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 CederbergMonday, October 2nd, 2017 at 8:27pm
Fresh meals are served with greens and herbs from the garden. Home grown salad, baby tomatoes, peppers, spring onions and herbs to name a few. Love good fresh food.
Recipe for today: Broccoli salad with olive and feta. Steamed broccoli, tossed in a dressing made with a handful of your favourite olives, a small clove of garlic, your favourite feta crumbled, olive oil, juice of half a lemon, some chilli, a hand full of fresh herbs, dill, apple mint, lemon thyme, chopped spring onions and topped with toasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 10:07pm
Guided walks along the Doring River Valley, see rock art, medicinal plants and interesting reptiles like this gorgeous rock agama.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergSunday, September 24th, 2017 at 9:17pm
Days are warm and the river is running and cool. Time to catch some colour and refresh in the cool clear clean Doring River before the full blown summer kicks in.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, July 31st, 2017 at 8:52pm
Need a much deserved break? Head to Oudrif where the sun shines and its warm and and peaceful. Escape, Retreat and Relax on the banks of the Doring River in splendid isolation,
Unique straw bale cottages with great meals provided. You can take it easy, chilling, sunbathing, swimming in rock pools, smelling the fynbos, reading a book, stargazing and feasting on delicious meals.
Just jump in your car with your clothes and your toothbrush, we provide the rest. Please visit our website for more information www.oudrif.co.za
Oudrif is an ideal escape from a busy life, Just relax.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, July 31st, 2017 at 7:51pm
Need a much deserved break? Head to Oudrif where the sun shines and its warm and colourful. Escape, Retreat and Relax on the banks of the Doring River.
Unique straw bale cottages with great meals provided. You can take it easy, chilling, sunbathing, swimming in rock pools, smelling the flowers, reading a book, stargazing and feasting on delicious meals.
Just jump in your car with your clothes and your toothbrush, we provide the rest.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, July 31st, 2017 at 7:16pm
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