De Rust

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De Rust
De Rust Dutch Reformed Church
De Rust Dutch Reformed Church
De Rust is located in Western Cape
De Rust
De Rust
De Rust is located in South Africa
De Rust
De Rust
Coordinates: 33°28′S 22°31′E / 33.467°S 22.517°E / -33.467; 22.517Coordinates: 33°28′S 22°31′E / 33.467°S 22.517°E / -33.467; 22.517
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
DistrictGarden Route
 • Total17.63 km2 (6.81 sq mi)
 • Total3,566
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African2.5%
 • Coloured87.4%
 • Indian/Asian0.5%
 • White8.9%
 • Other0.8%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans93.6%
 • English4.1%
 • Other2.3%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code044

De Rust is a small village at the gateway to the Klein Karoo, South Africa.


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 Meiringspoort pass. Meiringspoort is a gateway that connects the Klein Karoo (little Karoo) and the (great) Karoo through a gorge with a 25 km road crossing the same river 25 times in the span of the 25 km.[2][3]


This area is also well known for ostrich farming and most of the farmers in the area either farm exclusively with ostriches or as a sideline to their existing farming.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place De Rust". Census 2011.
  2. ^ G. Ross: Romance of Cape Mountain Passes. New Africa Books. 2004. ISBN 0864866631, 9780864866639. p.89.
  3. ^ Meiringspoort Pass