At the beginning of the 18th century about 29 farmers lived in an area called Groenkloof and on one of these farms, Langfontein, Darling was founded in 1853. Darling was named after Sir Charles Henry Darling who in 1851 came to the Cape as Lieutenant Governor. The Town Hall, which now houses the Darling Museum, was built in 1899 and was used to host weddings, dances and concerts. This is also were the first Darling Wildflower Show took place in 1917. The museum also holds a collection of large agricultural machines. Darling offers a tranquil atmosphere with plenty of restaurants and attractions to keep you entertained for the duration of your stay.
DARLING BREW TASTEROOM
Darling Brew TasteRoom overlooks our brewhouse and offers contemporary pub-style food with the full craft beer experience at our brewery in Darling.
OPENING TIMES: Mondays to Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00 | Sundays & Public Holidays : 10:00 – 16:00
Address: 48 Caledon Street, Darling
Phone: 079 092 8313
Kitchen closes 1 hour before venue | Booking essential for 6+ tables
Darling Olives, not only produces great-tasting olives, but also offer a great tasting experience so you can discover our range of delicious products right here on the farm.
The tasting facilities can accommodate small groups (10-12 people) and large groups (up to 60 people), either around our main table or in the tasting hall. Our entire range of olive products is available for tasting during a 30 minute presentation. You can look forward to Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO); Garlic Infused Olive Oil; Olive Chocolate, Jams, Pastes and Rubs; as well as our delicious Black and Calamata Olives.
We ask a nominal tasting fee of R40 per person for a group of up to 10 people and R45 per person for a group of more than 10 people. Booking is recommended for larger groups, or to avoid disappointment.
OPENING TIMES: Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 – 16:00 | Saturdays/Public Holidays: 9:00 – 13:00
Address: Alexanderfontein Farm, off the R315
Phone: 022 492 3171
DARLING MUSEUM & TOURISM OFFICE
The Darling Museum was founded by a group of local farmers’ wives in 1978 in order to preserve the butter making history of Darling. Since then the museum has grown into a country museum reflecting the lifestyle and growth of the village over 165 years. The museum features Victorian and Edwardian interiors depicting life at home, in business, early school and a barn with agricultural machinery and implements. The experience includes a Darling Historical Walk Brochure.
Entrance fee: R10 per adult | R8 per pensioner | R5 per scholar
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Thursday: 09:00 – 13:00 / 14:00-16:00 | Fridays: 09:00 – 13:00 / 14:00 – 15:30 | Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 – 15:00
Address: Cnr. Pastorie & Hill Streets, Darling
Phone: 022 492 3361
Darling Sweet produces a range of hand crafted toffees and soft caramels. Their products are produced the traditional way with traditional ingredients and are preservative free. Their packaging is fully recyclable and the clear toffee wrappers are biodegradable and fully compostable. The full range is Kosher as well as Halaal. Darling Sweet is a Proudly South African brand.
OPENING TIMES: Monday – Saturday: 08h00 – 17h00 | Sundays: 10h00-14h00 |
Public Holidays: 10h00 – 14h00
Address: 7A Long Street, Darling
Phone: 083 235 4002
CWCBR DARLING STAGGER
The Darling Stagger is a 2.5 day, approximately 20 kilometer slackpacking experience with 3 star accommodation, meals, transfers, wine and olive tasting and a local guide included.
On the first day hikers settle in to their 3-star accommodation in Darling or Yzerfontein and meet with their guide for a welcome dinner and briefing at one of the local restaurants.
Spend the second day explore Darling on foot with a local guide and visit Evita se Peron, Darling Museum, Darling Sweet, Ormonde and Darling Olives while learning more about the history of Darling and its people. After some leisure time patrons are treated to light dinner and a show with Tannie Evita (subject to programme).
On the third and final day, after a hearty breakfast patrons meet with their guide and transfer to !Khwa ttu for a visit to the San Cultural Museum and a leisurely 8km walk from !Khwa ttu to Yzerfontein via Tygerfontein Farm. The stagger ends with a light lunch after which patrons are transferred to their vehicles.
Trails can be customised to meet special requirements.
Address: Trails & Tourism Hub, West Coast Farm Stall, Cnr. R27 & R315
Tel: 022 125 0049/50
Duckitt Nurseries(Pty) Ltd specializes in producing and exporting top quality Cymbidium Orchid cut-flowers to mainly European and East USA regions. The nursery not only supplies many retail nurseries and supermarkets in South Africa, but is also open to the public on the 1st Saturday of the months from May to November from 09h00 to 12h00.
Entrance is free, and plants and flowers are for sale in the pack-shed. The green house with the most spectacular display of flowers at that time is also opened to the public.
OPENING TIMES: 1st Saturday May – November | 09:00 – 12:00
Address: Oudepost Farm, R315 Darling
Phone: 022 492 2606
EVITA SE PERRON
Evita se Perron, Mrs Bezuidenhout and Pieter-Dirk Uys need no introduction. The immissable pink building was converted from the old Darling railway station in 1996. In addition to the cabaret theatre and restaurant the Perron is famous for its satirical garden, Boerassic Park and also hosts the local A&C (Arts & Crafts) shop.
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00 | Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00
Address: Arcadia Street, Darling
Phone: 022 492 2101
ORMONDE PRIVATE CELLAR
Ormonde Private Cellar is situated on the remainder of the original Langefontein Farm. Proprietor Theo Basson embraces the legacy left to him by his father Nico Basson and his grandfathers before him. Ormonde is proud to house in it’s stable two Old Mutual trophies, as well as various Platinum, Gold and Double Gold medals over the years to mention but just a few. Wines tasted at the tasting room are exclusively available from the estate and selected restaurants. The serene atmosphere and personal experience at Ormonde promise our guests a memorable experience
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 16:00 | Saturday: 09:00 – 15:00
Address: Cnr. Mount Pleasant and Lang Streets, Darling
Phone: 022 492 3540
Adventure, relaxation & education
Sweeping views, tracks through nature, guided tours, home cooked food, a unique San Heritage Center, and entrance to the fascinating world of the First People, the San – !Khwa ttu has it all.
As a unique travel destination and training centre, !Khwa ttu combines culture and heritage, adventure and relaxation, and education, giving a new understanding of the phrase “San Spirit Shared”.
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00
Address: Off the R27, West Coast Road
Phone: 022 492 2998