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Darling Wine Route

The Darling Wine Route is named after the cultural and historic small town Darling. The town was named after Lieutenant-Governor Charles Henry Darling.

From the earliest years travellers through the area were overwhelmed by the beauty of the wildflowers, and since the inception in 1917 of the annual Darling Wildflower show, the incomparable blooming of wildflowers in spring have been main tourist attractions. The Darling region and town is also historically associated with dairy milk, butter and cream.

Darling is a non-coastal town with a variety of good tourism products to offer visitors in the town and its region. For the outdoor adventurer, there are agri-tourism attractions at Waylands farm and Dukkit’s orchid nurseries, day hikes at Ronderberg and the opportunity to view game at Buffelsfontein Nature Reserve. For tourists interested in history there are the Hildebrand Monument, the Darling Museum and the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Village.

The Darling Wine Route boasts the one-of-a-kind Voorkamerfest, which affords visitors the experience of a “truly South African multicultural sphere”. This initiative involves inviting visitors into the homes of the Darling people, and allowing them to be immersed in the town's culture.

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Adventure

For the outdoor adventurer there are agri-tourism attractions at Waylands farm and Dukkit’s orchid nurseries, day hikes at Ronderberg and the opportunity to view game at Buffelsfontein Nature Reserve.

Events

The Darling Wine Route boasts the one-of-a-kind Voorkamerfest, which affords visitors the experience of a “truly South African multicultural sphere”. Voorkamerfest visitors visit different routes set out by the festival, taking them on a journey from township houses to Cape Dutch homes. 

Food

The pretty town of Darling has some great, down-to-earth eateries for travellers to enjoy. Visitors can choose from the atmospheric Evita se Perron, to dining on wine farms such as Cloof Wine Estate and Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post. Expect down-to-earth food and value for money.

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Stay

Experience warm hospitality and true country living in intimate guesthouses or cottages when you visit the lively town of Darling. The Granary Petite Hotel offers accommodation and breakfast Monday to Saturday, and breakfast down the road at the wonderfully named The Marmalade Cat on Sunday mornings. Other accommodation includes B&B establishments, self-catering venues, guesthouses, and home- and farmstays that introduce you to the stark beauty of this area.

Things To Do

Darling is a non-coastal town with a variety of good tourism products to offer visitors in the town and its region. For entertainment there is golf, as well as two art galleries and live shows at Evita se Perron. The latter has become a national and international attraction driven by satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys. For tourists interested in history there are the Hildebrand Monument, the Darling Museum and the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Village.

Things To See And Do

  • Wine tasting

  • Wildflowers in season

  • Orchid nurseries

  • Day hikes

  • Game viewing at Buffelsfontein Nature Reserve

  • Various historical monuments and museums

  • The Voorkamerfest (September)

Wine Tasting

The Darling Wine Route is less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Wines are down to earth and great value for money, and labels include Cloof, Groote Post, Darling Cellars, Ormonde and Tukulu. Farms offer wine tasting, and many have restaurants and accommodation on site.

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