West Coast spring flower report – 19 Aug 2011


West Coast Flowerline  –  071 320 7146






LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        On the N7 from Nuwerus towards Bitterfontein.

On the road to Kliprand east of Bitterfontein flowers can also be seen and is approximately 80km from Bitterfontein.Beware it’s a gravel road and one should drive slow.         

Route towards Rietpoort towards the towns of Stofkraal & Molsvlei.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Gousblomme, Perdebosse & Vygies.


HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Fields 

Please note that this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.



LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        R27 west to Vredendal & east to Nieuwoudtville.

On Zandkraal farm (Maskam Guestfarm) various routes to see flowers aswell.

Urionskraal road, Gifberg road and Kobee road. One can also do a cirular route – Mouerskop.

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Karoo Daisy/Poublommetjies (Osteospermum); Purple Vygies; Beetle Daisy (Gorteria), Yellow and Purple Hongerblom (Senecio) Skaapbos (Tripteris) Perdeblom& Perdebos(Didelta) Fields of Froetangs, Sporries,Bobbejaantjies,Weeskinders.     


HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Fields

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.



          Name: Succulent Show

          Date & Time: August and September 2011 Every Day 08:00 – 17:00

          Venue: VANRHYNSDORP

          Admission: R10.00 PP

          Contact detail: 0272191062 



LOCATION OF FLOWERS:         From Klawer along the R362 & the R363 towards Vredendal.

Along the R363 from Vredendal towards Lutzville. Along the R362   towards Strandfontein & Doringbaai.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Purple & white vygies , yellow perdebosse, namaqua daisies (white & orange) & gazania’s.



HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Fields

Please note that this is someone’s    (Fields here and there with patches all over)

perception, and not a guarantee.





LOCATION OF FLOWERSIN TOWN: around Reenblomstreet and Ou Kaapse weg,VredeOordCemetery,RamskopNatureGarden.

OUT OF TOWN: Biedouw Valley, R364 from Clanwilliam towards Nieuwoudtville over the Pakhuis Pass and the Botterkloof Pass, N7 between Clanwilliam and Citrusdal, Ou Klawer pad from Clanwilliam towards Klawer, Nadouwsberg, Boskloof.        


TYPE OF FLOWERS: AtRamskopNatureGarden you can find more than 350 diffirent species flowering at the moment. Other areas mentioned above have the following flowers:      Elandsvy, Kapokbos, Jakkalsblom, Wit Soe, Jakkalsbos, Clanwilliam madeliefie, gousblom, Haarbos, Perdebos, ridderspoor, pietsnot, skildpadbessie, Muraltia Heistra, Hongerblom, sambreetljie, kalkoentjies, sporrie, bokbaaivygie, vygiebos, kappieblommetjie, osteospermum pinnatum, dassiegousblom, berggousblom, botterblom,




HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Fields / Plenty 

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.



          Name: ClanwilliamWild Flower Show

          Date & Time: 25 to31 August 2011

          Venue: Old Dutch ReformedChurch (Blomkerk), Clanwilliam

          Admission: R30 for adults, R25 for pensioners, R5 for children

          Contact detail: cederberg@lando.co.za – 027 482 2024 – www.clanwilliamwildflowershow.co.za

For photos and feedback, also visit the following blog: http://citysearchblog.yellowpages.co.za/citysearchblog/post/459092#more-459092




location of flowersin town :Citrusdal turn off from the N7 to town,

OUT OF TOWN: The Baths turn off;Muller Street turn right,drive straight to Boontjiesrivier towards Boschkloof; Voortrekker Street(ou pad)from Citrusdal towards Clanwilliam, N7 between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam; Beginning of the Cederberg, Algeria turn off towards Cederberg Cottage.

TIPE OF FLOWERS: Katstert(vuurpylfamilie), Proteas/suikerbos, Vygiebosse, Skijlpadbessie(laaste blommetjies), klokkiebos, Heide(Erica glabra), Bokhorinkies/kannetjies, Katstert(aarbossiefamilie), Barroe(lobeliafamilie), Filecia(bloublommetjies), Donkiebos, Kapokbos, Clanwilliamharpuis, Reënblom/Cape rain daisy, Bergmagriet(plenty), Ridderspore, Clanwilliam daisy



    LOCATION OF FLOWERS         On the R364 from Lambert’s Bay towards                                                                                Clanwilliam.

Erven in town. Golf Club. Suurfontein.

TYPE OF FLOWERS                  Vygies (Lampranthus sp), white daisies (Arctotis                                                                  merxmuelleri). Pietsnot (Grielum humifusum) Sorrel (Oxalis                                                  sp).

HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Patches 

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.






LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        On the R399, all along the road from Piketberg to Velddrif.

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     A variety of Ramnas, Gousblom, Namakwa Daisies, Geel siering and Hongerblom (Senecio).

HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Patches 

Please note that this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee.


LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Along the N7, from Koringberg towards Piketberg.

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     A variety of Namakwa daisies, geel siering and hongerblom ( Senecio).


HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Plenty / Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.



LOCATION OF FLOWERSVygielaan and Bergrivier Golfcourse, open piece between                                Jakaranda street and Tecoma avenue, open plots in town, tar road to                                     Dwarskersbos. Tarred road (R399) between Velddrif and Piketberg.


TYPE OF FLOWERS: White, yellow, orange Gousblomme. Botterblommetjies. Geelbobbejaantjies, yellow surings, Astertjies,  white reënblommetjies/rain flowers, red katsterte (on the road to Dewarskersbos)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Patches 

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.






LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        In town on vacant plots (Mainly Sand and Oakroad)

Next to library whole field covered

On road to Langebaanweg (R45)

1st 25km from Hopefield to Velddrift on the


Drive slowly along road.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     White & Orange Gousblomme (Daisies) Patches, Arumlilies (along river), Skilpadbessiebos (New name Muraltia Spinosa), Protea (Sugarbush) Few, Bloupypies (In roadbushes) Few,  Drumsticks (Mauve Verbenas) Patches, Duinebessiebos (New name Muraltia Scoparia), Sewedae Geneesbossie) Patches  (Groen bos met blou blommetjies), Bruin Salvia (Bruin Saliebos) Patches, Geel Hongerblom, Bitoubos, Restios, Pers Cineraria, Bokbaaivygies, Volstruisdoring, Pers Vygiebosse


HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Patches / Few

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.



          Name:                            Hopefield Fynbosskou

          Date & Time:                 25-28 Augustus 2011

          Venue:                           Hopefield Sportklub

          Admission:                    Gratis by hek. Betaal slegs om blommesaal te besigtig.

R15 Volwassenes, R12 Seniors, R5 Kinders

          Contact detail:             Fiona Kotze 0227830856 (Leave message on answering

machine if necessary)/ 0832862457

Lizelle Strydom 0227231720 / 0731876764



LOCATION OF FLOWERS: +3km from the main road.



TYPE OF FLOWERS: Bietou/Chrysanthesmoides,Geel Melkbos/E Maritanica,Ossierapus/O                                                    Cylindrica, Soetkopdikblaar/S sarcoides,Rotsvygie/C rostrata.



Flowershop open from 11H00 – 15H30

Contact Detail: Koos & Elise Claasen: 022 715 3116




Location of Flowers   :Langebaan Gate to Seeberg Hide

Type of Flowers         :Orange gousblom, Yellow Suring, Skilpad Tebossie(Yellow),

Sukkelbossie(Whtie Flower),Bobbejaankool(Yellow Flower),

Spinnekopblom Stems, Hongerblom(Yellow & Pink).

Location of Flowers    :Road Langebaan Gate to Geelbek:

Type of Flowers          : Kaopkbossie(White Flower),Bobbejaankool (Yellow flower)

Strand Sallie(Brown Flower),Harpuisbos/Euryops(Yellow

Flower),Restio/Riet(Brown Flower),Blombos(White Flower),

Geelmelkbos(Yellow Rossete).

Location of Flowers   :Geelbek

Type of Flowers      : Pink Hongerblom,Restio/Riet(Brown Flower).

Location of Flowers  :Road to Geelbek to Kraalbaai

      Type of Flowers   :Bietou(Yellow Flower),Blombos(White Flower),

Geelmelkbos(Yellow Rossete),Strand Salie(Brown Flower),

Rooi Naeltjie,Truitjie(Red Flower).

Location of Flowers  : Kraalbaai to Tjaarbank

Type of Flowers        : All the above shrubs.Helder Kuip Vygie(Yellow Flower)

Vygiebos(Bright Purple),Ice Plant,Suring/Sorrel(Yellow &Pink)

Location of Flowers  :Postberg Gate Left to Plankiesbaai

Type of Flowers        :Suring/Sorrel(Yelllow&Pink),Reenblommetjies,

Eendekos(Yellow button flower),Vygiebos(Bright Purple)

Pronk Tulp/Tulip(Pink),Petsnot(Yellow Flower).

Location of Flowers  :Road between Langebaan & Saldanha

Type of Flowers        : Reenblommetjies (White)

      HOW MANY FLOWERS:   Plenty / Patches 




LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        On smallholding Pelgrimsrust just before Patrnoster.


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     Trachyandra falcate (Namakwa Kool)

Trachynadra ciliate (hotnots Kool/Wildeblomkool)

Ornithogalum cooperi (Geldbeursie)

Danbeya zeyheri (Bobbjaanhoek)

Romulea elliptica (Vredenburg Froetang)

Lapeirousia jacquinii (blou Koringblom)

Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy)

Carpobrotus edulis (Suurvy)

Othonnacoronopifolia (sand Bobbejaankool)

Arctotheca calendula (Seepampoen)

Arctotis hirsuta (Gousblom)

Dimorphoteca pluvialis (Reenblommetjie)

Arctopus echiniatus (Platdoring)

Ballota Africana (Kattekruie)

Oxalis luteola (geel Suring)


HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Patches 

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.

LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        On the road between Paternoster and St Helena Bay. Beware                                                it’s a gravel road and one should drive slow.    


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                     GLachenalia unicolor (pers Vioolltjie),Zantedeschia aethiopica (Varkblom),  Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy)

Carpobrotus edulis (Suurvy),Ruschia tecta (regop Vygie)

Cotula turbinate (Ganskos),Arctotis hirsuta (Gousblom),Arctotis stoechadefolia (kus Gousblom)

Oncosiphen suffruticosum (Stinkkruid)


LOCATION OF FLOWERS: CapeColumbine Nature Reserve otherwise known as Tietiesbaai


TYPE OF FLOWERS       :            Albuca flaccida – slang Tamarak,Albuca juncifolia – klein Tamarak,Arctotheca calendula – Cape weed,Ballota africana – Kattekruid,Carpobrutus acinaciformis – Elandsvy ,Chrysanthemoides monilifera – Bietou,Cotula coronopifolia – Eendekos,Cynanchum africanum – Bobbejaantou,Cysticapnos vesicarius – Klappertjie,Didelta carnosa – see Gousblom,Dimorphotheca pluvialis – Reenblommetjie,Dorotheanthus bellidiformis – Bokbaai Vygie,

Euphorbia arceuthobioides – klein Steenbokbos,Ferraria crispa – Spinnekopblom,Grielum humifusum – Pietsnot,Gymnoidiscus capillaris – Geelkruid,Hemimeris sabulosa – sand Geelgesiggie,Hermannie anifolia – bos Poproos ,Indigofera complicata – silver Lewertjie,Lampranthus vredenburgensis – Vredenburg kruip Vygie,Various other typs Mesembryanthemaceae,Limeum africanum – Koggelmandervoet,Microloma sagittatum – Bokmaellie,Nemesia versicolor – bont Leeubekkie / Weeskindertjies,Oxalis pes-caprea – Suring / Sorrel,Pelargonium fuldigum – rooi Malva,Salvia africana-lutea – strand Salie,Senecio aloides – groot Dikblaar,Senecio sarcoides – soet Dikblaar,Sutherlandia frutescens – Kankerbos,Tetragonia namaquensis – Namaqua Kinkelbossie,Thesium spinosum – steek Groenbasbossie,Trachyandra ciliata – Wildeblomkoo,Trachyandra falcata – Namakwa Kool,Zygophyllum spinosum – Spekbos.


HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Patches

Please note that this is someone’s

perception, and not a guarantee.





SAS Nature Reserve           : Moreson and Baviaansberg.

(Gravel road to the Reserve): Behind the Farm House


TYPE OF FLOWERS             : White Daisies

                                               Yellow Vygies      


HOW MANY FLOWERS       :    Plenty



TYPE OF FLOWERS            HOW MANY FLOWERS            LOCATION                           


Oxalis pes-caprae Surings                     Patches                  Throughout town

Arctosis hirsute Gousblom                    Patches                  Around Da Gama Monument

Hermannia alnifolia bos Poproos            Patches                  Around Da Gama Monument

Senecia maritimus strand Hongerboom Plenty                    Along entire coastline

Dimorphotheca pluvialis Reënblommetjie                   Plenty           Throughout town

Mesembryanthemum guerichianum Lizard plant          Patches         Coastline through town

Pelargonium capitatum kus Malva          Patches                  Britannica Heights

Berkheya rigida Disseldoring, Krammedik         Patches         Britannica Heights

Bulbina annua geel Kwassie, Kopieva      Patches                  Britannica Heights

Eriocephalus africanus Kapokbossie        Patches                  Britannica Heights

Heliochrysum revolutum strand Sewejaartjie     Patches         Britannica heights

Lessertia frutescens Kankerbos               Patches                  Britannica Heights

Salvia Africana-coerulea bloublom Salie Patches                  Britannica Heights

Trachyandra muricata rolbos Kool          Few                       Britannica Heights


Name:                  Flower Power Arts & Crafts & Food Market      

Date:                    Saturday 27 August 2011

Time:                             10:00 – 14:00

Venue:                 Shelley Point Hotel, St Helena Bay

Admission:           Free

Contact detail:     Karin Board 082 215 8423 / Margie Burgoyne 072 029 9084




LOCATION OF FLOWERS:        Darling Renosterveld Reserve (At top of village behind                                                                  theDarlingPrimary School);

                                                            Darling Groenekloof Reserve (R315 alongside the SPCA                                                                  premises)

                                                            Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein)

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                 Groenekloof: is now really worth a visit – after the fire last year                                                  the flowers are so much more visible and in profusion. It is still a                                                   little early for most of the bulbous varieties but numerous buds are                                               now evident.

                                                Oxalis; Romuleas; groot tulp (Moraea flaccida); the odd bloupypie (Gladiolus gracilus); clumps of orange gousblom (Arctotis); Gazania; Arums /varkblom (Zantedeschia) are well developed, as are Euphorbia and veldsuring (Rumex); yellow eendekos (Cotula), and of course the white ones, ganskos; viooltjies (Lachenalias); Spiloxene, Drosera, Lachenalia, Trachyandra, Moraea, Lapeirousia, Gladiolus, Wachendorfia,  Indigofera, Muraltia,  Tripterus, Felicia, Dimorpotheca,

Flowering bushes: Roemenaggie (Struthiola) bushes; Metalasia; poproos (Hermannia);   bokmaellie (Microloma); platannadoring (Arctopus); lots of the geel klapperbrak (Tetragonia herbacea) and wit kinkelbos (Tetragonia nicgrescens); wilde knoffel (Tulbaghia Capensis); tabakbos (Senecio pubigerous);

Most of the above will be evident in the other reserves and fields and more will be visible in the upcoming days.

Tienie Versveld Reserve – as impressive as Groenkloof                                                                    because it was also burnt.

Renosterveld Reserve – worth visiting but it is rather                                                              impenetrable in places with many bushes.  Many varieties can be                                                  seen along the paths but if visitors are prepared to go off the                                                      pathways they will see a greater variety in bloom.

HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Patches 

Please note that this is someone’s  perception, and not a guarantee.


LOCATION OF FLOWERS:       Burgherspost Wine Estate Nature Reserve


Wildflower game drives at Burgherspost Nature Reserve.

Please book in advance – Contact Jacques vd Merwe  Conservation Manager

Tel: 022 492 2830   Fax: 086 653 7479  Cell: 084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za   www.burgherspost.co.za   www.cloof.co.za


TYPE OF FLOWERS:                Cape rain daisies (Dimorphoteca pluvialis); Bloupypies (Gladiolus carinatus, G. gracilis) ; Geelpypies (Gladiolus trichonemifolius); Rooipypies (Gladiolus watsonius); Uintjies (Morea tripetala, Morea speciosa); Tulpe (Morea minuata, Morea flaccida); Sporries (Heliophylla africana) ; Bobbejaantjies (Babiana ambigua); Leipoldt-se-bobbejaantjie (Babiana leipoldtii);  Pajamabush (Lobostemon fruticosa) ; Skilpadbessiebos (Muraltia spinosa) Rotstert (Babiana rigens)

HOW MANY FLOWERS:                     Plenty

(Please note that this is someone’s perception, and not a guarantee)


Roadsides along the R315 (Darling –Yzerfontein road) and along                                                   the West Coast RoadR27

Roadsides along the R307 (Atlantis – Darling)

TYPE OF FLOWERS:                 white rain daisies (dimorphoteca pluvialis); orange arctotis

Lewertjies (indigofera); bloupypies

Oxalis – all different types and colours; yellow vygies


HOW MANY FLOWERS:           Patches 

Please note that this is someone’s      perception, and not a guarantee.





               Name:                           Darling Wildflower Show

            Date & Time:                   16 – 18 September 2011

9am  – 5 pm  daily

            Venue:                                      Darling Sports Club

            Admission:                      Adults R25 scholars R15 / Special discount for pensioners R15 ONLY on Friday

(The entrance fee includes entry to the landscaped hall as well as a free ride on a tractor drawn wagon to see the Oude Post wetland )

            Contact detail:                 Enquiries Con Meyer cell 084 916 111

Stalls:     Ingrid Wilson 083 655 4237

            Name:                                    Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show

            Date & Time:                   15 – 18 September 2011

9am – 5pmdaily

            Venue:                                      Oudepost Farm Darling

            Admission:                      Adults R25 scholars R15 / Special discount for pensioners R15 ONLY on Thursday and Friday                                               Contact detail:                 022 492 2606 info@duckittnurseries.com


 For updated weather reports, you may visit the following websites:


www.yr.no            www.accuweather.com   www.windguru.com             www.fallingrain.com   www.weathersa.co.za





What’s happening in Darling during May 2011?


Groote Post, the historic wine farm on the West Coast, presents a wine experience with a difference. Groups, of between 10 and 20, are entertained in the Private Room of the Manor House to a wine tasting in which the farm owners give a brief presentation on the history of the farm dating back to 1706. The talk includes anecdotal references to Hildagonda Duckitt, doyenne of South Africa’s cook book writers, whose “Diary of a Cape Housekeeper” is an account of her growing up as the hostess of the Groote Post farm in the 1860s. Guests enjoy 4 white cultivars and a starter followed by a tasting of 4 red wines and a main course followed by a dessert.

Bookings are essential and can be booked through the cellar on 022 492 3430 or e-mail: mclaughlin@worldonline.co.za.


Evita se Perron

To find out what’s on the programme during this month, please visit www.evita.co.za  or contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za 

The Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00. for visitors to enjoy the vibe.

Saturday 07 May

Open house at Duckitt Nurseries from 9h00 until 12h00.   These Open Days take place every first Saturday of the month May – November. Admission is free. Complimentary tea and coffee. Various orchid pot plants, spikes and accessories for sale in pack shed. Debit and credit card facilities available. One of the greenhouses will be open to the public. Contact: 022 492 2606 or e-mail:  info@duckittnurseries.com www.duckittnurseries.com

Please be advised that the Orchid Shop on the Oudepost Farm, will be open from May until October – Monday until Thursday – 09h00 until 12h00. The Orchid Shop has a variety of orchid pot plants and accessories for sale. Orchid flower orders can also be done directly through Lynne. Contact: Lynne Duckitt at 022 492 2368 (The Orchid Shop is separate fromDuckitt Nurseries)

MOTHERS DAY:- Sunday 08 May 2011

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve – Mother’s Day Menu

Fresh Home-Made Bread / Cream Mushroom Soup


Leg of Lamb in Mint Infused Gravy / Pork & Dried Fruit Stew / Deep Fried Hake

Vegetables in Season / Roast Potatoes/ Savoury Rice

Apple & Pecan Nut Salad / French Salad / Curry Green Bean Salad


Tiramisu / Cappuccino Mouse


R175 per person R75 per child under 12 years

(Reservations essential) 022 451 2824/072 356 4797


It’s Mother’s Day at Lelieblom

Treat your wife and/or mother to a lovingly prepared, relaxing, laid back and traditional Mother’s Day Lunch on the farm!

Let us spoil her, make her day special…WHY… because…she DESERVES it!

R180.00p/p Children under 12 R75.00 p/c

Bring own wine.

Every Mom will receive a small gift from Lelieblom

Please book in advance: Karen 082 573 7736 karen@lelieblom.co.za



Mother’s Day @ the Marmalade Cat


Smoked Salmon Potato cakes

Spinach and Ricotta crepes


A choice of:

Lamb shanks served on mustard mash

Coq Au Vin on creamy mash

Bombaystyle fish on Basmati rice

Country veg bake


Crème Bruleè

Lemon Meringue

R130-00 per person Bookings 022 492 2515


Sunday 15 May 2011

Owen Brits accompanied on piano by Rika Steenkamp performs at Lelieblom

12:30FOR 13H00

Join us for an afternoon of glorious and heavenly music!  Sit back, relax and  sooth your senses while Owen and Rika transport you to a world filled with angelic music, perfoming  a repertoire of light  classical  works for flute and piano from well known composers like Bach, Rachmaninov, Telemann, Chaminade and Bizet,


Owen Britz obtained his B Mus degree from the University of the Free State in 1999 majoring in piano, always being in love with the flute it was a natural progression from the piano to the flute.

Owen obtained the UNISA Performer’s Licentiate in Music (Flute) cum laude in 2010.

He has premiered works by Hendrik Hofmeyr and Christo Jankowitz and has performed as soloist at the Darling Music Experience, Voorkamerfest and various other concerts and events.

 Owen is currently working on his Masters degree in Performance at the University of Cape Town.

 Rika Steenkamp obtained her B Mus degree and Diploma in Organ music at the University of Potchefstroom. Rika’s love for organ started from the age of 14 and since the age of 15 was instructed by Marthie Koornhof in piano and church organ music.

  Rika obtained her Higher Teaching Diploma with honours  from Unisa and accompanies singers, instrumentalists and choirs.

 Recently at the opening concert  of the Darling Music Experience,  Rika accompanied the community choir  singing excerpts of  Rossini’s Petit Mass Solonelle.

R150.00 pp LIGHT LUNCH included Advance booking essential please

Karen Basson 0825737736 E- mail: karen@lelieblom.co.za  www.lelieblom.co.za

Saturday 21 May

Time to get moving if you want to enter the Darling Half Marathon and 5km Fun Run!!

Pack the car with the kids, ouma and yes even the dogs for the annual Darling ½Marathon, 10 km run, 5km fun run and Doggie Dawdle.   Not only is it the canine social event of the year but one in which the whole family can enjoy a happy, fun day in the country.  For the serious fitness lover there is the 21 km run and for those who like to smell the coffee along the way there is plenty of time to walk it.  For those who enjoy a stroll get those feet a-moving with your furry family members and stand in line to win lots of prizes and surprises with stalls, Darling’s famous pancakes and good clean country air.

For more info phone Mary on 0826845575 / 022 492 3401 www.darlinghalfmarathon.co.za


Saturday 21 May

Darling Museum Open Day

Each year the Darling Museum celebrates International Museum Day by holding an Open Day and this year is no exception.

All welcome. Free entrance to the museum on this day.

Time: From 10h00 until 14h00

Traditional Crafters at Work

Local crafters will showcase their talents in a variety of old-fashioned crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving, butter making, flower pressing, beadwork, and much more.

Visitors can watch these crafters as they demonstrate their work and perhaps purchase a San or Xhosa beaded necklace, homemade butter, a mohair spun & woven scarf, etc.  Car Boot Sale

All kinds of interesting items for sale in the parking area opposite the museum! Please contact us if you would like to book a space!

Tea Garden

Bring the family for a treat in our new garden area; tea, coffee, sandwiches and snacks or Boerewors rolls.

 Bring the family, bring friends – discover and enjoy our wonderful museum in Darling!!

For more information phone 022 492 3361 or e-mail info@darlingtourism.co.za.

Saterdag 21 Mei


10:30vir 11h00

Ontmoet vir Ilse Salzwedel in persoon en luister na haar vetellinge van

die stories agter die stories  van haar nuwe  boek  Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee, en hoe die boek ontstaan het. 

Daar is heelwat humor in die boek, en jy sal beslis anders dink oor mense wat hul heil buite SA gaan soek. Dis sommer ‘n informele reis na die res van die wereld.

Moenie die geleentheid misloop om een van ons eie bekroonde skrywers in lewende lywe op Lelieblom  te ontmoet nie! Ilse skryf gereeld artikels vir Rooi Rose Lees gerus haar artikel oor ma’s en dogters en hul lywe in Rooi Rose!

Sukkel jy om jou lyf te aanvaar (of jy nou maer is of minder maer)? Lees dan llse se artikel oor ma’s en dogters en hul lywe in die Rooi Rose wat  op die rakke is. Ilse deel die ware verhale van ‘n paar vroue, en was verstom.

“Ma’s met dogters, ons het ‘n baie belangrike verantwoordelikheid teenoor ons dogters.” se Ilse

Come and meet Ilse Salzwedel in person and listen to the story behind the stories of her new book, “Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee” and how the book came about. The book is humorous and you will surely think differently about the people who looked for their welfare outside SA. It is an informal travel to the rest of the world.

Ilse regularly writes articles for Rooi Rose, such as mothers and daughters and their bodies. Ilse shares true stories of a few women. “Mothers with daughters, we have a great responsibilty towards them.” says Ilse

R100 p.p. ligte verversings ingesluit                                                                    

Bespreking noodsaaklik asseblief Karen 0825737736  karen@lelieblom.co.za
Website: www.lelieblom.co.za

Thurs 26 May

Wildflower Meander

Flora Group walks take place in the Reserves in and around Darling/Yzerfontein as follows:

Darling: the last Thursday of each month with Helene Preston 082 222 8135   .

Yzerfontein: from June on the first Wednesday of each month with Libbes Loubser 022 451 2504.

We explore the reserves for whatever is flowering that day, also to find anything new, and to discuss anything botanical as we go along. These are gently walks, so anyone can come along.


Saturday 29 May

The Darling Country Market

This community market has its home at the Nitrophoska Building in the Main Road of Darling.  The market opens promptly at 10h00 and trades until 12h30. With the emphasis on home made, home grown and hand made; stallholders sell fresh produce, flowers, home bakes, special breads, preserved olives, arts & crafts including pewter and much more…. Why don’t you join us?

Contact Con Meyer 082 927 6225 for information or to book a stall


Please note: Some of these events are subject to change – to avoid disappointment please enquire/make a booking with the contact person above before making arrangements to attend an event

Dianne le Roux

Darling Tourism

+27 (0)22 492 3361



Malgas Lilies in full bloom in Darling

Malgas Lily

Malgas Lily

The Malgas Lily – Ammocharis longifolia – are out in full bloom in Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve after the recent fire and rain, and should be flowering for the next week or so.

Please encourage friends and visitors to take a walk in the Reserve (on the R315 to Yzerfontein) to see this beautiful sight.

You may not see much from the road but take a walk into the reserve and follow the original path to your left.

You’ll also find Haemanthus and Eriospermum flowering

Darling calendar of annual events 2011

Monthly throughout 2011

Duckitt Nurseries Open Day

Date:  First Saturday of every month May to November

Venue: Duckitt Ochid Nursery, Oudepost Farm,R315  Darling

Tel: +27 22 492 2606

E_mail info@duckittnurseries.co.za

Website : www.duckittnurseries.co.za


Darling Country Market

Date: Last Saturday of each month

Time: 9h00 until 12h30

Venue: Nitrophoska Building, Main Road, Darling

Tel: 082 927 6225


February 2011

Darling Music Experience – Concerts in the Country

Date: 25 – 27 February

Venue: Various in Darling

Tel +27 22 492 3996


Darling Cellars Crush day

Date: 26 Feb

Venue: Darling Cellars R315 Darling-Malmesbury

Tel:         022 492 2276


Ride the Wind with the CA2C – Cycle Race
Date: 26 Feb 2011

Venue: From Clara Anna Fontein in Durbanville to Darling



March 2011

Adenco 400 (Absa Off Road Championship)

Date: 11 – 12 March

Venue:  Darling Club, Darling

Tel:         082 8077 797 (Bill Bright)


April 2011

Darling Passion Play

Date: Good Friday 22 April

Time: 16:30 for 17:00

Venue: The Vlei – opposite Evita se Perron, Darling

Tel : 074 369 8212 (Sarie Vlotman)

Admission is free (although donations are always appreciated)


May 2011

The Wonderful Wines of Darling at Trinity Lodge

Date: Every Saturday night in May

Venue: Trinity Lodge

Tel 022 492 3430/083 325 4148 (Shaun Mc Laughlin)



Darling Museum Crafters Day

Date: Sat 21 May

Time: 10h00 until 14h00

Venue: Darling Museum

Tel +27 22 492 3361


Darling Half Marathon

Date: Sat 21 May

Venue: Darling Primary , Kalkoentjie Street Darling

Tel:          Mary Ashford 082 684 5575


July 2011

Xmas in July

Date: Weekends throughout July

Evita se Perron

Tel: Bookings (022) 492 3930



August 2011

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za


September 2011

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za


Darling   Voorkamerfest

Date: 02 – 04 Sept

Venue: Evita se Perron

Tel : Tasha Reid  082 321 7542



Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show

Date: Thurs 15 -Sun 18      Sept

Venue Oudepost Farm, R315 Darling

Tel: (022) 492-2606



Darling Wildflower Show

Date: Fri 16 Sept to Sun 18 Sept

Venue: Darling Club, Jacaranda Street Darling

Tel:         (022) 492-3361



Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za


Renosterveld MTB Cycle Race – Ride the Rhino
Date: 30 September to 2 October 2011
Venue: Three day, stage race starting in Langebaan, Darling, Malmesbury ending in Durbanville.

E-mail info@renosterveldmtb.co.za



October 2011

Rocking the Daisies music festival

Date: 7,8,9 October

Venue:   Cloof Wine Estate, Darling



Darling Gymkhana


Venue    Darling Club, Darling

Tel:         022 492 3013


Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za


November 2011

The Wonderful Wines of Darling at Trinity Lodge

Date: Every Saturday night in November

Venue: Trinity Lodge

Tel 022 492 3430/083 325 4148 (Shaun Mc Laughlin)



December 2011

Evita se Perron Christmas Season

Date : Throughout  Dec

Venue : Evita se Perron, Arcadia Street Darling

Tel: 022 492 3930

E-mail: bookings@evita.co.za




Free Entry into West Coast National Park!

Free Entry into West Coast National Park!

13-17 September 2010

West Coast National Park

Sanparks Week is a chance to get to know your local national park, why its there and be proud of what its doing for conservation. During this week, there is free entry for all South African citizens into the national parks. Please note you are required to show your Identity Documents at gate for free entry.

Free entry at West Coast National Park includes the Postberg section of the park.

Note: Free entry does NOT include hiking trails, accommodation or other commercial activities.

West Coast National Park

Darling Spring Flower Report: 9 Sept 2010


Beautiful flowers are now out in full bloom in all reserves around Darling as well as on roadsides.  It seems that with this year’s peculiar weather it is going to be an exceptional year for the wonderfully scented Blue Pypie, Bobbejaantjies,  Kelkiewyn Moraeas, Romeleas and many others. The yellow and white daisies are also out in abundance

Darling Renosterveld Reserve (At top of village behind the Darling Primary School);

Darling Groenekloof Reserve (R315 alongside the SPCA premises) Park at the SPCA and enter through the small gate in the corner;

Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein);

Contreberg (along R307 to Mamre)

– at all the above reserves visitors need to park their cars and walk in the veld

Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve – farm road through reserve (R307 Darling – Mamre – in front of Duckitt Nursery); No buses

Waylands – farm road through reserve (R307 to Mamre)

Visitors must please take care not to drive off the road in the Waylands and Duckitt Nurseries reserves as the veld is very wet and they may get stuck. No buses.

The Darling Hills road past Groote Post wine estate is looking beautiful at the moment so well worth a drive along there (gravel road but in good condition)

Wildflower game drives at Burgherspost Nature Reserve.

Leaving 9.30 every morning except Sundays and depending on the weather @ R150 pp (min. 2 people) from Cloof Cellar.

Please book two days in advance – Contact Jacques vd Merwe  Conservation Manager  Tel: 022 492 2830   Fax: 086 653 7479  Cell: 084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za www.burgherspost.co.za www.cloof.co.za


Waylands Wild Flower reserve is looking really beautiful. There are lots of the White Stars and Sundews out. We saw a lot of the yellow Ixia and the little yellow Geissorhiza, as well as the very pretty Babejana that look like a Kelkiewyn. We even saw some Kelkiewyn, which is very early for them. All in all it looks as if the flowers are already out for Spring Day! The chincerinchees are out, but not yet in flower. Hopefully they will be opening by the weekend. The late Flax has started flowering, and together with the early Flax which is still out, give the veld a very pretty blue haze. This weather seems to suit the daisies very well, as they are looking particularly colourful this year.

Tienie Versfeld

Awash with white and yellow daisies as well as a large variety of bulb species.

Darling Renosterveld Reserve

Spiloxene (poublom), muggiegras (acrosanthes); sneeuvygie (pharnaceum) bokbaaivygies, yellow spiloxene; purple romulea; orange romulea; pink ixias just starting, bloukappie (sparaxis) butterfly lily (wachendorfia) will be out soon; lewertjie (indigofera); lachenalias also starting, moraeas, a few bloupypies, bontrokaandblom (hesperantha); hermannia (poproos); sandgeelgesiggie (hemimeris) Reserve is bushy and visitors must walk off the path to see best flowers – walk to right in front of reservoirs

Darling Groenekloof Reserve:

Hermannia (lanterns-Poproos), Arctotis (daisies), Drossera (Snotroesie), Chlorophytum, Moraeari tripetala (blue), Homeria flaccida (Moreaea), Indigofera (Lewertjie), Dimorphotheca pluvialis (rain daisies) , Muraltia, Arums, Lachenia, Oxalis, yellow Spiloxene – all looking good – people must walk through and around the reserve to see.

Duckitt Nurseries Reserve:

Masses of blue flax (Heliophila); white raindaisies (dimorphotheca pluvialis); yellow cape daisies; bloupypies (gladiolus gracilus); hermannia (poproos); bobbejaantjie (babiana); gifkool (chlorophytum undulatum) and in the dam rhysblommetjie (onixotis atricta)

Burgherspost Wine Estate & Cloof Wine Estate:


Bloupypies (Gladiolus carinatus) – widely distributed, one-one

Cape rain daisies (Dimorphoteca pluvialis) – starting to come out now

Botterblomme (Arctotis breviscapa) – here and there, not abundant

Babiana ambigua – a beautiful little bulb starting to flower now – never abundant, but nice to see.

Gymnodiscus capularis – weedy – loads on the old fields – tiny yellow flower

Ganskos – Cotula turbinatata – also a weedy – loads along the sides of the roads and on old fields

Sugarbush (Protea repens & Protea burchelli) – almost at the end of its season.


Geel pypies (Gladiolus trichonemifolius) – dense patch in the wetlands – smells really nice

Leipoldt-se-bobbejaantjie (Babiana leipoldtii) – Critically endangered – quite a few – one-one

Sterretjies (Spiloxene spp.) – patches here and there.

Bleek Viooltjies (Lachenalia mutabilis) – nice little bulb flowering in patches here and there.

Leucodendron lanigerum – flowers throughout the year, but looks at its best now – not a colorful shrub, but very rare and has some interesting value.


Name: Darling Wildflower Show

Date & Time: 17 – 19 September 2010

9am  – 5 pm  daily

Venue: Darling Sports Club

Admission: Adults R25 scholars R15 / Special discount for pensioners R15 ONLY on Friday

Contact detail: Enquiries 022 492 3361 info@darlingtourism.co.za

Stalls:     083 655 4237

Name: Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show

Date & Time: 16 – 19 September 2010

Venue: Oudepost Farm

Admission: Adults R25 scholars R15 / Special discount for pensioners R15 ONLY on Thursday and Friday

Contact detail: 022 492 2606 info@duckittnurseries.com

Darling Wildflower Show Info

Here is more information on the upcoming Darling Wildflower Show (17 – 19 September 2010) and the Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show (16 – 19 September 2010). A map of the Flower Reserves is included for your convenience.

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Click to enlarge: Flower Show brochure 2010

Click to enlarge: Flower Show brochure 2010