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Darling Tourism Newsletter

23 August 2017

Spring has sprung in Darling

Many thanks to Wilf Duckitt, John Duckitt and Con Meyer for the photos

Although not quite yet Spring, the wildflowers are starting to look really beautiful on the West Coast and on any warm, sunny day, you’ll see a variety of flowers blooming in various places.

Where to look for flowers around Darling:

  1. Renosterveld Reserve Darling (Kalkoentjie Street, behind Darling Primary School) -visitors should walk to the right in front of the stone reservoirs as well as up the cut paths to the left of the main path through the reserve.
    Also on the plots just below the renosterveld reserve.
  2. Road reserves Darling towards Mamre
  3. Road verges on R27 Yzerfontein towards Jakkalsfontein
  4. Darling Groenekloof Reserve (R315 alongside the SPCA premises)
  5. Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein)
  6. Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve – farm road through reserve
    (R307 Darling – Mamre – in front of Duckitt Nursery

What’s blooming right now

Bloupypies (Gladiolus gracilis) look out for the rare pink variation! Oxalis looking better than ever before; Bokmaellie (Microloma sagittatum); Rotstert (Babiana ringens;  Babiana ambigua Bobbejaantie; skilpadbessiebos (Muraltia) is magnificent. Kapokbos (Eriocephalus) Blue flax (Heliophila)
Chasmanthe Piempiempie; Yellow Morea, red romulea and nemesias. Cotulas, Pink Oxalis, Arums, yellow tamarack (Albuca)

Remember: Darling is not so much about the fields of daisies but rather the variety of species that flower here, so take a walk and enjoy our natural heritage up close.

Do's and don'ts of flower watching!!

  • Best time for viewing is during the warmest period of the day   (10:30 am -  16h00 pm)
  • The temperature should be at least 18 degrees celsius–
  • Sunny days are best for the opening of flowers. Rainy or overcast weather is not ideal so plan to visit other sights on such days.
  • Travel with the sun behind you, as the flowers turn their faces to the sun
  • Certain flowers will not open if it is overcast or cloudy
  • Tread lightly so as not to trample plants unnecessarily
  • Do not disturb nature in any way, especially dune area
  • Leave all gates as you find them
  • Use only ablution facilities provided
  • Absolutely no picking of flowers/bulbs/plants.  This is illegal
  • Take adequate protection not only from the spring sun, but also from the zealous insects. 
  • It is thus sensible to wear light, but long-sleeved and legged clothing. Also comfortable shoes for walking around in the fields.

For more information on Darling Wildflowers visit For up to date info on wildflowers in Darling and other West Coast regions contact Flowerline on 063 724 6203

After the good rain this past week and some lovely warm weather over the weekend, the flowers are coming through fast and furious and the veld is looking very pretty.  If it continues like this we will have a fantastic WILD FLOWER SHOW IN DARLING to celebrate our centenary.

!Khwa ttu Weekday Winter Lunch Menu

2 Courses:  Starter & Main or Main & Dessert
R130pp, including a glass of wine.

Monday – Friday 12:00 - 14:30
Offer valid until 31 Aug 2017.
For more information or to book your table: T:  022 492 2998
E: W:

Venue: Brigs Barn, Darling
Date: Thursday 24 August 2017
Times: Show registration 18h00, starts 18h30, supper at 19h30.
Bookings: 022 492 2451
Theme: Music from the Movies.
Cost: R85 for meal and entry fee.

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