Meijer's Rust is a working farm offering a wide variety of accommodations within the heart of the stunning Meiringspoort, just outside the beautiful village of De Rust.
You are welcome to enjoy camping and hiking high in the Swartberg Mountains surrounded by fynbos and waterfalls. Try a farm stay in our historic stone house perfect for romantic getaways or perhaps merely savour the Karoo in one of our superb self-catering chalets.
We invite you to enjoy our varied activities. You will find night skies that are an astronomer’s dream, an abundant bird life and numerous walking trails taking you wherever your sense of adventure may lead. In addition to being an active farm where children can return to nature, we are also the perfect gateway to many of the other fantastic attractions located within the region.
* Hiking Trails:
Our hiking trails start in Meiringspoort and take you to the top of the Swartberg Mountain with 360º views that will take your breath away. They can lead to natural, ancient waterfalls, pools and rare San rock art.
* Mountain Bike Trails:
Mountain bike trails have an elevation level of 500m and are only recommended for the seriously fit. Check with us before you attempt these and we will provide you with the proper documentation and maps.
* Bird Life:
There are over 180 species of birds recorded on the farm. To make the most of your visit we can advise you on the best trails. Attached is a checklist that you can print to use to determine which birds you have seen.
We are located 3 km north of De Rust along the N12 Garden Route, only 27 minutes east of Oudtshoorn, 76km from Prince Albert and 84km from the national airport in George in the magnificent Western Cape of South Africa.
In Room Facilities:
We welcome you to stay at Meijer's Rust and experience our hospitality. We offer a variety of accommodations, from camping under the stars to luxury chalets. You can stay the night or take your time exploring this beautiful area.
Soaring cliff walls with spectacular rock formations line the 25 km tarred road which winds along the floor of the gorge, crossing the Groot River 25 times. Take a walk up to the impressive waterfall, well hidden in the deep ravine, and visited in 1925 by the then Prince of Wales. The water drops some 60m into a deep pool. Legend has it that a mermaid hides here, but even if you don't see her, you can still enjoy the beauty of this magical spot.
* Herrie Se Klip:
Herrie se Klip, which you will find in Meiringspoort, was declared a National Monument on August 3, 1971. This famous spot where the Herrie Stone can be seen was C J Langenhoven’s , (the well known writer and attorney) favourite place to relax and write his ever popular books. The name Herrie was chiselled by him as a monument to the imaginary elephant from his story “Herrie op die Tremspoor” (Harry on the Tram Line). Langenhoven wrote South Africa’s first National Anthem (part of which is included in the present anthem). His famous comment about Meiringspoort, is: "In each bend you will find a drift and at each drift a bend."
* Cango Caves:
The Cango Caves lie 30 kilometres outside Outshoorn. They contain some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world, set in Precambrian times. They are recognised as one of South Africa’s greatest tourist attractions.