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Meiringspoort, De Rust

#19 of 46 in Nature in Western Cape
Canyon · Nature / Park
Crossing the same river 25 times and ending at a waterfall, Meiringspoort slices through a gorge offering scenic views of intriguing rock formations and a mountain range, much of which is a listed World Heritage Site. The construction of the pass took place from 1856 to 1858 and proved to be quite an endeavor, since the area was prone to floods and landslides and the mountain seemed almost impenetrable. The engineer Andrew Bain--whose technique of cutting through large boulders was essential for the construction--named the pass after Petrus Johannes Meiring, a farmer who was the first person to pass through it in 1800. Arrange to visit Meiringspoort and other attractions in De Rust using our De Rust trip planner.
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  • This is a must for everyone. Here you travel from Prince Albert to Oudtshoorn along this pass that is at the bottom of this mountain pass. The massive mountain walls makes us look absolutely...  more »
  • Absolutely worth a little detour on your way to the cape. Had a nice stretch between the mountains. It all feels grand and epic and the facilities are in good condition if you need the stop.  more »
  • It's a beautiful place to stop and admire God's creation. You hear the birds, see small animals, read interesting facts about animals and plants. Beautiful scenery of the mountains and great for a quick stop when in need of a public restrooms. Clean as well.
  • Overwhelming beauty of the massive mountains, a beautiful waterfall is a very short distance from the road. If you are felling brave its a great experiance to jump into the rockpool from a 10m cliff. The area is very well maintained with clean bathroom facilities and a garden. The trail to the waterfall is very safe with steps cast into the rock in places where its difficult to climb. There are also hand rails all the way which makes it safe. There is a small museum that tells the story of how the road was built and provides info on the unique and interesting ecosystem of the mountains.
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