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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What our guests and the press say…

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Oudrif opened it's doors to guests 20 years ago today, a dream to show people it was possible to be comfortable while having minimal impact on the environment. The lodge was built with no heavy machinery brought on site, sites leveled by hand, locally sourced supplies, fittings from demolished buildings, wood self cut from local alien trees cleared near by and solar powered. Completely disconnected from the grid. 20 years ago this was a adventurous project to start, now it is still a place where guest visit to realx and unwind in nature. Thank you to you all that have visited Oudrif for your support. We look forward to seeing you soon ... See MoreSee Less

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Peace and quiet awaits, a digital detox, no wifi, no mobile phone reception only nature. A real treat in the rushed life of today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kukumakranka flowering at Oudrif. It only flowers for a couple of days. Gethyllis is a very rare bulb plant endemic to South Africa and some parts of Namibia, with the highest concentration of them found bordering Western and Northern Cape provincial regions in South Africa. Gethyllis is the only bulb in the world to produce a delicious fruit from below ground, and is the only bulb flower to be active in three different seasons. Waiting for fruits in May for infusing gin :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Its has been a while since we have seen one of these beauties. One of the small 5 at Oudrif the Antlion named for the predatory nature of the larva which trap ants and other small insects in pits dug into the ground. This picture is of an adult antlion- we usually see the smaller variety at night around lights, this one is not common here. ... See MoreSee Less

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Oudrif chilllie harvest, lots of fresh homegrown organic chillies and limes ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful Caterpillar of Death's-head Hawk-moth. Acherontia atropos, eating my basil plants. The caterpillars come in three colors—bright yellow, bright green, or a mottled brown—and have a tail horn that changes color and curves as the larvae mature. They feed on more than 100 plants, including nightshade, and grow up to 5 inches long. The adults emit a squeak when alarmed, made by expelling air through its proboscis (tongue), which has a structure that vibrates like the reed of a wind instrument ... See MoreSee Less

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When it's hot the cool, clean Doring river and a big chill awaits you at Oudrif ... See MoreSee Less

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