De Rust

De Rust

This village lies at the southern entrance to Meiringspoort and is an area of exquisite beauty. The town was founded in 1900 on a portion of Meiring’s farm. Petrus Meiring explored the vast world of the Karoo and discovered the route through the Swartberg Mountain Range, which then became known as Meiringspoort. The town is also situated on Route 62.

Adventure And Sport

Four-by-four Trails: 4×4 enthusiasts often travel the trails that lead to historic and remarkable San rock paintings.

Meiringspoort Half Marathon: This marathon is held annually in October and attracts many visitors from around the country.

Stompdrift Dam: The dam is the region’s largest dam with an impressive perimeter of 25 km. Activities, such as boating, kayaking, skiing, swimming and bird-watching take place here.

Swartberg Circle Route: The route includes Meiringspoort and the Swartberg Pass, regarded as one of the most fabulous mountain passes in the world.


Wine-tasting: Various establishments offer wine-tasting and the town is renowned for its dessert wines.

Fauna And Flora

Birds: The region boasts many different species of birds, including black eagle, fish eagle, spoonbill and storks.

Flora: The botanical diversity of the Meiringspoort region is truly extraordinary. One of the most striking flowers that grow in the region is the wild geranium.

Fauna: Many species of animals, varying from small field mice to Cape mountain leopards, can be seen in the area.

History And Architecture

Historical Building Walking Trail: The trail includes visits to many of the town’s most important historical buildings and allows a glimpse into the history of the town.

Natural Wonders

Great Waterfall: Legends tell of stories that a mystical Meiringspoort mermaid lives in the cool waters of the waterfall.

Meiringspoort Gorge: The gorge is one of the most magnificent natural wonders of the area and covers some 20 km of the Swartberg Mountain Range.

Mountains: The geological formations of the mountains surrounding Meiringspoort form strange and convoluted shapes. Framed against the clear blue sky, they are magnificent to look at.

Red Hills: The red-coloured open caves in the hills on Rietvlei farm have been declared a Nature Heritage Site.

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