Straw Bale Cottages

Oudrif-077In keeping with the sense of peace and solitude at Oudrif, it was decided that we limit accommodation to a maximum of 10 guests at one time. This ensures peace and tranquillity and also limits the impact that people have on the sensitive environment.

Each cottage sleeps two guests. They are equipped with one or two beds, an en-suit shower and toilet, a sitting area and a veranda. There are fans for summer and gas heaters in winter.

The 200 year old building method of plastered straw bales as building blocks was used.

Greenhause Architects in Cape Town were closely involved in this project, which is one of the first of its kind in South Africa, and the results have been far beyond expectations! The cottages provide comfort, shelter and greater insulation by utilising the conditions to the utmost by way of their unique orientation and design. Power for lights and water is gathered from the abundant sunshine which is collected by way of solar panels, and water comes from the perennial river.

Fresh Café Style food and local drinks are served in the boma or dining room, all contained in an area that has been kept as natural as possible. All in all, a good time is guaranteed.


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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 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 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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