Simply take the Oudemuragie Road off the R328, about 35km from Oudtshoorn. Open Monday to Sunday from 9 till 4:30, the entrance fee is R70 per vehicle (for 1-6 people). From the entrance gate, drive 3km, park and the rippling waterfall will be in sight after about 800m on foot. Don’t rush the hike though: a mountain trail will lead you over a selection of small bridges, where you’ll see lush undergrowth and a profusion of attractive wildflowers. On your return to the shaded area near the entrance, stay for a picnic or braai, if you desire. The Rust-en-Vrede waterfall is not just a place of ‘rest and peace’ as its Afrikaans name advises, as well as a safe haven for many indigenous plants and animals. This fall also supplies Oudtshoorn with a great deal of its water, which is carried by pipeline to the town reservoir. This was the first source of water supply to Oudtshoorn, followed by the Mellville dam in 1910 and the Raubenheimer dam in 1971, both at the foot hills of the Swartberg.
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