Darling is pretty much synonymous with West Coast spring flowers, so it’s no wonder that it hosts the Darling Wildflower Show and boasts endless vistas of flowers in August and September. During the other ten months of the year, it also charms the socks off visitors from all over (local and abroad) – and its authentic rural atmosphere is a draw card all year round.
According to Dianne le Roux, a resident in the area for the past three decades, there’s been some sweeping changes around here. In the old days, people used to have weekend homes in this charming little town, but today, families are moving here lock, stock and barrel and making it their home. Some open businesses in Darling (for example, in tourism), while others have discovered that Cape Town is close enough that it’s totally feasible to commute.
Exciting developments include Darling Brew, Udderly Delicious Darling, Darling Sweet and The Flying Pig charcuterie, as well as an independent wine merchant, a quirky bookshop and a country museum. There are a range of events every year, including the increasingly popular
Rocking the Daisies music festival at the nearby Cloof Wine Estate (held in October) and the Taste of Darling festival of beer, wine, food, music and art (held in April). And who hasn’t heard of Evita Se Perron, the popular caberet theatre that draws weekend crowds to see the infamous Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout, aka Pieter-Dirk Uys.
The main perks for permanent residents? The tranquillity, surrounding nature, rolling farmlands all around, proximity to the city, quiet village life, and the nearby beach at Yzerfontein and Langebaan Lagoon in the West Coast National Park being just a short drive away.
Don’t miss this!
Evita Se Perron cabaret theatre and restaurant.
Family friendly treasure hunt on the Darling Mystery Trail.
Tasting experience at Darling Olives.
!Khwa ttu – for insights into San culture and history.
Mountain biking trails at Wolwefontein and !Khwa ttu.
Groote Post Country Market (every last Sunday of the month).
Beautiful orchids during open days at Duckitt Nurseries.
Darling Brew Tasteroom: laidback lunches and excellent beers
Bistro Seven: budget-friendly country style fare
The Marmalade Cat: moreish lunches – and wood-fired pizzas on Friday nights
The Flying Pig: delicious deli items and West Coast roasted coffee
Chicory Cheese Cafe: freshly baked goodies
Brig’s Barn: mouthwatering desserts
Cafe Mosaic: bistro and café food at its best
Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post: hearty country cuisine
Wine estates worth visiting:
Cloof Wine Estate
“We love the quietness, nature and the wonderful people, whether they belong to old Darling families or have moved to Darling from other parts of the country, or even from overseas.” –Stephan Moser, Darling Lodge Guest House
Words: Riekie Human | Images: Darling Tourism