About Oudrif

Oudrif is a fully catered lodge situated on the banks of the Doring River in the Northern Cederberg, providing stylish accommodation in 5 individual straw bale cottages. Winter rains bring the largest outdoor flower display in the world; the pristine river provides opportunity for paddling, swimming, fishing and sun bathing on secluded beaches. The area whispers of our past from Stone Age tools to San rock art. Our rates include – all meals, local beer and wine; and soft drinks served in the central boma, we lead daily guided walks and excursions. You just need to jump in your car with your clothes and toothbrush, we provide everything else.

Early morning coffee and breakfast with freshly baked muffins, lunch fit for a River Queen and at night, a barbecue by moonlight at the boma, including, local wine, beer and soft drinks. Then, retreat to your unique straw bale cottage. Stylish and comfortable – from the crisp white linen and modern conveniences to eco-friendly solar power.
Relax on your private veranda: perfect for stargazing and, perhaps, soul searching. Visit us; relax in splendid isolation.

Oudrif awaits you.

 

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The idea of a remote getaway with accommodation for discerning guests who would appreciate the heritage of an untainted environment, germinated over a resplendent dinner table 16 years ago. This was very late in the evening.

Fortunately, it was one idea that did not vanish like mist in the morning. The talk continued on and off until the land was found at Oudrif – an area that Bill knew intimately as a river guide and Paddy had visited on rafting trips over a number of years. The isolation of the area was its main attraction and of course the perennial river provided the life-giving potential that had always been the pulse of this valley.
This isolation proved to have its own problems with setting up this project. Ronel was astounded when she was first introduced to the area. A “town person”, it was hard for her to see what could be done and how.

In many ways Ronel has been used as a yard-stick to ensure that what we are offering satisfies the home comforts of those who are not orientated towards the rigours of roughing it.

All in all, the project has taken four and a half years to complete. Many lessons have been learnt and much personal satisfaction has resulted from making the farm productive and by ensuring that we can share the abundant heritage of the area with like -minded guests for some time to come.

Oudrif is a member of Cape Town Tourism and Clanwilliam Tourism


 

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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg

Oudrif is a fully catered lodge situated on the banks of the Doring River at the Northern foothills of the Cederberg. Providing stylish accommodation in 5 individual straw bale cottages, for people who relish peace and quiet. Winter rains bring the largest outdoor flower display in the world; the pristine river provides opportunity for paddling, swimming, fishing and sun bathing on secluded beaches. The area whispers of our past from Stone Age tools to San rock art. Our rates include - all meals, beer, wine and soft drinks served in the central boma; daily guided walks and excursions. You just need to jump in your car with your clothes and toothbrush, we provide everything else. Our eco-friendly lodge accommodates a maximum of ten guests. We are solar powered so you can turn off all your devices and enjoy true peace and quiet. The straw bale cottages are environmentally friendly, providing excellent insulation in both hot and cold weather thus reducing the need for conventional power; there are fans for summer and gas heaters in winter.
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, December 13th, 2018 at 8:29pm
Our eco-friendly lodge accommodates a maximum of ten guests. We are solar powered - no load shedding. You can turn off all your devices and enjoy true peace and quiet. The straw bale cottages are environmentally friendly, providing excellent insulation in both hot and cold weather thus reducing the need for conventional power.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 8:16pm
For people who relish peace and quiet. The pristine river provides paddling, swimming, fishing and sun bathing on secluded beaches. The area whispers of our past from Stone Age tools to San rock art. You just need to jump in your car with your clothes and toothbrush, we provide everything else.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, December 10th, 2018 at 7:22pm
Breakaway from the rush and escape to Oudrif to enjoy uninterrupted peace, chill, read a book or swim in the river while you unwind in nature
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, November 26th, 2018 at 12:29am
Clean water and picturesque natural surroundings, the pools in the Doring River awaits to refresh you
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergWednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 9:05pm
Need to relax, unwind and rejuvinate before 2019? Visit Oudrif for absolute peace an quite, good food and a refreshing river to revive tired bodies and minds
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 3:22am
It's warming up, beautiful evenings, hot days, cool river, outside dining and absolute peace and quiet
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