Rooms: 5: all twin/double with en-suite shower.

Prices: R1,000 - R1,500 pp sharing, including all meals and drinks.
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Meals: 3 meals a day and all drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks) included.

Directions: Enquire on booking.

Bill and Jeanine Mitchell
PO Box 409, Clanwilliam, Cederberg, Western Cape

Tel: (0)27-482-2397
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Fifty kilometres of fabulous sandstone formations, dams and flower-covered passes lead you deep into the Cederberg Mountains and eventually to Oudrif, the perfect hideaway-getaway on the banks of the clear, clean, cool Doring River. I was met by my hosts Bill and Jeanine, who provided me with iced tea, before escorting me to my environmentally-friendly lodge where walls and roofs are straw bales and power is solar and views spectacular. Bill and Jeanine met whilst Jeanine was working as a goatherd (absolutely true) and their shared passion for the environment is palpable. Together they’re a veritable encyclopaedia of life in the wild from eco building to bird rescues. Their half-wild pet cat Barry has sadly passed away, but he has left a legacy that started community projects to save the African wild cat species that Bill and Jeanine are hands-on involved in. My room was light-filled, with sofas to snooze on, but it was a hot day, so I donned my trunks and ran to the river for a dip. The boma is the meeting point, library and supper room and I was quickly introduced to the other guests. Oudrif holds ten at full capacity, with a rare atmosphere whereby guests know they are sharing a unique experience; evenings around the communal table can be very entertaining. After a laughter-filled evening, some wonderful, fresh and refreshing - in such a meat-dominated country - vegetarian cooking and too much home-made bread, I headed off to bed. Well, in fact… eschewing the comforts of a lovely king-size double bed, I actually decided to sleep outside under an amazing starlit sky. This is a truly special spot. Guided excursions also included.

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dining with a view of the Doring River
One of our dogs enjoying the view
Blending into the environment
Access to one of the finest rock paintings in the Cederberg
spectaculat flower displays
the cottages are surrounded by flowers from July
Guided Walks along the Doring River
One of the rock pools to swim in
No light pollution means great stargazing