Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Game Reserve in Addo Elephant National Park (55.9 km from Darlington Dam)
About an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth, Addo is a small farming town that's best known for its proximity to the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, which is South Africa's first 'Big Seven' reserve. As well as the usual Big Five - rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo, the park, which extends to the sea and some offshore islands, also...
Kleinpoort (24.5 km from Darlington Dam)
Koffylaagte Game Reserve is a pristine and historic private reserve conveniently situated 130 km from Port Elizabeth. The reserve is named for its colourful history as the resting place of the early settler traders who travelled between the vicinity and what is now known as Nelson Mandela Bay.
The original 1870s farmhouse enjoys spectacular views...
Uitenhage (62.9 km from Darlington Dam)
Located about 8 km out of Uitenhage is the Groendal Wilderness Area, which features many lovely walking trails.
The Blindekloof Trail is 16 km long, which will take about 4 hours to complete. An easy day’s walk, the trail starts from the office parking area, leads through succulent thicket and forest, following the Blindekloof Stream to Crystal...
Galleries and Museums
Uitenhage (71.6 km from Darlington Dam)
The AutoPavilion, place of cars and legends, first opened its doors in 2004. This modern, state-of-the art heritage centre replaced the existing museum that housed Volkswagen SA's old vehicles. The multi-million Rand attraction is unique as it is the only automobile discovery centre in Africa and only the 5th worldwide.
Open Monday to Friday...
Four By Four Trails
Kirkwood (20.1 km from Darlington Dam)
Bedrogfontein Route 4x4 Trail has amazing scenery and also passes the Sundays River. It forms part of the Addo Elephant National Park; it is a self-drive route between Kabouga and Darlington. The 45 km trail requires a 4x4, low range, high clearance vehicle. Bedrogfontein Route has a grading between 2 and 4 and takes approximately 6 hours to...
Addo (37.5 km from Darlington Dam)
Discover the magic of the Karoo with a unique wilderness experience at the exclusive 5-Star Blaauwbosch Private Game Reserve.
Bordering the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, the reserve offers malaria-free wildlife viewing of a wide variety of game.
Professional rangers will introduce you to lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard,...
Kirkwood (39.5 km from Darlington Dam)
Be enchanted by the Harley-Davidson purr and graceful moves of the spotted felines at the Daniell Cheetah Breeding Project.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience offers an interesting, personalised tour and the chance to interact with the cheetah. Visitors are encouraged to touch the cats and have photographs taken with a few of them.
Kirkwood (41.7 km from Darlington Dam)
Crisscross Adventures offer a number of activities in the Addo area. Kick back in an open vehicle through Addo Elephant Park or chose more active pursuits including river safari's, quad biking, sand boarding, hiking, biking, bird watching and photography - all with experienced local guides.
Galleries and Museums
Sunland (61.4 km from Darlington Dam)
Shamrock Chapel is a private owned chapel hosting an historical pipe organ. The organ was built in 1872 and is the first South African built organ. The chapel can seat up to 100 guests and can be used for weddings and organ recitals. It has spectacular views over the Sundays River Valley.
Please note: Visitors by appointment only.
Somerset East (66.2 km from Darlington Dam)
Home to an abundance of wildlife, the Kamala Private Game Reserve offers an attractive safari experience in an area of extraordinary beauty in the Eastern Cape.
Visitors can choose from a mild to wild range of activities ranging from horse trails to zip slides over the gorge.
The diversity of animal, bird and plant life as well as the stunning...
Somerset East (68.4 km from Darlington Dam)
Set on the southern slopes of the Bosberg Mountains, the Bosberg Nature Reserve is a popular destination for hikers.
The densely-wooded nature reserve looms over the lovely dorp of Somerset East. The forest is characterised by lofty Outeniqua yellowwood, white stinkwood, Eastern Cape cabbage trees, wild peach and wild olive trees. Offsetting...
Galleries and Museums
Zuurberg (70.1 km from Darlington Dam)
The original blacksmith at Ann's Villa, established in 1855 is now a registered museum. It was an essential stop for wagons after they had traversed the Zuurberg Pass. Virtually all the original tools are on display. Comprehensive guided tours are offered.
Uitenhage (70.3 km from Darlington Dam)
BallynaFagh Farm offers visitors a relaxing setting to enjoy a wonderful outride on well-schooled horses.
Explore this little bit of African bush and country lanes on horseback. Rides are about 1.5 hours in length with something to suit all levels of experience. If you're new to horse riding, lessons can be arranged.
Uitenhage (70.5 km from Darlington Dam)
Uitenhage Golf Club features a full 18-hole course in the lovely garden city of Uitenhage.
Club facilities include a bar, halfway house, and a boardroom with function facilities. Vistors are welcome everyday.
Uitenhage (70.8 km from Darlington Dam)
Willow Dam is an open area where visitors and locals alike can kick back and relax.
Just a short drive from town, this is an ideal place for picnics. A playground for kids is supplied.