Attractions IN Darling

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Darling Wind Farm

On the hills just outside Darling, roughly 70 kilometres from Cape Town, stand four wind-generated mills. It's known as an Eskom demonstrator site, which means it's something of a learning platform for the development of the wind energy industry in South ...

Wine Routes

Darling Wine Route

Although traditionally part of the Swartland, Darling is now a demarcated wine district and home to her own wine route, including five wine cellars all of which benefit from the cool breezes off the Atlantic Ocean and the long, hot summers to produce ...

Nature Reserves

Renosterveld Reserve

Situated in the village of Darling, the Renosterveld Reserve, which you will find at the top of the village on a hill just behind the Darling Primary School, is run by the local municipality and forms part of the Darling commanage. Donated by the local ...

Nature Reserves

Tienie Versveld Reserve

The Tienie Versveld Reserve lies just outside Darling en route to Yzerfontein, part of a farm that was donated to the National Botanical Society of South Africa by none other than a Marthinus Versveld (known locally, obviously, as Oom Tienie). It is an ...

Nature Reserves

Waylands Wild Flower Reserve

Darling is a charming little town in the Western Cape, and is part of the magnificent Cape Floral Region. So, it is the perfect home for the Waylands Wild Flower Reserve, which celebrates the hundreds of species for which ...

Attractions AROUND Darling

Nature Reserves

Bartholomeus Klip Renosterveld Reserve

On Bartholomeus Klip's grassy plains you will find wild animals in one of the last spaces, so close to a city, that still allows for game to freely graze as they might have done years ago. The quagga breeding programme brings together pairs of zebra that ...

Lakes / Dams / Landmarks

Berg River Estuary

Rated as one of three top estuaries in South Africa, in terms of conservation, the Berg River Estuary starts 69 km upstream of its mouth in Velddrif on the West Coast. It is one of only four perennial estuaries on this dry coast and its lower reaches ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Nature Reserves

Bird Island Nature Reserve

The world’s most accessible Cape gannet colony can be found on an island, linked to Lambert’s Bay by a breakwater wall. Bird Island also gives shelter to thousands of cormorants and penguins, whilst Cape fur seals can still be found on the rocks on the ...

Beaches / Natural Wonders / Nature Reserves

Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve

Stretching all the way from Diep River in Milnerton, to the Berg River close to Velddrif on the West Coast, the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) was designated as such by UNESCO in 2000. The beautiful area of the Cape Floristic Region is deemed ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Activities

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails – slackpacker trails on the West Coast! The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) is a recognised UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, one of only 6 in South Africa and just over 600 world-wide. It extends from Diep River in ...

Wine Estates

Darling Wine Estates

The Darling Wine Route continues to delight more and more tourists every year. The wines produced here are of a fabulous quality, thanks to the beautiful weather and soils. Local labels include Tukulu, Darling Cellars and Groote Post. Many of the wine ...

Penguin Route / Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Popular Tourist Routes

Dassen Island Penguin Colony

Shaped like a flattened whale, its fins viewable on either side, when seen from the air, Dassen Island lies off the Cape West Coast region near Yzerfontein. Just a century ago Dassen Island was home to over a million African penguins and the largest ...

Game Farms / Game Parks / Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Elandsfontein Private Reserve

One is not even aware that there is a private game reserve on the far side of the West Coast National Park (to the right, roughly speaking, of the R27, 30 kilometres past the Yzerfontein turnoff, as opposed to the park on the right) from Cape Town. But ...

Nature Reserves

Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area

Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area, with its extraordinary rock formations and popular hiking routes, lies about 120 km north of Cape Town in the Western Cape. The Reserve is situated in the Groot Winterhoek mountain range, north of Tulbagh and east of ...

Nature Reserves

Grotto Bay Coastal Nature Reserve

Head up the West Coast from Cape Town for roughly 60 kilometres and you will find Grotto Bay Coastal Nature Reserve. It's a 500 hectare private nature reserve filled with walking trails, birds, the possibility of sighting whales, unpolluted skies and, ...

Nature Reserves

Matroosberg Nature Reserve

The reserve lies 35 kilometres outside of Ceres on the farm Erfdeel – a working fruit, vegetable and protea farm, just two hours' from Cape Town. Summer days are glorious, whilst there is almost a guarantee of snow in winter because of the altitude ...

Nature Reserves

Rocherpan Nature Reserve

Rocherpan enthusiasts who head off along the West Coast to visit this nature reserve near Velddrif will possibly mention to you that the bird life is incredible, but what they will not reveal is that it is also a wonderful setting in which to spot ...

Activities / Popular Tourist Routes

West Coast 3 Day Itinerary

Our suggestions for a self-drive, three day trip up the Cape West Coast with ideas on what to do and where to stay! Note that this is a Three-day itinerary for the West Coast – OUT of flower season! Leave Cape Town via the R27 – there is a lot to do en ...

Activities / Popular Tourist Routes

West Coast 5 Day Itinerary

Anyone with any knowledge of the flowers will tell you that to see them at their best, you need to drive with the sun at your back. What this means is that you should drive all the way up to at least Vanrhynsdorp or Nieuwoudtville to start your route ...

National Parks / Nature Reserves

West Coast National Park

Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the ...

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Miscellaneous / Popular Tourist Routes

Berg River Region

North of the Berg River lie the little towns of Piketberg, Porterville, Wittewater, Goedverwacht, Veddrif, Aurora, Eendekuil and Redelinghuys. Known collectively as the Berg River region, the towns fall into an area that moves from the icy waters of the ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Penguin Route / Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Bird Island Penguin Colony

Bird Island is the third largest African penguin colony and, in terms of numbers, important for the survival of the penguin - there were 2 600 pairs when counted in 2011. It forms the other half of the paired fishing exclusion experiment (with St Croix) ...

National Parks / Nature Reserves

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Although often referred to as lying in Paternoster, the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, more often referred to by locals as Tietiesbaai, lies just south west of the popular weekend town, its manual lighthouse - the last of its kind - a draw card to many ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Donkergat Whaling Station

Saldanha is one of the charming towns perched along the Cape West Coast of South Africa, known for its gorgeous coastline and unique vegetation. But, it was once also an epicentre for whaling or whale hunting; long ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Flamingo Birding Route

The West Coast stretches from Cape Town's northerly Atlantic suburbs to the coastal wetlands of the Olifants River. Whilst spring flowers have received the focus of tourism to this part of the coastline, it is birding that is now slowly coming to the ...

Mountain Passes

Gifberg Pass

The Gifberg Pass connects Vanrhynsdorp to the top of the Matsikamma Mountain, roughly 20 km south of Vanrhynsdorp. The pass breasts a flat-topped mountain called Maskam that forms part of the Matzikamma mountain range (Maskam lies at its ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Hopefield Wind Farm

Thirty seven 1.8 MW wind turbines grace the farmland of the Swartland, 5km south-east of Hopefield, on the Western Cape's West Coast. They are hard to miss, standing erect against the blue of the sky. At the close of 2014 Hopefield wind farm brought to ...

Nature Reserves

Knersvlakte Nature Reserve

Knersvlakte Nature Reserve (proclaimed in September 2014) is situated on the West Coast between Klawer in the Western Cape and Kliprand in the Northern Cape. It is idyllically nestled just north of the Olifants River. The reserve covers some 85 500 ...

Golf Courses

Langebaan Golf Club

The Golf Course at Langebaan Country Club is a links-type course, designed as a figure 8 winding around residential stands. Located on the unspoilt Cape west coast about 70 minutes drive from Cape Town, the elegant clubhouse offers panoramic views of the ...

Lakes / Dams / Beaches

Langebaan Lagoon

Langebaan Lagoon is a large salt water lagoon, regarded as a wetland of international importance, protected by the West Coast National Park (formerly called the Langebaan National Park), 100 km north of Cape Town. The lagoon is an ...

Darling as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Britannia Bay, Doringbaai, Dwarskersbos, Elands Bay, Grotto Bay, Hopefield, Jacobsbaai, Kraalbaai, Laaiplek, Lamberts Bay, Langebaan, Lutzville, Mamre, Nuwerus, Paternoster, Philadelphia, Port Owen, Redelinghuys, Saldanha, Shelley Point, St Helena Bay, Stompneusbaai, Strandfontein, Vanrhynsdorp, Velddrif, Vredenburg, Vredendal, Yzerfontein

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