From R275 per Unit

Otters Bend Lodge

From R275 per Unit



Otter's Bend Lodge, in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, is a unique backpackers', hikers' and travelers' lodge offering a self-catering or bed and breakfast base from which to explore the Western Cape Winelands and Franschhoek. It makes the ideal country getaway for city dwellers and travellers alike.

Otter's Bend Lodge is situated on a 'farm', in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, surrounded by wine and fruit farms. A foot track leads you off Dassenberg Road through paddock and pear orchard down to the Franschhoek River. You will find Otter's Bend Lodge nestled in amongst poplars, oaks and yellowwoods on the banks of a bend in the river - a nature lover's dream. Its tranquil rustic ambiance makes it hard to believe that it is only a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive to the centre of Franschhoek village.

The log cabin and communal living area will quickly absorb you into this "gem of a spot" where the whispering of the wind in the trees and the rush of the river, as it makes its way round the bend, tend to command a peaceful silence that is appreciated by all the Otter's visitors.

Although the Otter leaves the welcome to the humans and the domestic animals, he makes his presence felt in his tracks left on the sand and his pathways along the riverbank. In amongst the Orchards, with access to the communal area and pool, is the camping area. Camping is limited to three two-man tents.

A lovely, relaxing place with beautiful scenery & wonderful people.


Room Facilities

  • Disabled
  • Internet Access

On Site Facilities

  • Airport Transfers
  • Internet Terminal
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Self Catering

Local Facilities

  • Bar
  • Beauty
  • Biking
  • Entertainment
  • Fishing
  • Game Viewing
  • Golf Course
  • Hiking
  • Horse Riding
  • Shopping/Curios
  • Tours
  • Wine Route




  • Booking Reliability
  • Response Rate: 98%
  • Average Response Time: 9 hours
  • Cancellations after payment: 0%
  • This establishment does not have credit card facilities.

All credit cards are accepted when paying through Sleeping-OUT.

Sleeping-OUT's Guest Satisfaction Award. Based on reviews of establishments in Franschhoek, Otters Bend Lodge has been voted Best Establishment in Franschhoek for 2019Sleeping-OUT's Guest Satisfaction Award. Based on reviews of establishments in Franschhoek, Otters Bend Lodge has been voted Best Establishment in Franschhoek for 2017


Otters Bend lodge, Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Map Otters Bend Lodge in Franschhoek  Cape Winelands  Western Cape  South Africa

Guest Comments

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Lovely setting.

Beautiful and very private setting, very friendly,would always go back

This place is amazing the owners are amazing the guests you meet there in the communal braai /kitchen, what an experience. Thank you

Lovely but a little noisy!

This was my second stay at Otter's bend. Fantastic value for money. Thanks for the stay :)

Otters Bend offers adequate, clean, budget accommodation which makes it unique in Franschhoek. Cleverly situated amongst trees along side a small river, it is quiet and peaceful yet only 15 minutes walk from the center of town. An open plan communal cooking and eating area is great on warm days but can be rather drafty when it is cold and wet.

Had an absolutely wonderful stay at Otters Bend for Bastille day. Very picturesque and scenic setting. Perfect for a romantic getaway or casual stay with friends. Within walking distance of town as well.

A great place to sleep. It is basic but what else do you need. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

As a group of four adults we would not normally choose to stay in a backpacker lodge, but as we were going to a concert we felt we would not do justice to more expensive accommodation, and took our chances on staying at Otters Bend based on their affordable rates and the fact that it looked so nice on their web page. It far surpassed our expectations. It's beautiful and well maintained facilities together with the beautiful setting made us wish we were staying longer. The communal kitchen and entertainment area had us all thinking about what a great party we could have there. We will be back for a celebration!

Staff and management are real genuine people and sincere in their care of you.


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