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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.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 5 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 27
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 79 Reviews

Facilities

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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Availability and pricing

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Reviews for Otter's Bend Lodge

79 guest reviews Reviews of

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Maxime Desmons
15 January 2018

We loved the place for camp site. Kitchen is perfect, bathroom a bit less.

Peter Edwards
12 January 2018

Reasonable stay at Otters Bend Lodge. Location is tucked away and very pleasant. Accommodation was compact but reasonable. Dampness does result in a major mosquito problem - definitely recommend bringing along mosquito repellent. Camping facilities look like a great option.

Floris Mostert
20 December 2017

Shower curtain was dirty.Notices for other guests to be quiet in sleeping area.

Gildas Delencre
27 November 2017

Very nice placeVery good value of money

Cole Stanton
26 October 2017

Very peaceful and well nestled against a nice riber

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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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