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“Fantastic stay in unspoilt nature”
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

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!

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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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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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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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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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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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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