De Rust, Western Cape, South Africa




De Rust is a Victorian village that is home to blueblood ostriches, golden vineyards, sundrenched orchards, spectacular displays of the rare pelargoniums from which geraniums emerged and excellent wines.

A stop at one of the wine tasting centres will allow you to experience the extraordinary taste of the wine made in the Little Karoo. For visitors seeking some adrenaline pumping activities and true adventure in the unspoiled area of De Rust there is 4x4 routes, cycling, angling, watersports, swimming, a game of tennis and walks in the veld to be enjoyed.

De Rust is close to Oudtshoorn and is the gateway to the scenic Meiringspoort Pass, which is well worth detouring for. Meiringspoort is an incredible passageway of towering red cliffs that pierce through the heart of the Swartberg Mountains. Some of the most primitive beetle species in the world can be found on the peaks of Meiringspoort.

Like many small towns, De Rust has attracted a sizeable community of artistic types and there are a number of attractive and innovative guest houses, craft shops and coffee shops in the area.

Enjoy good food and wine or scrumptious cake or scones at one of the local restaurants. Visitors can also enjoy the taste of Karoo lamb and sample local wine. The restaurants in De Rust have different menus to provide something for everyone's taste.

De Rust is situated on the N12 en route to the Garden Route and the R62 to Cape Town, and is flanked by the Swartberg Mountains. The nearest airport is about 100km away at George and Port Elizabeth is about 350km away.