The quaint little Victorian town of De Rust, on Route 62, is conveniently positioned at the southern entrance to Meiringspoort – a magnificent gorge through the Swartberg Mountain Range – and just a few kilometres from Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the country.

De Rust might be small but it is charming and has become something of a haven for artists and is famous for its dessert wines and cheeses. The area, though sometimes dusty and hot, is malaria-free, safe and boasts a fantastic climate with perfect summers and gorgeous winter days, with the chill factor striking only in the evenings. The streets are tree-lined and host to a number of wonderful examples of late 19th century architecture and the town’s drinking water comes from a mountain spring, which residents claim far surpasses that of bottled water.

De Rust was also named town of the year in South Africa.  It had amazing things all around and we found the most interesting houses.

On of my favorite shots …. just caught the donkey car on our route with the ostriches in the background.

And then …. as you drive through this little town …. you are met with this peaceful scene!  Just amazing.

It’s a man’s thing …… I answered as my wife asked why would  I want to drive pass my old Army training facility.  I mean … this is where I can recall a lot of sweat and pain!  What can I say … “I am from Mars” …. and my wife still doesn’t understand.  I spend 12 months of my 24 months of compulsary military training here.  OUCH!