couple-at-river-sept-2016 PEACE & NATURE: The ideal getaway close to Johannesburg. Look no further than our beautiful Otters' Den guest house at the riverside. Or maybe choose the Full Moon Bush Cabins for your group exclusively. Call now +27 82 475 8767 or email

HIKING TRAILS: Take a relaxed stroll in our fields and forest, or test yourself against the Dome Bergland. Lots of trails. Guide available.

CYCLING TRAILS: From easy to tough, from single track to gravel roads, come with kids, friends or your club. Bikes and guide for hire.


American style rafting on guided oar boatsĀ and paddle rafts

Bring the family and enjoy an exciting trip with a guide on board the raft with you. Run the river in expert hands, wield a paddle yourself, and show the kids how nature in the raw is fun! Ages 6 to 75. Bring granny too! Read all about us here.


Otters' Haunt and The Riverman are offering the wonderful 5-day ORANJE GORGE TRAIL between May and September. Don't miss this best and most exciting of all rafting safaris - Kalahari desert scenery, fun rapids, great hikes, fishing and relaxing. School holiday trips. Contact Graeme 084 245 2490 or Karen 082 475 8767 or Watch the video.

Easter and April holidays

Chill out in the warm autumn sun!

Otters’ Haunt, on the banks of the Vaal River, is the ideal holiday getaway for families and friends.

You can relax, read a book and listen to the birds. We cater for birdwatching groups and have a list of the species spotted so far – including rare types like the black-shouldered night heron. Fish eagles, many species of waterfowl and kingfishers throng the river and its banks.

Indulge yourself eating out in the nearby town of Parys. There are antique shops, good restaurants and coffee bars, artist’s studios and township tours.

Or tour the magnificent Vredefort Dome with our expert guides. Tours cover the geology of the meteorite blast that created the biggest and oldest visible impact crater on earth 2 billion years ago. We also offer battlefield tours, ecology and geography for schools, and research to order for visiting specialists.

Bring your dog – provided it’s not a savage beast – to our pet-friendly establishment. There’s room to run on our lawns and in the fields on our property.

Take a leisurely walk along the Vaal islands or hike in the spectacular Dome Bergland. We have access to numerous trails and we provide a trail briefing and map, as well as a well-informed nature guide if you want one.

There’s plenty to do – and not to do! Special rates for families and groups. Only just over an hour from Johannesburg and you are in a different world! Otters’ Haunt is an old-established rustic place with a variety of types of accommodation. We are old-style hosts who welcome you and show you around, tell you about the place and encourage you to enjoy surroundings.

Give Karen a call at 082 475 8767 or email

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