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De Rust

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 shown within Western Cape
De Rust is located in South Africa
De Rust
De Rust
De Rust (South Africa)
De Rust is located in Africa
De Rust
De Rust
De Rust (Africa)
Coordinates: 33°28′S 22°31′E / 33.467°S 22.517°E / -33.467; 22.517
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Garden Route
Municipality Oudtshoorn
Established 1900
 • Total 17.63 km2 (6.81 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,566
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 2.5%
 • Coloured 87.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 8.9%
 • Other 0.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 93.6%
 • English 4.1%
 • Other 2.3%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 6651
PO box 6650
Area code 044

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