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In keeping with the overwhelming sense of peace and solitude at Oudrif, it was decided that if the experience was to be shared with others, preservation of the heritage of the area was imperative. The amount of accommodation made available is therefore 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.


The 200 year old building method of plastered straw bales as building blocks was used. This method of construction, now resurgent in the United States, is not only environmentally friendly, but also provides excellent insulation in both hot and cold weather thus reducing the need for conventional power. The bales and much of the timber were available locally and as such fit into the natural surroundings.


A group of architects in Cape Town were closely involved in this project, which is one of the first of its kind in South Africa, and the results have been far beyond expectations! The cottages provide more comfort and shelter than conventional houses, and greater insulation by utilising the conditions to the utmost by way of their unique orientation and design. Power for lights and hot water is gathered from the abundant sunshine which is collected by way of solar panels, and water comes from the perennial river.


Café Style Fusion food and local drinks are served in the boma or dining room, all contained in an area that has been kept as natural as possible. All in all, a good time is guaranteed.

For more information and details regarding the
contruction of straw bale houses go to:
Environmental Building News
Strawbale Construction Internet Links