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Doring River, Northern Foothills of the Cederberg near Clanwilliam, Cederberg 8135 South Africa
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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
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Free parking
Lazy river
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Non-smoking hotel
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Family rooms
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Doring River, Northern Foothills of the Cederberg near Clanwilliam, Cederberg 8135 South Africa
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Melissa P wrote a review 19 May
9 contributions9 helpful votes
We loved our two nights at Ou Drif and only wish we could have stayed longer. But we know for sure that we will be visiting again. It is in a breathtakingly beautiful position and despite being so remote and being "off grid", all creature comforts are taken care of. The spacious cottages are stylishly decorated and blend perfectly into the landscape, and are spaced apart to ensure total privacy. The food is absolutely delicious and I'm sure that even a usual meat lover would be completely won over by the tasty vegetarian fare that is so beautifully presented. We looked forward to every meal. In advance of our stay my husband was slightly hesitant about the communal dining arrangement but in the end we loved spending time talking to our hosts Jeanine and Bill and the other interesting guests. We were also wondering if we meet find it difficult to adjust to the digital detox but in the end that was one of the highlights of our stay - so liberating to be off devices for the duration of our stay. just wish it had been for longer. We used our stand up paddle board on the river which was a real bonus and while I was supping my husband could doze in a hammock under the trees on the river bank. We had the benefit of a full moon, lunar eclipse and mini heatwave to add to our wonderful stay - so blessed. The guided walks with Jeanine to see the rock art in the nearby caves was also one of the highlights of our stay. She is a brilliant guide and her love for the area is contagious. The trip was a birthday gift to myself and I couldn't have asked for a better one.
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Date of stay: May 2022
Ilzedewet wrote a review Apr 2021
Cape Town, South Africa46 contributions14 helpful votes
We enjoyed a 2 night stay at Oudrif and loved everything about it. Its location is remote and it is completely off the grid with no cellphone signal, wifi or electricity. Exactly what we wanted! Bill and Jeanine and all their adorable furry children were excellent hosts. The food was delicious and even though they are vegetarian, they provide meat for the meat eaters, expertly braaied by Jeanine on the fire. We hiked with Bill to see the Bushman paintings and even though I found the hike a bit challenging, we can highly recommend this. It was very hot during the day, but a refreshing swim in the river was the perfect cure. The cottage we stayed in was beautiful and private and the straw bale building method ensured that it was not too hot and it was very comfortable.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Robert W B wrote a review Sep 2020
Caledon, South Africa109 contributions76 helpful votes
Just the sound of the river over the rocks, otherwise total silence in this blissfully tranquil place. Add the deliciously healthy, simple meals, Jeanine's passion for the environment and her knowledge of their environment, their menagerie of dogs and cats, this is just the most idyllic place to be. Bill and Jeanine are a great team and wonderful hosts.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: All 4 (or was it 5) Cottages have a view over the River. They are lovely.
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Accommodationinprovence.com wrote a review Jan 2020
Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, France466 contributions94 helpful votes
Once you get over the 30 odd kilometre rough road drive you are swept into a haven of peace , tranquility and relaxation in the hands of Bill & Janine who are excellent hosts. Bill also stepped into have my tyre repaired in Clanwilliam as I picked up a nail on route. The cottages are immaculate,comfortable and very well spaced between each other. The food is superb, so fresh , tasty and healthy. For meat eaters there is meat cooked on the brai each evening if you feel the need. All drinks are included with generous offerings including beer and wine. We loved our accompanied hike with Janine and then swimming in the river in the late afternoon sunshine. I actually enjoyed not looking at my phone or I pad. No contact with the outside world - bliss. If you are in a hire car that is not 4x4 beware of the occasional sandy bits of road - don’t stop if you can help it !
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled
Minds12345 wrote a review Dec 2019
6 contributions2 helpful votes
We just came back from our anniversary weekend at Oudrif. What a truely peaceful place. The cottages are simple and comfortable, with spaces to read or relax on the 'stoep'. Solar energy only. Interesting how that helps with unwinding. Exactly what my husband needed to relax!! Bill and Jeanine are the best. Content in themselves, they are wonderful hosts. We LOVED the food! It is such a treat to have all meals prepared FOR you. For me, THAT is rest!! They are vegetarians, but sneak in some meat for the guests. Everything is so simple and fresh! We went for a walk with Bill, who is very knowledgeable about the environment. Everybody deserves a weekend or more at Oudrif. We will be back!! (I have to mention the super cute dogs, especially Mafoeta, who was literally our shadow....)
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled
US$145 - US$163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaWestern CapeCederberg
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oudrif
What are some of the property amenities at Oudrif?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Oudrif?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Oudrif?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Oudrif have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.