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 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 Cederberg
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 Cederberg
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 Cederberg
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 Cederberg
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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