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 CederbergMonday, July 31st, 2017 at 8:52pm
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. Please visit our website for more information www.oudrif.co.za
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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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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, July 20th, 2017 at 11:59pm
SPECIAL for JULY 2017. Escape to Oudrif for a much deserved break. Relax and unwind on the banks of the Doring River. SPECIAL RATES R750 per person per night, all inclusive until weekend of 29 July.
Unique comfortable straw bale cottages and great meals provided. You can take it easy, chilling on the deck, rock jump around rock pools, smell the flowers and feast on delicious meals.
The offer is valid for bookings of two or more nights and direct bookings only, not applicable to tour operators or travel agents.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, July 20th, 2017 at 11:51pm
Flowers may be late but they have started
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, July 11th, 2017 at 7:36pm
Winter days, new growth. Waiting for flowers and more water in the river.
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
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