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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 travellers' 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 small farm surrounded by wine and fruit farms.

The adjoining twin and double en-suite log cabin style rooms lead out onto a deck situated amongst trees, nestled on the banks of the Franschhoek River. Two separate self-contained family cabins are also available.
There is a communal self-catering lounge/dining/kitchen area with large open fire, wood burning stove, fully equipped kitchen and outdoor braai areas. A dip pool overlooking the river offers the perfect spot to cool off in summer.

Otter's Bend Lodge 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. Yoga retreats, team building events, outdoor activities.

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.

Covid Safety Approved: Temperature check and information form completed on arrival. Hand sanitizer in rooms. Social distancing and wearing of masks expected in public areas.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Conference Venues
  • Romantic
  • Covid Safety Approved
  • Kids Stay Free

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
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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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                  Eileen Arnold
                  09 September 2020

                  Otters Bend Lodge is a magical place. The rooms were clean and well kept, the communal kitchen lounge was well stocked and the host were perfect. Loved the dog Ben who came to greet us on the first day! The river gurgling past the rooms was the cherry on top. Can t wait to visit again!

                  Natano Lakay
                  09 March 2020

                  we loved the peacefulness of nature and the locations, just one minor problem that kept us awake was the things falling on the roof.

                  June Swart
                  08 March 2020

                  Although we spent only one night, I am very impressed. We were welcomed very friendly. Everything were very neat and if you love nature, this is the perfect place to wake up in the morning.

                  Paulo Morceiro
                  16 February 2020

                  I enjoyed the space.

                  Megan Keyser
                  26 January 2020

                  Love this place, will defiantly visit again soon

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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