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“Excellent escape ”
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“Excellent escape ”
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for a peaceful escape from the ratrace and the madness that comes with modern life, Oudrif is the perfect place. No cell phones to interrupt the songs of wild birds. No tv to dull the brightness of the stars. Your hosts Jeanine and Bill will make you feel right at home. The food is excellent, plentiful and freshly prepared. Even though it is mostly vegetarian, meat lovers are not forgotten and well catered for. Can recommend Oudrif for a perfect getaway.

Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

No internet, cell phone or TV - just peace and relaxation in a delightful setting near the river with delicious food, superb hosts and very comfortable accommodation. What more do you need? - oh yes, a couple of dogs to accompany you on your walks to the rock art or in your boat - wonderful!

Stayed December 2016, travelled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

My husband booked us into Oudrif last week for a stunning 4 night stay. It is a remote ecolodge with well appointed strawbale cottages and excellently clean amenities. My bug fetish was not realised here! There was also no internet or cellphone reception which was a wonderful change for us and, we realised afterwards, quite needed. Bill and Jeanine are excellent hosts and cooks (both extremely knowledgeable about a wide range of their passions), and over our 5 days we met some interesting people passing through the lodge. We loved the walks with Bill and the dogs in the mornings, followed by a chilled day either sleeping, reading books or swimming in the river with a row in a canoe thrown in too. Very little to do which was absolutely perfect for us. And the food was marvellous - good home-cooked delicious vegetarian food, with meat served with the evening meal.
I could not ask for a more ideal "get-away-from-it-all" holiday!

  • Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town, South Africa
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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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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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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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Additional Information about Oudrif

Property: Oudrif
Address: Doring River, Northern Foothills of the Cederberg | near Clanwilliam, Cederberg, 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 #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Cederberg
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Heavenly Eco- Friendly straw bale cottages on the banks of the Doring River. A place to relax and unwind, stargaze and rinse the stress of the city in the pristine Doring River. In the Cedarberg, on the banks of the Doring River, Oudrif provides accommodation in stylish straw bale cottages, for people who relish peace and quiet and being close to nature. The pristine river provides ample opportunity for paddling, swimming, fishing and sun bathing on secluded beaches Every winter, the area has played host to the largest wild flower display in the world. Oudrif is situated on the unspoilt Doring River at the foothills of the Cedarberg in a transition zone between the Cedarberg, Karoo and Nama regions. This unique location has resulted in Oudrif being home to a stunning variety of fauna and flora, as well as a rich heritage of San rock art, Stone Age artefacts and fossils whose origins date back millions of years. Accommodation Oudrif provides accommodation in stylish straw bale cottages. The cottages are constructed using environmentally sound principles, including the use of timber from invasive trees, pre-used fittings and solar power for lights. In keeping with the overwhelming sense of peace at Oudrif, it was decided that if the experience was to be shared with others, preservation of the heritage of the area was imperative. Therefore accommodation on the farm is limited to a maximum of 10 people at any one time. This not only ensures the serene contentment visitors deserve, but also limits the impact that people have on the sensitive environment. Dining Cafe style, fusion food and drinks are served in the boma or dining area, all contained in an area that has been kept as natural as possible. All in all, a good time is guaranteed. Oudrif caters for special dietary requirements. ... more   less 

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