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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 at the Safari Lodge which offers luxurious catered accommodation in a revamped farm homestead, each room with its own separate entrance. All rooms are equipped with double or single beds, en-suite bathrooms with showers, linen and towels as well as complimentary toiletries, air conditioner, 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, 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 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
  • Vitality Collection
  • 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.
No dogs allowed without prior arrangement with Otterskloof.

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  • En-suite rooms 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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      • En-Suite Room - Self Catering 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
        • Adults

          Reviews for Otterskloof Private Game Reserve

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          Anine Botha
          18 April 2021

          Excellent and Beautiful

          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.

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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