Boston, Natal Midlands

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.

Travellers' Reviews

1 Review from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewvery good

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 local people are friendly and the surroundings really wonderful. Also, it is close to Durban, so we enjoyed being based here but still having easy (and fairly quick) access to all the tourist attractions of Durban, especially the beaches.

Umelda (Port Elizabeth)

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options

Things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Find accommodation in Boston

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / KwaZulu Natal Accommodation / Natal Midlands Accommodation / Boston Accommodation

Boston as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Boston property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.