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 CederbergWednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 1:06am
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, April 12th, 2018 at 8:51pm
More lillies emerging from the earth, we have been lucky enough to have had 36.5 mm of rain so far this year. Almost more than the total for 2017. The veld is looking good
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, April 12th, 2018 at 8:48pm
Brunsvigia in bloom near Oudrif. A bit more rain last night and the air smells sweet and fresh
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, March 26th, 2018 at 8:54pm
Conophytums and river lilly's flowering at Oudrif. Beautiful lighting right on time for autumn.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergFriday, March 23rd, 2018 at 1:02am
A day at Oudrif, morning walks, good food, swimming in spring fed pools, relaxing on the bank of the Doring River and star gazing at night. A perfect recipe for Peace and Quiet.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergSaturday, March 17th, 2018 at 8:59pm
Love Limes!
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