the cape west coast - darling

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(alfabetical list)

atlantis
blaaubergstrand
darling
hopefield
langebaan
mamre
melkbosstrand
milnerton
paternoster
saldanha
st helenabaai
velddrif
vredenburg
west coast np
yzerfontein
HOW TO GET THERE
(GPS: 33 23S 18 23E)
Clearly signposted, just off the R27, about 75km from Cape Town.

TOURISM OFFICE
Pastorie Street, Darling
·  Tel: 022 492 3361
·  e-Mail

PLACES OF INTEREST
◊  Spring Wildflowers (August to October) in any of seven flower reserves
◊  Evita's Perron, local theatre established in old train Station, and home to Evita Bezuidenhout.
◊  Hildebrand Monument

WHAT TO DO AND SEE
•  Museum - worth a visit
•  Voorkamerfest - annually in September
•  Two private nature/game reserves
•  A number of excellent wine farms and cellars
•  Annual wildflower show (September)
•  Number of restaurants and eateries in and around town
•  Morning Market - first Saturday of every month
•  Darling Gymkhana - annually in October
•  4x4 trails
ORIGINS OF THE NAME
Named after Sir Charles Henry Darling (1809-1870), Lieutenant-Governor of the Cape from 1851 to 1854.

POPULATION
7500

HISTORY
In 1682, pioneer explorer, Oloff Bergh, undertook a journey to the north and named this area Groenkloof. Some 30 farms were established here, amongst them was Langfontein where the town was laid out in 1853.

By 1899 two Swedes, Nils Moller and G Thernstrom settled in Darling and founded a creamery. The Darling district is still known for its dairy products.

Darling was the most southerly village to which a Boer commando penetrated during the Anglo-Boer war (1899 - 1902). A Memorial was erected here in 1939 to honour Field Cornet C.P. Hildebrand of the Boer Forces' Maritz Commando, the southernmost boer casualty of the war.

An Airforce squadron was based here during WW2 with the object to give air cover against German U-boats.
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