Activities and Excursions at and around Meijer's Rust

You will find the night skies are an astronomers dream, the bird life is terrifically abundant and numerous walking trails will take you anywhere your sense of adventure leads you. 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. We invite you to join us for an experience you will not soon forget.

Thisgs to do at Meijer's Rust

Image of Meiringspoort from the end of a hiking trail on Meijer's Rust.

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.

Image of the main road up to the upper part of Meijer's Rust Guest Farm.

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.

Image of wildflowers at Meijer's Rust Guest Farm.

Plant Life

The Little Karoo has the second largest plant biome on the planet, only to be exceeded by the tropics. There are many types of fynbos and succulents making this area a plant lover's paradise. Its is where the geranium was originally discovered in the mid 1800's and taken to London's Kew Gardens for domestication. We recommend that you buy a copy of the book “Fields Guide to Fynbos” by John Manning as it will help you identify the plants you discover.

Meiringspoort

Soaring cliff walls with spectacular rock formations line the 25km tarred road which winds along the floor of the gorge. This link between the Klein Karoo to the Great Karoo crosses the Groot River 25 times, and passes through four recognizable veldt types.

The Great Waterfall

The Great Waterfall is a must see for all visitors as you take a walk up the hillside to the well hidden ravine, once visited by the then Prince of Wales in 1925. The water drops roughly 60m into a deep pool that as legend has it, a mermaid resides here, but even if you miss her you can still enjoy the beauty of this magical location.

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 CJ Langenhoven's, (the famous writer and attorney) favorite place to relax and write his ever popular books. The name Herrie was chiseled 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 still included in today's). He wrote of Meiringspoort, “In each bend you will find a drift and at each drift a bend.”

Events

Each year athletes of all kinds join in the Meiringspoort Challenge. We are honored to have a section of the course on our farm and to be able to share in this commitment to healthy bodies. We also enjoy hosting competitors and spectators alike during the annual Karoo to Coast.

Excursions from Meijer's Rust

De Rust

The quaint Victorian village of De Rust at the southern entrance to Meiringspoort offers a haven to artists. Among art galleries one will find fun dining and shopping. The annual Eco-Festival offers visitors a look at the magnificent flora, fauna and astronomy of the region. Additionally the anual De Rust County Market offers art, food, and crafts.

Image of an ostrich squawking.

Oudtshoorn

The ostrich capital of South Africa is located 35km east of De Rust. Oudtshoorn offers a variety of tourist attractions from the CP Nel Museum which offers a look into the cultural history of the region, the historic home of CJ Langenhoven which now a museum, and the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Conservation Center exhibiting over 90 species of animals. Each year the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival also draws numerous visitors during the month of April.

Image of a formation within the Cango Caves.

Cango Caves

The Cango Caves lie 30km outside Oudtshoorn. It is one of the largest cave systems in Africa and contains some of the largest stalagmite formations in the world, created during Precambrian times. The caves are recognized as one of South Africa's greatest natural tourist attractions.

Image of one of the houses along the charming main street in Prince Albert.

Prince Albert

The charming village of Prince Albert lays at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains in the Groot Karoo, 76 km from Meijer's Rust. It is ringed by beautiful vineyards, orchards, and olive farms. The town was founded in 1762 and offers a stunning example of the Cape Dutch style architecture of the time.

Image from the road along the Swartberg Circle Route.

Swartberg Circle Route

The Swartberg Circle Route includes not only Meiringspoort but also the Swartberg Pass, which is regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the world and is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.

Image of the Kamanassie Mountian and river.

Kamanassie Nature Reserve

The reserve lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains and is known for its small isolated mountain that rises abruptly from the surrounding plain. A small herd of endangered Cape Mountain Zebras call this their home as well as an endangered butterfly known as the Kammanassie Blue.

Image of a vinyard along Route 62 with mountains in the background.

Wine Tasting

The Klein Karoo Wine Route is renowned for its extremes in soils and climates. Despite the minimal rainfall for the area, viticulture thrives in the riverines sites, kloofs and valleys of the spectacularly rugged mountains. The various micro climates enable Klein Karoo winemakers to produce a wide variety of quality wines and pot-stilled brandies. Among the host of outstanding red and white wines produced here, there are also world class Ports and South Africa's champion Muscadel are the specialties among the fortified wines produced here.

Image of a very famous drinking establishment along Route 62.

Route 62

Route 62 is modeled after the iconic US Route 66. Travelers headed for the Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a more scenic alternative to the N2 between George and Cape Town.

Image from the pass as the road drops into George.

George

Only 84 km away, George is the closest international airport. It is situated on the beautiful coastal Garden Route and is known for its golf courses and fine dining.

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