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.




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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Beautiful soft soaking rain at Oudrif, the veld looks amazing and the kloof water fall is flowing well for the first time in 7 years. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Doring River started flowing past Oudrif on 20th June. Just a little bit of water coming by but a good start. The veld is getting greener and the young flowering plants have started to cover the ground. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are finally getting some good rain, looks promising for a flower season :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Before the rain comes we took a morning walk and found some small wonders. The vegetation awaits the refreshment to come. ... See MoreSee Less

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Oudrif awaits... get out in nature after lock-down, fresh air and wide open spaces, nature at its best and plenty of nautral isolation ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to Oudrif and Oudrif guests for supporting the Pet Sterilisation Project in Clanwilliam last week. We were able to sterilise 121 animals. Thank you ... See MoreSee Less

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Beauty to bring a smile...

During the very dry conditions and lack of rain the Brunsvigia (March lily) and river lilies are in bloom. Splashes of pink and white and their sweet fragrance floating in the air. The determination of the young flowers pushing through the dry earth with so much hope.
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Guests that have not been able to visit this month, Oudrif is thinking of you, even the dogs are waiting for guests to take them on a walk and maybe throw a ball. We are expecting rain tomorrow which will bring great relief to the fauna and flora. Keep safe, well and happy. See you soon ... See MoreSee Less

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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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