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- Towering spectacular sandstone cliff walls and breathtaking rock formations of Meiringspoort lie on the N12 five hours east of Cape Town, between Beaufort West and Oudtshoorn the final product of geological processes that have taken place over more than 200 million years.
The poort follows the natural gorge hewn by the Groot Rivier (big river) through the Swartberg range connecting, on either end, the towns of Klaarstroom and De Rust.
Called Meiringspoort after the farmer, Petrus Johannes Meiring, from De Rust, was opened 3rd of March 1858. The well-maintained tarred road through the poort is popular. A series of bends, curves, crossing no fewer than 25 drifts, each with its own story and name, like Nooiensboom drift, Perskeboom drift and Wasgat. The road is a feat of engineering and only frequent flooding of Meiringspoort prompted engineering of Swartberg Pass as an alternative.
But the main attraction is the jaw-dropping beauty of the poort as it winds its way through the Swartberg Mountains. Scenic stops include the Skelm, a waterfall information site. This tumble of water into what appears to be a bottomless pool is said to be the home of a fresh-water mermaid, whether she inhabits one of the five popular swimming holes at the Skelm, or not, the story is a lovely one.
Date of experience: February 2019Written 24 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Very scenic drive to a well kept spot. Neat parking and ablutions (on both sides of the road) and a visitors centre. A very short uphill walk with a rail to the waterfall. Almost feels like you didn’t earn your swim and the beautiful site after such a short walk.Written 13 December 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Best wine, especially the sweet dessert wines!
Sit and have roosterkoek if you can. I would also recommend the jams, karoobossie salt, and highly recommend getting some Moskonfyt..
If you want to sleep over on the farm Domein Doornkraal, I would recommend staying at "Kerneelia". A lovely isolated and off the grid cottage.Written 4 March 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Setting out with seven friends, we experienced an extraordinary week on horseback, traveling through valleys and mountains across the Karoo, on the backs of horses admirable for their courage, robustness and good character. Our sleeping places were comfortable and the welcome from the owners was always enthusiastic when they saw us disembark with our horses for which large meadows were available. What a joy to see them in freedom rolling around again and again in the cool of the evening. The evenings punctuated by barbecues and delicious meals were very entertaining. Traveling with Célia, our organizer, is a pleasure, she has so much to give and teach us and above all she laughs all the time!!! Not to be missed if you love nature and animals.Written 28 November 2023
- Come and taste the best
This is a one of that thing that you must do when you visit the Klein Karoo and you are in Oudtshoorn De Rust vicinity.And that is go and to the olive tasting and tour at De Rustica Olive Estate.Here they will share with you some facts about olive and how they harvests the olives and what make olive great and you will learn why the have the best olive oil in the world.
You can also enjoy there Lamb curry,Olive cake( something I have not tast before) or a platter.Staff is very helpful and know there olives.You can also buy their product at good value for money or bring your own bottle and get Olive oil on tap.I will definitely recommend this to any one.Written 8 July 2023
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