Rooikranspoort (R341)

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Stomprdrift Dam near the poort Stomprdrift Dam near the poort - Photo: Deon van der Westhuizen

If you blink, you will pass through this little poort without noticing it. It's an official poort duly noted on the government 1:50,000 maps. The vital statistics are frivolous with the poort only being 1.1 km in length with an altitude variance of only 8m. The scenery is however, quite pleasant as the road follows the poort between two large hills - both comprising sandstone formations typical of the area.

The region offers wonderful tourism opportunities for the adventure traveller with the town of De Rust being the springboard and focal point of the area. The town is something of an artist's and writer's haven as many of the old buildings have been beautifully restored, as city folk have moved here to live a quieter lifestyle. The region also makes excellent port wine and it is of course also the southern gateway to the world renowned Meiringspoort.


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Getting there: To approach from the west as we have produced it, head east out of De Rust on the tarred R341 for 20 km to arrive at the northern end of the poort.

To approach from the south, starting at the junction of the N9 and the R341 at GPS S33.503688 E23.228800, drive west aliong the R341 for 53.5 km to arrive at the southern start of the poort.

Pass Description: On your approach to the poort from the De Rust side, you will pass by the Stomprdrift Dam which is a combined multi-arch and gravity type dam located on the Olifants River near De Rust, Western Cape, South Africa. It was constructed in 1965 and hosts a resort where camping is vailable and boats a 25 km. The dam is the biggest dam in the Little Karoo region and well worth a visit if you have the time.

The poort becomes obvious from some distance away after a long straight drive where the natural gap that the poort offers an easy route wothout having to climb much. In fact there is only an altitude variance of 8m. The road makes a single S-curve with wide angles, so there's time to look a round and enjoy the geology. The two dominant ridges on either side of the road are the Rooikrans [662m] on the left (east) and after which the poort is named and the Rooirant [705m] on the right (west). The tiny little river that has carved  this poort out over the millenia is the Marthinusrivier, which forms a confluence with the much bigger Olifantsrivier a few kilometres further towards the north west.

As the road straightens out, a small side stream is crossed which marks the end of the poort at the 1,1 km mark. Continue straight on for 53.5 km to reach the junction with the N9. 

Fact File:


S33.528498 E22.714230


S33.537086 E22.719990


S33.537086 E22.719990














1.1 km




1 minute


100 kph


Tar (R341)






De Rust (20 km)

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