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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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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