Darling, Western Cape, South Africa

Named after Charles Henry Darling who came to the Cape as Lt Governor, Darling is strategically well positioned only 75km from Cape Town along the West Coast road. The sea is but 23km away at the coastal town of Yzerfontein.

Darling is the perfect getaway, for visitors to experience warm hospitality and interesting sights. This delightful little country town offers a fantastic variety of attractions. The older part is blessed with many Victorian houses, some of which are guesthouses.

Spend some time exploring this village with its many quaint antique, craft, and gift shops and galleries. Visitors can also visit the Butter Museum, the orchard nursery and a gallery showcasing work by local artists.

As well as the flowers, many people come here to sample the wonderful wines from the handful of small but innovative wineries in the area. But - probably the town's best known attraction is Evita se Perron. This is a theatre / restaurant / craft shop development on the now defunct Darling Railway Station.

The whole centre is owned, run and managed by Pieter-Dirk Uys, one of South Africa's most outspoken, outrageous and outright talented actors, playwrights and political satirists. He is best known for his alter ego - Evita Bezuidenhout - who claims to be 'the most famous white woman in Africa'. 

On Friday and Saturday evenings the Perron is lit up by colourful lights, while local, national and international visitors enjoy traditional 'boerekos' and entertainment. Darling is only about an hour's drive from Cape Town, north along the R27, so it's an easy day out.

Darling is part of the West Coast Biosphere Reserve, and its environment is a seasonal kaleidoscope of wheat fields, vineyards and the immense beauty of the wild flowers in Spring.