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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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              Garrett Rose
              17 January 2022

              Otter's lodge is very close to town and is a value for money venue if you are looking to just overnight in Franschhoek. The room was very clean and was peaceful and quiet during the night even though there was a large group of ladies in the larger cabins. Was perfect for our overnight stay!

              Hugo Woffenden
              30 December 2021

              Arrived with plan to visit some of the vineyards. Host lent us 2 bikes free of charge and gave us directions which enabled us to cycle to vineyards. Each vineyard was no more than a 10 min cycle between. Very easy to do our own wine tour at our own pace and without the business as the trams dropped large groups off. Site had a very chilled vibe. Met lovely people. Would highly recommend.

              Jaysen Pitot
              26 December 2021

              We loved the rustic countryside feeling we got when we arrived, amazing to see how they used up cycled building materials in the communal area, really inspiring to if you have simimar interest. The pool was super cold but was nice enough to get the feet wet and chill under the lovely trees. The lodge shows many signs of history and definitely makes you feel close to nature. The water pressure did come and go, and there was a couple of power cuts, but for the most part it was a very comfortable stay.

              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

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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