Darling Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Darling
    by CatherineReichardt

Darling Things to Do

  • See a Pieter Dirk Uys show at Evita se...

    (work in progress)It's difficult to think of a town in South Africa that owes so much of its profile to a single resident.Darling has probably always been a perfectly pleasant little country town just over an hour's drive north of Cape Town, and has long been a favoured stop in the West Coast wildflower season. However, its profile was raised to a...

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  • A diva celebrated in art throughout the...

    (work in progress)One of the most amusing aspects of Evita se Perron is the art gallery (which is on your left as you enter the gift shop) which celebrates Evita through the reinterpretation of world famous artistic masterpieces.Pieter Dirk Uys (PDU) has partnered with a local artist Nina van der Westhuizen to paint versions of famous works of art...

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  • PDU's political and social activism

    (work in progress)One often overlooked aspect of Evita se Perron is the low key exhibit located on the right hand side of the gift shop as you enter. These standing boards display an array of correspondence that Pieter Dirk Uys (PDU) has received from the famous and infamous over the years, and is well worth a few minutes perusal, if only to...

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  • Becoming Evita!

    (work in progress)Pieter Dirk Uys (PDU) is South Africa's premier political satirist who has been providing biting and incisive commentary on national politics and culture since the 1970s. It is a tribute to both his longevity and versatility that he has managed to remain relevant from the bad old days of Grand Apartheid, through the political...

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  • Politically incorrectness even extends...

    (work in progress)As you will probably have worked out by now, Evita se Perron is a shrine to political incorrectness - well, would you expect anything else from the home of South Africa's premier political satirist?This absence of political correctness even extends to the toilet facilities, where this rather fine portrait of Eugene Terre'Blanche...

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  • Eugene, darling Eugene

    Yep it had to happen. Eugene had to be featured in Boerassic park. Eugene Terreblance is the leader of the AWB political party here in SA. At one of his meetings, he fell off his horse, which was rather embarresing for him.

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  • Thabo's plane

    Yep, it had to happen. He had to get his own plane, but fortunately he is not yet the captain of the plane.

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  • The gravy train

    Yes, of course we also have a gravy train. People thought that the train was stopped when the new government took over, but alas, things got worrse!

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  • Boerassic Park

    When visiting Darling, you must visit Evita's Perron. Going thru the shop, you will find Boerassic park, which is another must visit and a laugh a minute.

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  • Wild Flowers

    The Wild flowers in Sept is one of the main attractions to this little village which forms part of the West Coast. There are two farms that keep portions our just for the wild flowers to bloom and where the public can go and view it.

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  • Eugene falls off again

    The leader of the AWB Eugene Terreblance fell off his horse at one of his rallies. Hence he opened himself to abuse from Evita and the rest of us.

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  • The gravy train

    The first thing you see inside Boerassic Park is the Gravy train, with the face of Nelson Mandela (Madiba) on the front

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  • Boerassic Park

    A total skid on Jurasic park. The statues reminds one of the stuff done in Neu Bethesda, but interesting to see.

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  • Evita's theatre

    Visiting the small theatre where Pieter Dirk Uys holds his own shows is quite and experience and one not to be missed!

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  • Evita's theatre

    Visiting the small theatre where Pieter Dirk Uys holds his own shows is quite and experience and one not to be missed!

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Darling Restaurants

  • Better for a snack than a meal

    (work in progress)The divine Tannie Evita has written an amusing cookbook, 'Evita's Kossie Sikelela': as ever with Pieter Dirk Uys, a pun on the Afrikaans word for food ('kos') and the name of the national anthem Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. However, despite much self congratulatory fanfare about the brilliance of her bobotie and her celebrated catering...

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  • Great beer, great food, great value!

    (work in progress)Places where you can enjoy great food and great beer are always going to be a winner for us - especially when combined with a great price!We visited the Darling Brewery to sample its beers: we had already tried its most famous product (Bone Crusher, which has a hefty 6% alcohol content) and were keen to try its lighter beers. We...

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  • Eve van Dyk (I think) drag show!

    Nice place, not so good food, but a great drag show from South Africas most famous. Shame though athat about a third is in Afrikans, only 23 thirds English. Also a bit too local-political for my taste (and understanding). A sight in any case!

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Darling Local Customs

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    by CatherineReichardt Updated Dec 26, 2012

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    Darling is an exceedingly laid back place, where the concept of 'manana' would not seem out of place.

    If you look over the road from the car park at Evita se Perron, you'll see that even the trees are laid back.

    By the way I have it on good authority that Pieter Dirk Uys (aka Evita Bezuidenhout) lives on the property behind this wall ...

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Darling Off The Beaten Path

  • Straw bailing: a form of artistic...

    (work in progress)We last visited Darling in mid December, just after the farmers had harvested their hay and the stubbly fields were a pale, parched gold that glinted in the harsh midsummer sun.As we drove from Darling to Tulbagh, it struck me that hay baling is far from uniform and may have become almost a form of artistic self expression....

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  • One of South Africa's few wind farms

    (work in progress)The most striking feature of the drive from lovely Langebaan (or the main R27 road) to Darling is the wind farm on the hill to the north of the road.Wind farms are a rare feature of the South African landscape as the country's power is almost exclusively generated from coal-fired power stations to the east of Johannesburg which...

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  • A stunning and unexpected view of Table...

    (work in progress)The distance between Cape Town and Darling is 76km - just over an hour's drive, as the section out of Cape Town is bedevilled with heavy traffic and can be slow going.The difference between sleepy Darling and vibrant Cape Town is so marked that it feels like much further. Which is perhaps why it came as such a surprise driving...

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