Directions to Otters Den

From Gauteng: Witbank Highway, after Witbank turn left to Belfast, then Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Ohrigstad (R36) and go towards Hoedspruit. 72km after Ohrigstad, or 15km before Hoedspruit (R527). turn right towards Orpen (R531), continue 400m and turn right into Otters Den Entrance.

From Nelspruit: Follow the R40 through White River, Hazyview, Bushbuckridge and pass Acornhoek. The R40 becomes the R531 (do not turn off towards Hoedspruit). 29km after the Hoedspruit turnoff, Otters Den is on the left.

From Hoedspruit: Take the R527 towards Lydenburg, but only 16km out of Town, turn left on the R531 towards Orpen.  Continue 400m and turn right into Otters Den entrance.  Take care, there is a turnoff 10km out of Town too, also marked Orpen.  Skip this one.


Once you've turned into the Otters Den entrance (note: we share an entrance with Zuleika Country House), please follow the wooden signposts to the parking spot.  From there, please follow the footpath to the bridge and cross the river to reach the lodge.
It is important to arrive before 6pm please. The local hippos leave the river then and might meet you on the footpath. If you are unavoidably delayed and you anticipate arriving after 6pm, please contact us so that we can make arrangements for your safety.

Otters Den route map