Sport & Recreation

A host of outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the Darling area. For the more energetic visitor there are mountainbike or hiking trails, off-road routes or guided running tours. The Darling Brew Extreme and Renosterveltd MTB have become eagerly anticipated annual events.

But if a leisurely round of golf, is more your style, head on over to the Darling Golf Club.

Click on any of the links on the right for pictures and more information.


!khwa ttu Mountain Bike Trail

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!khwattu’s new mountain bike trail on the Cape West Coast offers variety, fun, relaxation and spectacular views, at a great family venue perfect for weekend getaways. The trail includes two well-marked routes suitable for all levels of experience, from casual leisure rider to experienced adrenaline junkie. On the 10km, circular green route you may have wonderful encounters with game and the highlight is a 20 metre drop down a granite rock face to a water hole – a safer option is available! Fitter cyclists can continue on the circular red route for 20km of more challenging climbs on neighbouring farms. The hilly red route winds past granite rocky outcrops, along wheat fields and up into the beautiful Ormonde vineyards above Darling. Those who make the collective 800m climb are rewarded with increasingly inspiring vistas of Table Mountain, Langebaan Lagoon and the rolling Darling hills. The icing on the cake is a fun, fast ride back to base for tasty Ormonde wine and !Khwattu’s signature Eland burger.
Single track, jeep track, farm roads, relaxed riding, technical sections, fast moving terrain, fun, beautiful scenery – the !Khwa ttu mountain bike route has it all. Combine that with fascinating San guided tours, gentle hiking trails, local wine, good food, comfortable accommodation, friendly smiles, warmth and professionalism, and its’ enough to draw you back to !Khwa ttu again and again.

• Less than one hours’ drive north of Cape Town along the R27 West Coast Route.
• 10km or 30km options well marked with green and red arrows.
• The 30km option is hilly with a combined climb of around 800 metres.
• Fun, relaxed riding with some technical sections for more advanced cyclists.
• Donation of R30 per person assists with trail maintenance.
• To book contact Jacky Melenephy on 022 492 2998 or bookings@khwattu.org


 

Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails

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Are you a hardcore mountain lover, a twitcher, or botanist, do you want to take your family on an easy walk to appreciate nature? Do you see yourself as a modern-day strandloper?

The Darling Stagger is a slow-paced, mouth-watering hiking trail from the hills of Darling through wine and olive farms to !Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre and down to Yzerfontein on the coast.

It’s great to see South Africans finally picking up on what the Italians have known for centuries; that this is the way life is meant to be lived – slowly and simply, with good food and wine and good company, in a natural, outdoor setting. This is a trail for those who know how to experience the good things in life.

This 2.day 25km trail begins in Darling. Tucked away between hills of vineyards and golden wheat fields, the trail winds through olive groves and wine farms up to the highest point in Darling where you will take your time sampling local fruits of the vine direct from the farmer.

The trail then meanders through renosterveld and fynbos full of flowers, game and birds, en route to !Khwa ttu where you spend the first night at the unique San Cultural Centre. After a leisurely breakfast, we continue downhill through the strandveld to Tygerfontein Farm along the coast to Yzerfontein, sampling local seafood along the way.

This 2day slackpacking trail, without the schlep, is guided and catered, comfortable and safe. Hikers carry a small daypack, lifts and luggage are organised and local folk and restaurants prepare meals in traditional West Coast style.

For more information, full itineraries and prices and to book please call or email.

tel: 086 187 2457 (TRAILS)Cape West Coast Biosphere Central Office: 022 125 0049
email: trails@capebiosphere.co.za
web: www.capebiosphere.co.za
packages: Click here to view Darling Stagger packages.

 


Darling Bowls Club

A team from Velddrif who came 3rd. in our All Day competition in November 2014 along with our member Johan Kriel who sponsored cash prizes

A team from Velddrif who came 3rd. in our All Day competition in November 2014 along with our member Johan Kriel who sponsored cash prizes

On our green during a competition in April of 2014

On our green during a competition in April of 2014

A photo of our clubhouse some years ago

A photo of our clubhouse some years ago

Part of the Darling Sports Club and going strong since 1994

With 30 active members and a cosy clubhouse, the Darling Bowls Club offers new members or visiting bowlers a warm welcome.

We are in the same grounds as the golf club in Jacaranda Street in Darling.

The club is part of the West Coast Region which has 16 clubs affiliated to Boland Bowls and Bowls South Africa.

If you are a bowler and are visiting Darling, why not bring your bowls and enjoy a game with us?  If you are not a regular bowler, we could lend you a set of bowls, if necessary.  We play on Tuesday and Saturday  afternoons  at 14:30 .  From January 2015, we may also be open for play at 09:30 on Saturday mornings.  Come along about 20 minutes before start of play and introduce yourselves to us.

We would be delighted to have you play with us!

address: Jakaranda Street, Darling 7345
Contact: Ada Smith
Tel: 022 492 3587
Cell: 079 755  4287
Email nicada@telkomsa.net

 


Darling Golf Club

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The Host with the Most on the West Coast

THE GOLF CLUB:

This 9-hole Golf course is only 75km away from Cape Town and especially popular with residents from Melkbos and Bloubergstrand.   It is 5877m long and the greens have cynoden grass. The course has been open for the past 25 years and has grown into an attractive and well-maintained golf course.

Apart from Golf, the Club also offers a wide variety of sport such as Bowls, Netball, Tennis, Gymkhana and Cricket and is host to prestigious annual events such as the Darling Wild Flower Show, WP Gymkhana Championships and Boland Bowls Championships

With the excellent catering facilities available on site and bar facilities available, it is the perfect venue for corporate and social golfing events as well as for weddings, conferences and any other social function.

address: Jakaranda Street, Darling 7345
tel: 022 492 3013
fax: 022 492 2684
email: darlingclub@telkomsa.net
notes: Bar facilities and light meals available
hours: Course open Monday to Sunday

 


Darling Mystery Trail

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Darling Mystery Trail opens!

The new Darling Mystery Trail offers fun and exercise to the whole family or group. It is a mix between geo caching and treasure hunt and takes visitors through the scenic historic village of Darling. Guests get their personal map at the Darling Museum, decide which path they would like to walk or ride, solve the riddles and find a treasure.

The newly established Darling Mystery Trail combines history, fun and wit. The old village of Darling is rich in Victorian architecture and offers wonderful views on gardens and landscapes. Participants will read in mirror writing, search for a message in a bottle, find a hint on a mysterious flower or use a compass. All riddles are family-friendly and arranged in the secure and relaxed surrounding of this quaint village.

Each visitor gets a personal trail-map for R25 at the Darling Museum. The individual start time is daily from 10h00 to 13h00. Depending on skill and the chosen path, the trail offers a relaxing 1.5 to 2 hours walk. A ride on the Mountain Bike is even quicker.

To make it special for the younger generation some modern geo caching elements are added. Though it is fun to use, it is not necessary to use the GPS, the QR-code reader and the compass on the smartphone. When everyone is finished & solved the riddles, participants will get a treasure & stand a chance to win a Darling weekend for two worth R2000.00

contact: Stephan Moser
cell: 071 154 0243
email: info@darlingtourism.co.za
web: www.mysterytrail.co.za
cost: R25 per personSpecials for families and groups

The Darling Mystery Trail concept offers the perfect weekend-entertainment for families. A family-package for 2 adults and 2 children costs only R75. Groups, clubs and companies are welcome to do the Darling Mystery Trail as an event.

hours: The individual start time is daily from 10h00 to 13h00.

 


Run Cape Town Does Darling

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Run Cape Town is an eco-active tourism initiative that offers guided “sightrunning” tours of the city of Cape Town – instead of jumping on a bus, bike or car, we don our sneakers and running gear and run through the streets of Cape Town, seeing the sights and learning about the history, culture and modern day life of the city, all on the run!

Run Cape Town recently paired up with Darling Brew, craft brewers based in Darling, to bring this unique way of exploring a new place to the town of Darling. We offer a half day tour of Darling, which includes the following:

  • 7.5km or 8.5km guided trail run on a beautiful working farm in Darling
  • Olive and Chocolate tasting at Darling Olives on the Yzerfontein Road
  • Wine Tasting at the Darling Wine Shop, Main Road Darling
  • Beer tasting and lunch platter shared between two people at the Slow Quarter, Darling Brew’s tap room in Main Road, Darling

10:00 Meet and start the trail run on the Farm

11:30 Olive and chocolate tasting at Darling Olives, Yzerfontein Road

12:30 Wine tasting at Ormonde Langfontein Street, Darling

13:00pm enjoy a tasty lunch platter and beer tasting back at Slow Quarter, Darling Brew’s tap room, Long Street Darling

Rating: the trail run is not technical, however a moderate level of fitness is required as there are 2 hills on the running route … BUT the sheep, cows, horses & outstanding scenery provide a wonderful distraction from the exertion!

PLEASE NOTE: The trail run can be adapted to a 7.5km or 8.5km distance. It is not a very technical route and is perfect for all levels of runners – the idea is that the guests run at their own pace, so you don’t need to be a super fit runner to enjoy this experience! Your running guide will carry water doing the tour.

  • Walking tours can be arranged where preferred.
  • Tours limited to a minimum of 4, maximum 8 people.
  • Own transport to Darling, as well as between the farms, required.
  • Transfers from / back to Cape Town can be arranged, at an additional cost
contact: Philippa
cell: 072 920 7028
email: runcapetown@gmail.com
web: www.runcapetown.co.za
cost: R360 per person which includes:- the guided trail run with information about the history of Darling and the surrounding area;

– photos which are sent to guests electronically after the tour;

– olive and wine tastings;

– beer tasting and a deliciously healthy lunch platter shared between two people at the Slow Quarter.

Bookings essential

 


Swartbergsvlei 4×4

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Swartbergvlei is situated on the beautiful West Coast route, a convenient 80km’s from Cape Town. They can accommodate 4×4’s, off-road bikes and quad bikes.

The difficulties of the 4×4 and quad trails, range from easy to nearly impossible, to satisfy every level of 4WD trail addiction. You can experience this outdoor adventure whilst enjoying surroundings of fynbos and raw nature.

Once you have conquered the hills, you can enjoy the magnificent bird eye view of Table Mountain and surroundings. After a day’s hard work, kick back and enjoy the braai facilities whilst the kids have fun swimming. Bring along friends and family and enjoy true West Coast hospitality and scenic views.

The following additional facilities are available for your convenience.

  • Braai facilities
  • Toilet facilities
  • Water
  • Power supply
  • Self Catering Accommodation
  • Country Style Venue & Dance Floor
  • Ole se Voete Pub (open on request)

These facilities are available for the hosting of private parties, birthdays, weddings, year end functions, corporate events & outdoor product launches. A cash bar and catering is available on request. Swartbergsvlei Veterane Ploegdag and Swartbergsvlei perderit are held annually during June For more info see the website.

tel: 084 593 2745 (Alicia)
web: www.swartbergsvlei4x4.co.za
email sbvlei@gmail.com

 


Wheels of Time Cycling Trail

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Take a mountain bike ride through time as you explore the rolling hills and coastal plains of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, on secondary roads. This ride is aimed at recreational cyclists who are keen to experience the back roads and beauty of the West Coast, from the seat off a bicycle. Destinations and overnight stops vary and the journey in between is filled with some awesome scenery, and fun riding. Over 2 days (60km), a support vehicle provides you with food and refreshment en route and you can hop on board anytime you feel like taking it easy.

tel: 086 187 2457Cape West Coast Central Office 022 125 0049

 


Wolwefontein MTB Trail

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Wolwefontein is centrally located within the West Coast on the Western side of of the picturesque town of Darling, a town home to a new generation of brew – Darling Brew to be exact.

Approximately 45 mins from Cape Town in the South, Langebaan in the North and 30 mins from Malmesbury in the East.

Wolwefontein is a trail much needed within the West Coast, offering challenging rides on its 21km Red Route for moderate to experienced riders and 11km Green Route for the beginner and less experienced riders.

Each trail incorporates single track, steep climbs, fast descents, switchback corners with berms, ramp-bridges crossing farm fences, rock garden, portaging and a surprise in the Blue Gums where both trails converge.

And the best part is, as soon as you start to get used to the trail, it changes with the seasons, bringing the added benefit to developing your skill and level of experience.

Wolwefontein is highly recommended for all levels of riders, whether you want a morning out in the West Coast or to tackle the route several times and finally kick back with an ice cold brew in Summer or a lekker warm-koffie met beskuit.

address: Wolwefontein Farm: 5km outside Darling on the Yzerfontein road (R315) on your right.
cell: 060 971 0012
email: info@wolwefontein.co.za
web: www.wolwefontein.co.za