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De Rust in the Little Karoo


De Rust is a quaint little Victorian town at the gateway to the Klein Karoo in South Africa.

The town is 35 km from Oudtshoorn and is nestled between the Swartberg and Kammanassie Mountains but is more famous for the spectacular Meiringspoort Pass that starts 2 km outside the town. The Pass forms a gorge with a 25 km road crossing the same river 25 times. This natural cleft through the Swartberg Mountains is one of the most popular passes in South Africa and is a breath-taking experience.

De Rust, Town of the year 2011

The charming town of De Rust has over the past years become a haven for artists. Famous for its cheeses and wines, the town boasts perfect summer and warm winter days, which makes it a popular choice all year round. 

The late 19th century architecture, the tree-lined streets and fresh Karoo air is just what you need to recharge your batteries. Not to mention the amazing night skies and the glorious Milky way.

What to do in De Rust –

Pay a visit to Tolbos Trading where a young local artist turns ordinary glass into master pieces.

Spend time in the beautiful Meiringspoort Pass which boasts not only the magnificent cliffs but also a rich diversity of plant species. Look out for the rare geraniums, but don’t forget about the birds and small mammals.

The Meiringspoort Waterfall is one of the most popular attractions and is ideal for a family outing. Don’t forget your picnic basket and camera.

Visit the Natural Heritage site, Red Hills, on the Rietvlei Farm close to De Rust where the red-coloured open caves are the only place in the world where the enon conglomerate appears above the earth.

The donkey programme has been started to improve the lives of donkeys in the area. Take a trip around the town in one of the donkey carts.

If you are interested in history, you will find the history of the town extremely interesting and will enjoy the historical trail through the town. Stroll among the interesting shops, galleries and Victorian styled buildings.

Beautiful & Amazing De Rust

If you love fishing or water sports, the Stompdrift Dam is the place to go. The beautiful area is haven for outdoor lovers and for those who do not fish, book a trip on the Safari Ship.

Where to eat in De Rust –

  • Spekbos Restaurant is popular with the locals and offers good food and generous portions at reasonable prices. A relaxed setting and welcoming staff await you.
  • Ray’s Coffee Shop is an oasis with excellent food and coffee, boasts friendly staff and a good ambiance.
  • Rooi Donkie Restaurant serves pancakes, home baked goods, rooster koek and burgers.
  • Village Trading Post is a nursery coffee shop and serves breakfast, take aways like pies, sandwiches, jaffles and very good coffee.

Where to stay in De Rust –

Although quaint, this little gem will not disappoint with its variety of available accommodation. You might enjoy the luxury of the elegant guest houses or prefer the eco-resort or self-catering holiday homes or farm stays, or even cottages or guest farms.

Book your stay at: De Rust

Visit De Rust for an enjoyable time of rest, peace and quiet.  

Copy Right [ Ancabe van Zyl – Blog Writer ]

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