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About Otterskloof Private Game Reserve

Otterskloof Private Game Reserve lies on the border of the Free State and Northern Cape along the majestic Van Der Kloof Dam. Set in a unique part of South Africa, this jewel of the Free State awaits to surprise our visitors. The reserve is set on 13,800-hectares of dramatic Karoo landscape with a unique river ecosystem containing, among others, breeding pairs of Cape clawless otters.The accommodation is spread over two lodges, each with its own character; the Safari Lodge is the main lodge and offers luxurious catered accommodation in a revamped farm homestead, each room with its own separate entrance. The Bush Lodge is set in a reclaimed hunting outpost and offers a close-to-nature private self-catering lodge with three en-suite bedrooms.All rooms are equipped with double or single beds, en-suite bathrooms with showers, linen and towels as well as complimentary toiletries, a heater, safe for valuables, and a hairdryer. Rooms are serviced daily and a laundry service is also available.At Otterskloof Private Game Reserve guests can enjoy night drives, hiking, kayaking, bird watching, game drives, fishing, mountain biking, trail running, and supervised 4x4 trails, among other activities.The owners, Abel and Karen Erasmus, are well-known conservationists and breeders of rare game species. Abel is a highly respected breeder with a proven track record of more than 26 years. Kindly note that Otterskloof is situated 30 km from Phillipolis and can only be reached via a well-maintained gravel road.

Safari: Guided game drives comprise a drive though the reserve for a maximum of 6 people per trip and refreshments are provided. Otterskloof also has 102km of roads for you to explore on your own with your own high-clearance or 4x4 vehicle.


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Please note that Otterskloof Private Game Reserve is an ethical hunting establishment; and the owners, are well-known conservationists and breeders of rare game species.
Dogs will only be allowed if pre-arranged with lodge manager and with a leash at all times.

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  • En-suite rooms Sleeps 4 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 13 Two large rooms with double beds and 11 rooms with twin beds with en-suite bathrooms as well as tea and coffee facilitie... see more
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      • ECONOMY ROOM Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only
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          • En-Suite Room - Self Catering Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Two large rooms with double beds and 11 rooms with twin beds with en-suite bathrooms as well as tea and coffee facilitie... see more
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              Reviews for Otterskloof Private Game Reserve

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              Alicia Pieterse
              04 January 2020

              Lovely tranquil venue

              Cobus Fraser
              28 December 2017

              Great location; friendly staff. Enjoyed the outdoors. Double bed had to be replaced long ago. Good overall experience but the sleeping comfort might prevent me from returning.

              Lynette Bergh, South Africa
              12 January 2017

              We stayed at Otterskloof for one night and arrived in a huge rain storm which made the 30km trip on the dirt road rather unpleasant! Unfortunately we found the staff although pleasant untrained, our impression was that this is largely a hunting lodge and they seemed to be working on skeleton staff during this period. The evening meal was certainly overpriced at R195/person! The room was pleasant but we had a shower door which did not close. We certainly felt that this was not a 4 star experience!

              Mrs Wolfaardt
              13 January 2015

              I had a perfect stay at Otterskloof. The place was beautiful and had a great atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were neat and comfortable. There were a lot of things for the kids to do and they really enjoyed themselves. The food was delicious! I cant wait to go back again.

              02 January 2015

              Stay was good. Good is the rooms and fresh linen and kitchen staff trying to accommodate you.

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              Otterskloof Private Game Reserve is 27.8km from the centre of Philippolis , the nearest airport 153.4km (Kimberley Airport).
              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling