-above.The lodge needs maintenance. The room next to mine had a difficult lock, requiring guests to attempt locking/unlocking the room many times before getting it right. This also meant them having to slam the door in order to close it, which had resulted in the glass of one window being cracked. With the lodge having only dry-walling between units and the bed...
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Susan Knipe
01 April 2017

We stayed in the family cabin. It is private and was very clean. Thank you!

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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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