Aside from a little supermarket, a smattering of houses, a Build and Save and an Engen garage, there is not very much to the little town of Bulwer, through which the R617, one of the main routes into the southern Drakensberg, passes.
But then the main reason for being here is not to visit the town. A village like Bulwer serves little other purpose than to refuel, both your car and possibly your food supplies, before entering the wilderness and beauty that is the Drakensberg. Although the little Yellow Wood church, built in 1886, is probably worth a slow drive-by. And the Sappi office is evidence of the huge forestry industry in and around Bulwer.
Bulwer Mountain, also known as Amahaqwa Mountain (misty one), is the major backdrop to the town of Bulwer, famous for its paragliding and hang gliding potential and fun flying mainly due to its easy toplanding; most people then land in a field just behind the garage on the south side of town.
The mountain forms part of the foothills of the Drakensberg and the area around here is particularly beautiful - lush, rolling hills, forests, lakes, dams and almost immediate access to a peace and quiet claimed in very few parts of the world. Around Bulwer you'll find beautiful farms set in restored farmhouses, rustic cottages, lodges, campsites and quaint country hotels that serve as peaceful retreats and havens away from it all. Bird life here is prolific and sightings of the endangered Cape parrot, surprisingly, are not unusual.
Those who live around Bulwer swear that the foothills of the berg offer an incomparable tranquility and hospitality, and you would be hard pushed to find a place that refreshes and rejuvenates in quite the same way.
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"Bulwer is perfect for visitors seeking solace with stunning views. It's also a good accommodation base when you want to explore the Drakensberg because it's ..." - R Jacobs, Cape Town
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Bushmans Nek can be found in the southern region of Kwazulu Natal's Drakensberg. Reedbuk, Eland, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebok and Oribi are often spotted here as are Dassie, Porcupines and Rock Hyrax. The birdlife is also abundant and if you are lucky may cast your eyes upon the Black ... more information
There aren’t that many things in South Africa that you can say are unique or world class, but the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir is one of them. Doors opened in 1965 to the first 20 pupils. The dream was of a multi-racial, multi-cultural Choir School to rival the Vienna Boys. Not in ... 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
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
The Royal Natal National Park was proclaimed in 1916, and contains some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa. The main feature of Royal Natal is the Amphitheatre, a rock wall about 5km in length, and approximately 1000m in height between the Sentinel (3 165m) and Eastern Buttress ... more information
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