The Little Karoo village of De Rust, lying in the crook of a bend in the road somewhere between the Feather Capital of Oudtshoorn and the fold mountains of Meiringspoort, was once a one-horse town.
In recent years, you’re more likely to find donkeys in De Rust, taking tourists for a ride around the village for R20 a throw. De Rust now wins ‘small town’ awards, sells its stately homes at a goodly price and welcomes all sorts of city runaways.
If you’re looking for artworks, De Rust is the kind of country village where painters and sculptors and purveyors of fine furniture gather and display their wares.
Travellers on weekend breaks from Cape Town like to come as far as De Rust. Others arriving from the hinterland on a trip to the Little Karoo make the village their first or last stop. As a result, all sorts of restaurants and accommodations have sprung up to cater for the flow of visitors.
And even though it’s so small, De Rust is a surprisingly convenient travel base. From here you can do all manner of day trips to places like Prince Albert, Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves, Klaarstroom and beyond.
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