Boston, Natal Midlands
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The little town of Boston is barely distinguishable in its own right. Rather it is linked to Bulwer in what has recently become known as the Boston-Bulwer Beat, just over an hour’s drive from Durban in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains.
The beat links Boston, Bulwer and parts of the Dargle Valley in an area of rolling hills, lush forests, lakes, waterfalls and dams, creating an ideal route for those seeking both peace and the thrill of adventure. Boston is a quaint village just 40 kilometres from Bulwer. Both towns are hubs of activity and hiking, walking, fishing, rafting, birding and para and hangliding - particularly from the Bulwer Mountain, the Mahwaqa Mountain or ‘the frowning one’ - are huge draw cards to this part of the world.
Originally the stamping ground of San hunter-gathers, who moved freely through the southern Drakensberg, Boer settlers made their way here after 1837 on their Great Trek from the Cape Colony to cross these passes and claim what must have looked like a certain kind of Eden to the weary travellers. The Boston Country Club hosts an Annual Spring Fling, a festive occasion that includes mouth-watering food and fun for all. The beat is also synonymous with good food and country fare and there are numerous places to stop to tank up on first-class pub food.
There are over 100 listed bird species that call this region home, three of which - the Wattled Crane, Blue Swallow and Cape Parrot - are on the endangered list. There are only 360 odd breeding pairs of the Cape Parrot still in existence, and once a year the Boston-Bulwer Beat supports the University of Natal in its Cape Parrot Count,- visitors can be ‘sworn in’ as honorary Cape Parrot Scouts.
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"Boston is such a pretty little town, we really enjoyed our time here. You have to enjoy doing outdoorsy things, as this is the appeal of this area. But, the ..." - Umelda, Port Elizabeth
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The source of the uMngeni River lies in the uMngeni Vlei area, an ancient wetland bounded by hills. From here it meanders eastward through undulating pastoral countryside until just before Midmar Dam, where it is joined by the Lions River. Below Midmar Dam the river plunges some 111 metres down ... more information
The Impendle Nature Reserve lies just south of the little town of Impendle, roughly 62 km west of Himeville, in the foothills of the Drakensberg. The nature reserve is made up of former farmland used mostly to graze cattle, but also to grow mielies and other vegetable crops, by colonists who ... more information
The Marutswa Forest is home to the rare Cape parrot. The forest does not lie in the Cape, however, but just outside the little village of Bulwer in KwaZulu-Natal in the Marutswa Nature Reserve. Which gives you an idea of where to find it, but not how beautiful it is. It rains a lot here and the Marutswa ... more information
The enchantment of the Midlands has long inspired many a visitor and resident to creativity and as a result, local artists, potters and weavers combined to create an arts and crafts route in 1985, which was to become the highly successful and popular Midlands Meander. The route stretches ... more information
Ntsikeni Nature Reserve consists of a rather inaccessible vlei lying high on a plateau between Franklin and Creighton, in a section of East Griqualand, in the southern reaches of KwaZulu-Natal. This largely unknown and not often visited reserve lies about an hour's drive south of Himeville ... more information
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