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Attraction Name: Toll-Houses of Meiringspoort
CATEGORY:: Cultural Attractions
Type: Sites
Entrance Fee (Terms): Self-drive. Free
Description of Attraction: The first Toll-house was built in 1857 at the southern entrance to the Poort. It also served as a dwelling-house and shop. Rankin was the first Toll-keeper and worked here for fifteen years. He became famous as the local herbalist and tooth-extractor. Petrus Meiring built the Toll-house in the middle of Meiringspoort, at the place now known as the Old Toll.

His grandson, Ryk Meiring, was the last Toll-keeper. In December 1919 the Divisional Council decided to abolish Toll-fess. The ruins of an undocumented Toll-house can still be seen at the northern access to the Poort.

The pass is a gateway that connects the Little Karoo and the Great Karoo. It runs between the town of Klaarstroom in the north, and the town of De Rust in the south. Soaring cliff walls with spectacular rock formations line the 25 km tarred road which winds along the floor of the gorge, crossing the Groot River 25 times.

Photo Rankin's toll-gate at the southern entrance to Meiringspoort 1876
Town: De Rust
Region: Klein Karoo, South Africa
Garden Route Meander Office Use Only
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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