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.
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.
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 ! …
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....)
We spent 4 nights at Oudrif on our annual July/August pilgrimage and as always - it was perfect! There is no substitute for the peace and quiet, the comfort, the food and the great company. It is a highlight for us every year when we go and as you turn off at the white rock - you can just breathe and relax. Jeanine and Bill have created something really special - long may it last!!!