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.

The rooms are non-smoking; smokers are welcome to smoke outside only.


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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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