De Rust

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29 Schoeman Street
6651 De Rust Western Cape
South Africa South Africa

De Rust

De Rust is a small village at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The town is situated between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West and a local hub for tourism.


For many visitors to this region, De Rust is known for its association with Meiringspoort pass. For the better informed it a sleepy Klein Karoo hideaway for those who favour enjoying quietude and prefer to holiday far from the maddening crowd. If this rings true and you know this little enclave you will understand why visitors to this region does not want the “the cat out of the bag”.

Part of the allure of the village must certainly be the its old colonial architecture, 100 year old homesteads that does more than just gracing the landscape.

 The town is small by all standards and one would suspect that this is how locals and visitors alike prefer it to be. Established in the year 1900, the population count conducted in 2011 remains stable and totals around 3,566 permanent residents.

When you drive through this beautiful valley you will see quite a bit of small-scale farming. Its close proximity to Oudtshoorn will guarantee that you will encounter ostrich as well as sheep and perhaps if just for a treat, some ducks gracing a local pond.

A trip to De Rust is a must for your bucket list. But do not wait too long, a cosy guesthouse and a spot of fishing awaits you.