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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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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