Environmental Impact

Oudrif-102The cottages and boma were designed to blend into the landscape using straw bales construction for walls and roofing material. They provide great insulation and low visual impact. The building materials were all sourced locally; eucalyptus timber poles cut at a nearby site in an alien clearing program; local rock for paving and natural materials on the property were used to enhance the cottages. The doors, window frames and fittings were rehabilitated from demolished buildings, providing an interesting history themselves.

The building sites used were badly eroded; all levelled by hand and no heavy machinery was brought onto site. The buildings are north facing maximizing the use of the sun in winter to keep the buildings warm.

Solar power is used to light the buildings at night, for the fridges and to pump water from the river. We are totally independent of the municipal electricity and water grids; this reduces our demand on these resources and minimizes our carbon footprint.

The bathroom outlets are treated with micro-organisms in septic tank systems which feed into a French drain. We recycle all, glass, tin and plastic and the organic waste from the kitchen is composted which provides food for our organic garden where we grow in season salad and vegetables.

The area was once badly over-grazed by goats their lasting effect is being dealt with on an on-going basis. To combat the erosion we are removing and using the pioneer plants to stabilize the soil. These areas are then self-seeded with indigenous plants. The pioneer plants protect the seedlings from the harsh environment and trap water for them. Oudrif is busy with on-going efforts to rid the river banks of invasive alien trees, oleander, Port Jackson and Honey Mesquite, It is a long term project with lasting effects.

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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 CederbergSunday, November 12th, 2017 at 8:55pm
Peaceful location with good food, friendly dogs, great views and lots of water for swimming in the river. Visit Oudrif for a great relaxing treat. Thanks to Margaret and Carsten for the pictures
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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 Cederberg
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 Cederberg
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 Cederberg
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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