I Love Dargle Because …
Hi, I’m Carol Fynn from Tillietudlum Guest Farm in Dargle.
Dargle IS BEST KNOWN FOR rolling green hills in summer, snow in winter, wild flowers, crystal clear springs and rivers, abundant birdlife and peace!
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN with your trophy trout catch from Elands Dam on the farm or with our beautiful Nguni cattle.
THE BEST scenic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN while walking through the herds of Eland or capturing the magical and abundant birdlife.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO walk or ride around the farm.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO spend a day on the Midlands Meander popping in to the many craft shops and farms on the way – it’s more than just the Dargle as it incorporates Curry’s Post, Lidgetton, Nottingham Road; all part of our Midlands Meander family.
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS Spring, BECAUSE of the promise of everything new, and then there is the snow in Winter, the russets of Autumn – so anytime is a lovely time.
MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS Swissland Cheese – delicious goats milk cheeses made on the farm.
FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST al Fresco on the farm – sitting on the wide verandah and just enjoying!
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS La Lampara in Curry’s Post, TRY anything on the menu – it’s all good!
BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK FROM our kitchen – we tend to get lazy about going out at night when there is a roaring fire and a glass of red wine to be had.
MY FAVOURITE hangout SPOT IS the big rock pool below the lodge – you can stand under the waterfall!
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY heading to a couple of the small pubs on the way to Nottingham Road.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO Tanglewood Country House – it’s friendly and has great ambience.
Dargle’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS its hidden valleys and secret spots that take your breath away.
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS meander for the day – so much to do – and come home in time for our traditional afternoon tea.
TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO sit on the top of the mountain and see the snow on the Berg.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY Karkloof Canopy Tours.
MY FAVOURITE WALK IS to the special forest on the farm that has the rare Cape Parrot.
MY FAVOURITE SHOP IS the Lavender Company – near the little Dargle Church. Their scented bath products take you back again for more and more!
MY FAVOURITE bird WATCHING SPOT IS in the bird hide on the farm watching the arrival of the blue cranes.
MY FAVOURITE GALLERY IS – well there isn’t just one. CHECK OUT Ardmore for it’s world famous pottery, Zulu Lulu Ceramics, Sterlings Wrought Iron … I could go on – it’s worth a visit to this lovely area to check them all out.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS our Colonial House, FOR ITS oak tree – both are 109 years old!
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS Piggly Wiggly Farm Stall; full of interesting shops and a great restaurant.
BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS taking a picnic lunch and just meandering along the roads – there is always somewhere to stop and enjoy. And if you don’t have a picnic basket there are many lovely places to stop and sample delicious little tasties.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO potter around the Dargle, buy some wine from a wine estate, beautiful handwoven rugs, hand turned wooden objects from the Wood Turner …
THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS anybody who is stressed! You can’t be in the Dargle!
MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS right here on the farm – time to watch the Nguni calves playing or the Eland bringing their newborn calves out of the forest.
WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I am involved in a project known at the Muzi Project. The project was started by our son which assists the old ‘gogo’s’ (grandmother in Zulu) who are raising Aids orphans. We also have a sustainable wood cutting project for the community to come and gather firewood.
I Love Dargle Because it is an area of KwaZulu Natal that is quite unique. Lovely people, beautiful scenery and a great spirit of creativity and passion in everything they do. There are so many great places to visit, stay and eat, and the friendliness and warmth of the community will ensure you return again and again!
Tillietudlum Guest Farm
Set on 1600 hectares in a secluded valley on the southern side of the Inhluzane Mountain, in Upper Dargle, KZN Midlands, Tillietudlem offers a unique eco experience with a variety of activities available such fly fishing, birding, horse rides and game walks, and is host to a myriad of wildlife including rare and endangered animal and bird species plus a plethora of wild flowers and indigenous trees. Accommodation is available in two lodges and a cottage.
Piggly Wiggly — +27 (0)33 234‑4323
La Lampara – +27 (0)33 234-4255