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“Beautiful and tranquil place”
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Reviewed 27 March 2016

Miles from anywhere, no electricity or telephone signal... a real break fro the modern world. So beautiful in the middle of this arid region, By the river, where swimming and boating is gorgeous.
Jeanine and Bill were wonderful and so were the cats and dogs! Taking us for great walks and then giving us lovely food and drink.
Overall I place we definitely try to return to.

Room Tip: All 5 rooms are individual chalets and they are all lovely
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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jenny W
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

I shall echo what others have said - a special place run by special people. If you want tranquility, beauty, nourishment in mind and body, look no further. Bill and Jeanine have created something wonderful and unique. We loved our cabin, the spectacular views, the absolutely delicious food eaten communally, the guided trips to see rock art and learn about the Khoi San people, swimming and canoeing in the river and lounging in hammocks. Being adopted by one of the dogs and hiking with Jeanine and the full menagerie (including the cat!) was a delight. They also have a fabulous library and are really knowledgable on all sorts of subjects so lots of great conversations.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

As always, staying with Bill and Jeanine Mitchell this long weekend was like staying with family members. Both our hosts are smart, well-informed, energetic people who have much more to share than accommodation!

The food for a party of seven friends was quite simply delicious, catering efficiently and without fuss for the fact that three of the party were on carbohydrate-free diets.

My partner and I have shared the same room three times - it has a glorious view of river and veld, and every convenience you could want in a cottage in the bundu: electric light, hot water, shampoo, soap, insect repellent, towels, chairs and - very importantly - a fan directed onto the bed.

And ... your stay will be a real break with no wifi or cellphone reception. Oudrif is a piece of heaven, set in a land which time has largely forgotten.

A special place, run by special people. If you want to relax, unwind and enjoy good conversation, this is the place to go.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

We arrived late on the Friday evening, the hosts actually took the time to come and looked for us, they were amazing. The chalets were beautiful and clean, the food was great. Bill & Janine are both vegetarians, but it was not a problem to them to prepare meat for there guests. We loved every minute of our stay, they even took us out on a drive to go and see all the different flowers as well as the bushman paintings. Although there was no TV or electricity, we were not inconvenient at all, it was bliss, thank you Bill and Janine.

Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
1  Thank Henrygomes
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Reviewed 11 August 2015

This is a special place run by special people. Far off the beaten track and yet not too far! The cabins are comfortable and kept spotless, the food is outstanding. In 3 nights there we had 21 different delicious side dishes to accompany our braai. Our hosts Bill and Jeanine were wonderful.
It really can't bet better than this

Room Tip: They're all good!
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  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with friends
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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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