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Reviewed 5 October 2016

We spent 39 blissful hours off the grid at Oudrif. Barefoot luxury, great food, enough to do if you want to hike, bike, explore and discover; abundant solitude if you need to recharge your batteries. An easy, scenic drive from Clanwilliam, well described (to the last rock) on their emailed "Directions" sheet. Entertaining dinner-time conversation and lots of laughter! Planning our third visit ...

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Oudrif is a tiny, beautiful ecolodge in the Cedarberg mountains. My husband and I just returned from a weekend there and are so pleased we went. One of the things that impressed us so much about our delightful hosts is how they "walk the talk". Both are passionate conservationists with a deep commitment and caring for animals and the environment. Their beautiful lodge is therefore extremely eco friendly in design. In addition they are vegetarians who eat nothing with a face, and Jeanine, despite her extremely busy life, leads an organisation called Claws which works in impoverished communities sterilising pets and educating the locals about pets. Bill is very knowledgeable about the local plants and the geology of the area as well as the bushman art on the property, and he took us on a wonderful informative walk during which we learnt so much of interest. In addition they are down to earth, lots of fun to spend time with and they cook beautifully. We adored the food. Lots of delicious vegetarian dishes, but they also cook meat each night for the carnivores.

The chalets themselves are a delight. Each has a beautiful view and is original in design and layout. The beds were comfortable, and the showers were excellent. We were also impressed by how spotlessly clean they were.

Oudrif is a wonderful place, with delightful hosts. Go if you can. I would recommend more than two nights: it takes at least a day to stop fretting about the children (as it is off the grid there is no cell phone or internet connection) and to overcome the strong need to offer to help out in the kitchen (they won't let you). Also, bear in mind your own weather preferences. We went in spring which was wonderfully cool and green. In summer the temperatures go to over 40 in the day and barely drop over night so if you don't like the heat don't go in summer!

We had a lovely time at Oudrif. Go. You won't regret it.

Room Tip: All the rooms have lovely views and are well spaced for privacy.
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

I agree with other posts that this lodge has much appeal for those seeking an isolated and secluded location, and who enjoy close interaction with the hosts and other guests as is necessary at Oudrif. The lodge is rather remote and quite far from the attractions of the area, but one cannot fault it for its location. I however do feel that there are options offering a better overall experience for a first time visitor to this area who wishes to take in the sights of the Cederberg and the Clanwilliam surrounds. Although the hosts are great raconteurs and provide lively conversation at the dining table, this is where their engagement ended. We did not get any advice about hikes or trails from the camp, or suggested routes and activities on offer. Also heed the advice to download their map off the internet as there are no road signs. When arriving at the huts, it is not clear where reception is, so be prepared to walk from one to the other until you find the central dining hut which acts as the check in centre.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Wonderfully relaxing, great food (homemade bread and lots of veg.) attentive hosts. Very well maintained property. Better than expected. Rock art and baboons to boot. I didn't want to leave. We'll be back!

Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2016

We spent three nights at Ou Drif at the end of March. It is impossible to describe this place - it was just perfect. Bill and Jeanine were impressively knowledgeable about the land and archaeology not only immediately around the settlement, but also across the wider region. The chalet we stayed in was beautifully constructed, spotlessly clean and appointed; the smallest detail seemed to have been considered. The communal lounge and dining area was always welcoming, and the food was exceptional - so tasty, such beautiful ingredients, so fresh, and so varied. And all cooked on an open fire, even the wonderful bread. The walks to see rock paintings each morning were beyond description - so beautiful, so breathtaking, and so much to learn from Jeanine and Bill about things we not only knew nothing about but didn't even know could exist. And it was magic to have no phone or internet connectivity. If we didn't live thousands of miles away it would be tempting to ask if we could become a permanent fixture.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: Doring River, Northern Foothills of the Cederberg | near Clanwilliam, Cederberg 8135, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cederberg
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Cederberg
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 ... more   less 

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