Relaxation and Activities

.facebook_1520677773740Disconnect from the modern world, and rediscover who you are. Oudrif is the ideal place to retreat to soothe the soul and be healed. Relax in the luxurious simplicity of the straw-bale, off grid accommodation and enjoy stylish organic meals. This is the way to be.

The annual winter explosion of wild flowers is one of nature’s true wonders that everyone should have on their bucket list. Situated in the Northern Cederberg; bordered by Namaqualand, Succulent Karoo and Mountain Renosterveld, the Nardouwsberg area has a rich diversity of flowering plants; fields of daisy’s, flowering succulents and endemic bulbs. Flowers start blooming in late July and depending on rain, can last into October. A drive through the flowers of the Nardouwsberg to Oudrif is rewarding for anyone. For the remainder of the year the shrubby bushes take on a stark, serene beauty of their own.

This property was “rediscovered” by adventurous white water enthusiasts. At times the river flows peacefully, providing long sandy banks where the peace and tranquillity are only disturbed by the sounds of the bird life at other times it becomes a raging torrent swollen by rains in the Cedarberg. The Doring River being one of the last major Rivers that have not been dammed, make it a unique experience.

River activities include:

  • Swimming and sunbathing on the secluded beaches of the river banks
  • Fly Fishing for Clanwilliam Yellow fish
    by way of catch and release (October to May)Didi-C-debruyn
  • Bass fishing throughout the year
  • Paddling on the river with ARK inflatables


  • Hiking and walking
  • Indigenous Flora and Fauna
  • Medicinal plants
  • Annual wild flowers displays
  • Rock Art site visits
  • Birding, the elusive cinnamon breasted warbler..facebook_1520677630030
  • Rooibos Tea farm visits – see how it’s done
  • Star gazing
  • Spot 4 of the Small 5 at Oudrif!

Other attractions in the area:

  • Explore the Cederberg Wilderness Area
  • 4×4 drives around Wupperthal
  • Mountain bike rides
  • Olifants River Wine Route
  • 100km to the West Coast Village of Lamberts Bay and its Cape Gannet colony 15000 breeding pairs IMG_0181


  • Hot Springs in Citrusdal
  • Bouldering at Rocklands
  • White water rafting on the Doring River with River Rafting companies.
  • Sevilla Rock Art Trail
  • Rooibos tea house offers tea tastings daily in Clanwilliam


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What our guests and the press say…

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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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