Darling, Western Cape, South Africa
Darling was named after Charles Henry Darling, who arrived in the Cape as Lt Governor. Darling is conveniently located only 75 kilometres from Cape Town along the West Coast road. The sea is 23 kilometres away at the coastal town of Yzerfontein.
Darling is the ideal escape for guests wanting to experience the warm hospitality and interesting sights that South Africa is known for. Darling is a delightful little country town, offering a wide array of wonderful attractions. The older part is blessed with regal Victorian houses, some of which are guest houses.
Spend time exploring the village, with its many quaint antique, craft, gift shops and galleries. Visitors can also visit the Butter Museum, the orchard nursery and a gallery showcasing the talents of local artists.
Many tourists descend on Darling not only for the flowers, but for the wonderful wine offered. Darling plays host to a handful of small but innovative wineries. All these aside, the town's best known attraction is probably Evita se Perron, a theatre/restaurant/craft shop development situated on the now defunct Darling Railway Station.
The centre is owned and managed by Pieter Dirk-Uys, one of South Africa's most controversial, outspoken and talented actors, playwrights and political satirists. Pieter Dirk-Uys is probably best known by his alter ego - that of Evita Bezuidenhout - who claims to be 'the most famous white women in South Africa'.
Darling is situated about an hour's drive from Cape Town along the R27, making it a pleasant day out. More fun would be to take the Spier Train, which offers a steam train ride, picnic dinner and theatre package.
Darling forms part of the West Coast Biosphere Reserve, and its environments is a kaleidoscope of wheat fields, vineyards and immense beauty of wild flowers in spring.