Relaxation and Activities

chilling-cdebruynDisconnect 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.

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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

Also:

  • Hiking and walking
  • Indigenous Flora and Fauna
  • Medicinal plants
  • Annual wild flowers displays
  • Rock Art site visitssunset-bike-ride
  • Birding, the elusive cinnamon breasted warbler.
  • 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

 

 

 

 

 


What our guests and the press say…

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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 Cederberg
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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