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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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                  Robin Esser
                  16 February 2019

                  Simple cabins, good for a few nights as the rest of Franschhoek is quite expensive.

                  Jw Hurter
                  29 January 2019

                  Otters bend is perfect for camping, but I’m happy I didn’t book more than one night. The tein room is super cramped and for a place that is infested by mosquitoes, I would have appreciated a warning or some complimentary repellent. Luckily a old and noisy fan was present in the room which kept the mosquitoes away, but also kept us up due to its clicking noise. Good think I remembered a 2 prong plug, or else we wouldn’t have been able to plug the fan in... It was good for what I wanted (one night’s rest in Franschhoek - safe and somewhat sound) but I wish I knew that I knew how small the bathro...
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                  Amanda Trend
                  01 January 2019

                  Lovely clean venue, good value for money.

                  Shaun Harper
                  30 December 2018

                  Really loved the laid back rustic feel. And definitely a fun place to stay if you have a group.

                  Adele Steyn
                  28 October 2018

                  Very well located - beautiful natural setting.

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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