Highlights of Oudrif Farm
- Oudrif is the ulitimate wilderness retreat
- Eco-friendly lodge made of unique straw bale construction
- Bushmen rock art and swimming in rock pools
- Delicious organic food served by Bill
- Oudrif Farm offers a superb variety of wild flowers in season
- White water rafting opportunities at Oudrif between June and September
Oudrif Farm, located on the banks of the Doring River, in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, is a real gem and one of our favourites in the area. Oudrif is about 50 km from Clanwilliam, three to four hours’ drive northwest of Cape Town. The greatest attraction of Oudrif has to be its complete isolation – it is literally in the middle of nowhere and offers complete relaxation to weary city slickers and adventurers alike.
Oudrif Farm has much to entice guests: delicate rock art sites amongst indigenous Fynbos, wild flowers in spring, mountain walking, star-gazing, birding, 300 million year old fossils and visits to nearby Rooibos tea farms. In between relax in this serene environment and enjoy delicious meals in the boma.
Oudrif’s unique location offers wild flowers from both the Nama and Karoo regions, which brings a diverse and brilliant wildflower display, particularly in spring. However the essence of Oudrif is the Doring River with swimming in the beautiful river water all year long, fly-fishing for bass and Clanwilliam yellow fish (on a catch and release basis), paddling on the river in inflatables and even white water rafting in season (winter and early spring depending on the river levels).
Looking out for the environment
This is a real eco-lodge. In keeping with the conservation philosophy of Oudrif, straw bale building blocks were used for all construction. This 200 year old building method is not only environmentally friendly, but also provides great comfort and shelter. The resulting five straw-bale chalets are absolutely delightful – stylish and spacious with a clean-cut organic look that is very refreshing. Power for lights is gathered from the abundant sunshine that is collected by way of solar panels and constant hot water is provided by gas. In summer the buildings are sheltered from the sun and thick walls provide good insulation to keep cool inside (however we recommend that you may only want to book in February if you are good at dealing with heat!)
Finally we must mention Bill’s delicious food, full of fresh organic ingredients all conjured up in his open plan kitchen and served on the outside terrace for most of the year. Oudrif Farm is highly recommended if you’re exploring the Cederberg & West Coast.