We stayed for 3 nights and regretted, that we had not booked a longer stay at Oudrif.
NO cellphone reception, NO internet, NO TV!
Therefor lots of unspoilt nature, peace and tranquility.
Wonderfully decorated, clean and comfortable little houses with all amenities one needs (books, magazines, hot water, homemade soaps and body lotion), beautyful views into the valley. Ample of distance to your neighbours.
Excellent (mostly vegetarian) food, with lots of choices, best homemade bread I have ever tasted.
Guests join each other for their meals at one large table (can be a PRO or CON, depending ...)
Superb hosts Jeanine and Bill, who take you on a morning walk to rock art paintings.
A small river, where you can take a swim or explore it by boat.
A couple of very friendly dogs accompany you on your excursions.
The only thing we missed a little bit, there could have been a few more deckchairs or hammocks on the lawn by the river. (only 2 hammocks there, which are soon occupied) but this is only a minor point...
Overall a fantastic experience and excellent value. We will be back!
- 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