The picturesque village of Bulwer is towered over by the mighty Amahaqwa Mountain which means "misty one" in Zulu. Bulwer is the centre of a large forestry industry, with the tourism industry a close second. The village was built in 1885 and named after Sir Henry Bulwer, the Lieutenant Governor of Natal from 1875 – 1880. There is not very much to this little town of Bulwer, yet it is an ideal destination for those seeking peace and quiet and good country fare.

The slopes of the Amahaqwa Mountain are rated as one of the best paragliding and hang gliding sites in South Africa. There are resident paragliding and hang gliding schools in Bulwer that offer visitors the opportunity for tandem flights with qualified professionals, as well as fully accredited training courses, and a variety of equipment on sale.

For nature enthusiasts there is the nearby Impendle Nature Reserve with its deep gorges, waterfalls, rocky pools, and tranquil forest. Various species of lilies, irises and orchids can be seen on the rocky hills and grasslands, as well as along the banks of the stream. There are also nine small perennial earth dams and a number of springs in the reserve. Bird life here is prolific and sightings of the endangered Cape parrot are not unusual. Other activities in and around Bulwer include abseiling, mountain biking, tubing, rafting and kayaking, bird watching, horse riding and hiking trails.


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. Since unpredictable snowfalls can occur in Bulwer at any time throughout the year it is advisable to pack some warm winter woollies, "just in case".

How to get there

Follow the R56 from Middelburg through to Ixopo, take the R612 and travel straight past the village of Creighton and Donnybrook. Turn right on the R617 to Bulwer, (Odometer 742km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg straight through Ixopo, take the R612 and travel straight past the village of Creighton and Donnybrook. Turn right on the R617 to Bulwer, (Odometer 146km).

Getting Around

Self-drive would be best.

Where to Stay

Country accommodation is available both in the village and the surrounding area. Try the Mountain Park Hotel, Umzimkulu River Lodge, Ashtonvale Guest Farm, Wild Sky Paragliding School and Lodge and the Nip Inn (wooden cozy cabins with caravan and camping sites available).

Where to Eat

Most accommodation establishments in an around Bulwer provide meals for their guests. Try out the “Murder Mystery Dinners” theme evening or a traditional pub lunch at the Mountain Park Hotel.


Eastern Cape: Middelburg Karoo, Cradock, Schoombee, Hofmeyr, Venterstad, Steynsburg, Burgersdorp, Molteno, Aliwal North, Queenstown, Lady Grey, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, Barkly East, Rhodes, Ugie, Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Matatiele, Cedarville.
KwaZulu-Natal: Swartberg, Kokstad, Harding, Umzimkulu, Ixopo, Bulwer, Richmond, Baynesfield, Camperdown, Pietermaritzburg.