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 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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Peace and quiet awaits, a digital detox, no wifi, no mobile phone reception only nature. A real treat in the rushed life of today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kukumakranka flowering at Oudrif. It only flowers for a couple of days. Gethyllis is a very rare bulb plant endemic to South Africa and some parts of Namibia, with the highest concentration of them found bordering Western and Northern Cape provincial regions in South Africa. Gethyllis is the only bulb in the world to produce a delicious fruit from below ground, and is the only bulb flower to be active in three different seasons. Waiting for fruits in May for infusing gin :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Its has been a while since we have seen one of these beauties. One of the small 5 at Oudrif the Antlion named for the predatory nature of the larva which trap ants and other small insects in pits dug into the ground. This picture is of an adult antlion- we usually see the smaller variety at night around lights, this one is not common here. ... See MoreSee Less

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Oudrif chilllie harvest, lots of fresh homegrown organic chillies and limes ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful Caterpillar of Death's-head Hawk-moth. Acherontia atropos, eating my basil plants. The caterpillars come in three colors—bright yellow, bright green, or a mottled brown—and have a tail horn that changes color and curves as the larvae mature. They feed on more than 100 plants, including nightshade, and grow up to 5 inches long. The adults emit a squeak when alarmed, made by expelling air through its proboscis (tongue), which has a structure that vibrates like the reed of a wind instrument ... See MoreSee Less

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When it's hot the cool, clean Doring river and a big chill awaits you at Oudrif ... See MoreSee Less

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