The Klein Karoo's Little Gem
Most of you will know that Gaz and I are currently road-tripping the Garden Route. On our trip down and in an area predominantly known for it's vast plains of dry, barren landscape, windmills and sheep farming, Gary and I stumbled across a little treasure of a town. Just off Route 62 and about 35km from Oudtshoorn is a gorgeous and unique village called De Rust. De Rust is located at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West and its the perfect spot to stretch your legs, have some tea and best of all...shop.
Gaz and I were lured into an interesting little spot called The Village Trading Post. A feast for the eyes! Everywhere we looked we saw interesting crafts, homemade thingies and antiques...lots of antiques. Melville and Parkhurst have nothing on this shop's arty-farty vibe, in fact I'd go so far as to say that The Village Trading Post is the Mother of all things Arty Farty. Get your hands on some excellently priced antique furniture or browse through some gorgeous decor items weathered picture frames, vintage coca-cola crates, jugs and so much more.
If you're clever, you'll stay for the Cape's most delicious baked cheesecake or check out their art gallery displaying a range or artists' work including one of my favourites- Frans Groenewald.
So the next time you are on your way to the Cape- DON'T just pass through De Rust. Give it a chance, take a rest and find some bliss while you are there.
The Village Trading Post also offers accommodation- please click here for their contact details