De Rust - Introduction

24th March 2014

Early in the last century a young man from Worcester, near Cape Town in the Western Cape, Petrus Johannes Meiring (a grandson of Pastor Arnoldus Meiring who arrived from Lingen in Germany in 1743) rode into the Klein Karoo's Elephants River Valley.De Rust is located at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West. De Rust is also known for the Meandering Pass named Meiringspoort. He never stopped exploring and eventually discovered the route through the Swartberg Mountain Range, which in later years became the famous Meiringspoort.

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De Rust Garden Route Western Cape South Africa

Meiringspoort is a gateway that connects the Klein Karoo and the Karoo through a gorge with a 25 km road crossing the same river 25 times in the span of the 25 km.Long before the village was established, De Rust had already been a place to outspan and rest before challenging the route through the poort. In 1900 De Rust was established on a portion of Meiring's farm.


Meirings Poort De Rust Garden Route Western Cape South Africa

De Rust might be small but it is charming and has become something of a haven for artists and is famous for its dessert wines and cheeses.The town itself is peaceful and tree lined with excellent examples of late 19th century architecture. Our drinking water from a mountain spring puts expensive bottled water to shame..

Spectacular Geological rock formations De Rust  Garden Route Western Cape South Africa

The area is malaria-free, safe with a very low crime rate and we pride ourselves on a fantastic climate - beautiful sunny winter days with cool nights. Summers are perfect, hot and sunny.During holiday seasons thousands of tourists (local and international) admire the spectacular geological rock formations of Meiringspoort. The Meiringspoort half-marathon held in October each year also attracts people from all over the country to take part in the event.


Ostrich Farm De Rust Garden Route South Africa Meiringspoort not only has an incredible botanical diversity – the plant species are so rich in this area that it would rival similar sized areas in the world and there are some very rare examples of pelargoniums (geraniums) - but it also has hundreds of birds, safe hiking trails and an array of animals from tiny field mice to the Cape mountain leopard.

A visit to De Rust would be incomplete if it didn’t include a stop at Tolbos Trading where Ilse Pringle takes ordinary sheets of glass and turns them into enchanting bits and pieces.

Aloe plants De Rust  Garden Route Western Cape South Africa

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