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About Otter's Bend Lodge

We are a unique, boutique travellers’ "farmstay", situated on the banks of the Franschhoek River in the heart of the famous Cape Winelands. We are known for our relaxed farm atmosphere embraced by nature, with the sounds of birds, frogs and the trickling of the river going by.

Surrounded by magnificent mountains and famous wine farms, we are within walking distance of Franschhoek Village — the gourmet capital of South Africa. We provide the perfect base from which to explore - whether it is hiking, biking, horse riding, or savouring and indulging in what the wine estates, restaurants and shops have to offer.

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.

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.


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

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Availability and pricing

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  • Double/ Twin 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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      • Camp Site for two persons only Camp Site for two persons only Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 3
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          • Family Cabin 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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              Tracy Havinga
              16 October 2021

              It was good value for money, unfortunately with load shedding or power outage, there was no back up power so we couldn't make dinner - even the gas didn't work.

              Lizette Van Zyl
              25 April 2021

              All was really good, was a good experience and lovely people

              Zama Hartung
              14 February 2021

              Nice place to go to if you looking for some quietness and tranquility. Very nice for people who love nature as it is situated just next to the river, in the forest. Accommodation is basic,dont expect 5*.Some units could do with the revamp.😊

              Nathan Randall
              20 December 2020

              The place is on one of the better locations we have seen. I think maybe a bit more effort could be put into the rooms. But at the end of the day, you get what you pay for, and this was one of the cheaper accommodations in franschhoek. The communal area is functional and looks very nice with a nice pool and deck in the trees. We swam in the pool and chilled on the deck which was very relaxing. I did hear some other guests complaining that they could not find someone to check them in however when we arrived we conviently bumped into one of the staff who helped us. Overall, we were satisfied and...
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              Lisa Morkel
              15 November 2020

              This was my second trip to Otter's Bend. It is so peaceful near a river with lots if grass and places to relax. The rooms are simple but clean and they have everything you need. Kitchen is well equipped. Large braai area and even pizza oven. Walking distance to town too. Will be back.

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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