The well-established forests of KwaZulu-Natal's Boston and Bulwer regions, known as the Boston Bulwer Beat, provide the perfect setting for picturesque country hotels and guesthouses, where a scenic hike is juxtaposed with the thrill of river kayaking, mountain biking, hang-gliding and paragliding.

Did you know?

The foot of the Amahaqwa Mountain in Bulwer is a world-renowned paragliding site.

The Boston Bulwer Beat encompasses the villages of Boston, Bulwer and upper Dargle, which beckon to travellers from the forested foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains.

This region of KwaZulu-Natal offers the city-weary traveller natural beauty and serenity. Set amid rolling hills, lush forests and tranquil lakes, it's an ideal destination for those in need of a gentle time-out.

The well-established forests of Boston and Bulwer provide the perfect setting for picturesque settlements run by hospitable locals. Whether it’s a quaint country hotel, guesthouse, B&B, self-catering cottage or backpackers’ lodge, all your options are covered.

If the quiet serenity of a scenic walk or bird-spotting outing is not your cup of tea, get your adrenalin pumping with a challenging river-rafting session or tackle one of many mountain-biking trails in the area.

Brown trout and rainbow trout abound in the streams and dams, providing ample sport for fly fishermen. The region is also home to the endangered blue swallow and Cape parrot, much to the delight of twitchers.

Calm, stable weather conditions have helped to establish Bulwer as the hang-gliding and paragliding capital of South Africa. Two schools offer training in these extreme sports.

Gold- and silversmiths, and wrought-iron works, are an added attraction in the region, along with basketry and home-produce outlets.

Just over an hour's drive from Durban, the Boston Bulwer Beat offers a perfect weekend getaway.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Tourism KZN
Tel: +27 (0)31 366 7500
Fax: +27 (0)31 305 6693
Email: info@zulu.org.za

Wild Sky Paragliding
Tel: +27 (0)82 395 3298
Email: info@wildsky.co.za

How to get here

Boston and Bulwer are on the R617 from Pietermartizburg. The closest airport is King Shaka International Airport a half an hour north of Durban, or an hour and a half's drive from Pietermartizburg along the N2.

Best time to visit

Winter can be cold with snow, but if that's what you enjoy, then May, June, July and August are your months.

Get around

Hiring your own vehicle would be best, to allow you to explore the area at your own pace.

What to pack

Even on a hot summer's day weather conditions in the lower Drakensberg can change drastically and suddenly, so take warm clothing.

Where to stay

There are numerous B&Bs, country lodges and self-catering establishments in the area.

What to eat

Enjoy the old wood stove, friendly atmosphere and excellent food at the Bird in the Barley pub in Bulwer.