"The River Lodge on an Island in the Blyde River"
Otters Den Lodge

Otters Den is an exclusive hideaway on a forested island in the Blyde River near Hoedspruit.


As from 1 September 2010, Otters Den will be an exclusive
accommodation facility for our hot air ballooning guests.

Existing bookings will be honoured, but we regret that no
further accommodation bookings can be accepted.

We wish to assure our thousands of faithful guests that we took this drastic step with heavy hearts. We shall maintain this website since we (or future management) may well open the Otters Den doors again one day. Until further notice the Otters Den staff will devote their attention entirely to our rapidly growing Hot Air Balloon Service.
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One reaches the camp by crossing the Blyde River by suspension bridge, symbolizing your escape into wilderness.

The camp is designed to accommodate a group of up to ten guests comfortably in five chalets. The chalets are combination stone/thatch/canvas structures with timber decks on stilts, overlooking the river. The central lodge area is where the meals are served and it has a dining room, timber deck, bar, braai, TV lounge and plunge pool.

The island is 50ha of forest, veld and wetland and has 2km of river front on the main channel of the river.

An experienced field guide is available to take you hiking through indigenous forest and woodland. There are 111 tree species and the list is growing. The bird list tops 220 species, including Fish Eagle, Narina Trogon, African Finfoot and Purplecrested Touraco. Small game like otter, serval, genet, civet, bush pigs, bush babies and small antelope can be spotted if you are patient and observant. Hippo and crocodile are often seen under the bridge.

The meals are sumptuous. Due consideration is given to guests with special dietary requirements.  Much use is made of home grown fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Mosquitoes are seldom a problem and in summer, your ceiling fan can be turned on for a cool night's sleep. Mosquito nets are provided but are seldom needed.

Though many other activities and excursions are available in the area, our own speciality is hot air ballooning We are happy to offer advice on the best activities as indicated by season, weather and your own interests.