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 CederbergThursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 1:54am
After the rains come the greens, then with more rain and a bit of sun we get flowers xxx
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, June 15th, 2017 at 3:49am
Greatful for the first rain and already the plants have started growing. Looking forward to more rain and a beautiful flower season
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, May 22nd, 2017 at 10:11pm
Escape and relax away from the crowds. Early winter romantic escape to Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg. Special offer from 23 May to 23 July 2017 for just R750 per person per night, all inclusive, you can relax and unwind in peace and quiet. This offer is valid for direct bookings for a minimum stay of two nights and not applicable to tour operators and travel agents
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, May 15th, 2017 at 1:24am
Wishing all the gorgeous mother's out the a beautiful day full of love, bliss and happiness xxx
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, May 1st, 2017 at 7:55pm
The morning smells of fresh rain and citrus, Bill is making marmalade :)
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergFriday, April 21st, 2017 at 8:52pm
Sundowner time at Oudrif after a day of relaxation, reading, sleeping, swimming and walking in the mountains. Compliments of Lauren Schoeman
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