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.

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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 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

 


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 CederbergSaturday, August 18th, 2018 at 8:45pm
Flowers, Sunshine, Peace and Quiet. Escape and relax away from the crowds in Peace and Quiet while enjoying the kaleidoscope of colour with the veld in bloom this winter.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergFriday, July 27th, 2018 at 10:49pm
Oudrif in bloom, visit and enjoy the kaleidoscope of colour with the veld in bloom right now. With the rain next week the flowers will be amazing once again. Escape and relax away from the crowds in Peace and Quiet.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergThursday, July 5th, 2018 at 9:26pm
The sun is out and after the rain the veld is transforming. It is green and there are some flowers starting to pop up already. The river is running and the air is clear! What a great start to July.
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, June 18th, 2018 at 9:51pm
The Doring River is flowing and the veld is beautiful after the rains
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergTuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 5:57am
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Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat Cederberg
Oudrif Straw Bale Retreat CederbergMonday, May 7th, 2018 at 7:24pm
Waiting for rain, seeds are ready
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