De Rust

De Rust has now been discovered, so the secret of this charming village is out. The town was in fact voted South Africa’s favourite in 2011.

One of the major attractions of De Rust, a small village in the Klein Karoo, 35km from Oudtshoorn, is the stunning trip getting there. Whichever way you drive, the scenery is amazing. If you approach on the N12 from Oudtshoorn, you will travel through beautiful farmlands with a stunning mountain backdrop. The surrounding farms grow fruit, vegetable seed, grapes, dairy, sheep, ostrich and tobacco, and a few produce excellent dessert wines. If you approach from Prince Albert, you will have the privilege of driving through Meiringspoort, a magnificent cutting through the Swartberg Mountain range, that is the main transport link between Gauteng, the Great Karoo and the Garden Route, via Beaufort West. Stop at the picnic spots for a bite and soak up the surrounds, or take the hike up to the waterfall, with its 60 metre drop to a deep rock pool. The area’s exceptional plant life includes the well-known pelargonium zonale, that was first collected in Meiringspoort in 1689 by Hendrik Oldenland, and is said to be the ancestor of all geraniums in the world.

De Rust has now been discovered, so the secret of this charming village is out. The town was in fact voted South Africa’s favourite in 2011. The tree-lined streets are fringed by historic Cape vernacular and Victorian styled buildings, which now house all sorts of interesting shops, art galleries, farm stalls, restaurants and gift shops. There is an historical trail, so get the pamphlet from the Tourism Office if you wish to walk the route. 29 Schoeman Street: 044 241 2109. Donkey Cart rides in De RustThe Donkey Program has been helping to improve the lives of donkeys in the community. The renovated carts are now being used as a tourist attraction for trips around the village. All cart owners must be a member of the De Rust Donkey club. To take a trip around town in a Donkey cart, make arrangements with the Tourism Office. The charming vibe, the friendly people and surrounding landscapes have attracted the artist community and film makers alike. At least three full length South African films have been shot here as well as numerous TV features – the latest being a Survivor series for Swedish TV. Some wine estates have also made a name for themselves, most notably, Domein Doornkraal, where one can enjoy the fruits of their labour at the famous Padstal or perhaps take a horse ride into the Swartberg. The beautiful, tranquil scenery around De Rust is absolutely ideal for a wonderful MTB cycle in nature. Have a look at the routes. Take this Day Trip to or from De Rust – you will never forget it! Drive 182km through a most amazing variety of landscapes, via Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert, Meiringspoort and De Rust. There are so many photo opportunities, you could be overwhelmed! With perfect summers and gorgeous winter days, spring flowers, the best natural drinking water in South Africa and all the local produce, dessert wines and cheeses, it is no surprise that De Rust has become home to so many wanting to escape the city rush. De Rust is situated on the N12 150km south of Beaufort West and 35km east of Oudtshoorn.