Heritage

P1276933A twisting gorge with ancient rock pools and water-worn boulders purveys the banks of the Doring River, which runs through the valley, here the Bushmen painters left evidence of their lives thousands of years ago; lived in harmony with the environment and enjoyed the unspoilt surroundings in Peace. The paintings, pieces of pottery and ostrich shell beads are among the few remnants of their rich heritage.

These paintings make up the largest open air art galleries in the world, the san rock art dates up to approximately 4000 years old. We have restricted access to exceptional rock art sites on neighbouring farms, some of national importance, and many more can be explored further afield. We do guided walks and drives to rock art sites that will suit any level of enthusiasm. G15_1137

This wide river valley was sculpted by the Great Karoo River millions of years ago, remnants of it seen is the vegetation and diamonds deposited on the West Coast. Across the Central Building (Boma) if you look carefully you can make out the Ou-drif (river crossing) used in colonial times as the “drif” or ford, which was crossed on the trek tothe town. Settlers paused here, leaving a few remains in the form of foundations of old ovens and shards of blue porcelain. Where the day-at-the-river-004Doring River valley had offered water, hunting and fishing grounds to the original inhabitants of this site, it now provided an opportunity for the settlers to wrestle a meagre living. Goats, sheep, wheat, potatoes and fodder crops were raised in the delicate environment situated between the Swartland wheat lands and the arid Karoo veld. Eventually however, the high summer temperatures and the remoteness of the valley made viable farming difficult to maintain. From about sixty years ago Oudrif farm was used largely for grazing with no permanent residents until it was revitalised as a unique experience in guest accommodation in 2000.


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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 CederbergFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 10:15pm
Although the veld around us has been ravaged by the drought, on the river we are lucky to have a wonderful swimming spot and secure and sustainable water supply to meet our daily needs.
"Oudrif is located on the banks of the Doring River adjacent to a large pool that is constantly recharged with groundwater from faults within the sandstone geology that were caused during the structural deformation of the Cape Fold Belt of which the Cederberg Mountains are part of. Reportedly, the pool almost emptied during a drought in the 1960's when large volumes of water were being abstracted to irrigate lucerne fields located on the adjacent flood plain. Today our water use is limited to meeting our frugal domestic requirements, of which much is returned to the groundwater source following biological treatment and final filtering within the natural sandstone formations to replenish the spring source"
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 10:02pm
Relax in nature, refresh in the clean river and enjoy the peace and quiet.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergFriday, January 5th, 2018 at 7:27pm
Night skies at Oudrif, clear, unpolluted skies are perfect for stargazing. Thank you Johan Smith for the gorgeous pictures
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergSunday, December 31st, 2017 at 9:08pm
One way to end 2017! Jumping into the cool, clear and clean Doring River and wash away all the stresses of the year. This morning's activity. Wishing you all a fabulous start to 2018
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, December 28th, 2017 at 8:43pm
Egbert van der Zee's view on climate change while visiting South Africa and Oudrif
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergWednesday, December 27th, 2017 at 9:03pm
Relax in nature, refresh in the clean river and appreciate the peace and quiet. Cool off at Oudrif in the River and enjoy good food and the night sky.
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