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 CederbergFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 10:15pm
Although the veld around us has been ravaged by the drought, on the river we are lucky to have a wonderful swimming spot and secure and sustainable water supply to meet our daily needs.
"Oudrif is located on the banks of the Doring River adjacent to a large pool that is constantly recharged with groundwater from faults within the sandstone geology that were caused during the structural deformation of the Cape Fold Belt of which the Cederberg Mountains are part of. Reportedly, the pool almost emptied during a drought in the 1960's when large volumes of water were being abstracted to irrigate lucerne fields located on the adjacent flood plain. Today our water use is limited to meeting our frugal domestic requirements, of which much is returned to the groundwater source following biological treatment and final filtering within the natural sandstone formations to replenish the spring source"
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 10:02pm
Relax in nature, refresh in the clean river and enjoy the peace and quiet.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergFriday, January 5th, 2018 at 7:27pm
Night skies at Oudrif, clear, unpolluted skies are perfect for stargazing. Thank you Johan Smith for the gorgeous pictures
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergSunday, December 31st, 2017 at 9:08pm
One way to end 2017! Jumping into the cool, clear and clean Doring River and wash away all the stresses of the year. This morning's activity. Wishing you all a fabulous start to 2018
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, December 28th, 2017 at 8:43pm
Egbert van der Zee's view on climate change while visiting South Africa and Oudrif
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergWednesday, December 27th, 2017 at 9:03pm
Relax in nature, refresh in the clean river and appreciate the peace and quiet. Cool off at Oudrif in the River and enjoy good food and the night sky.
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