Bulwer

Bulwer South Africa

This tiny but warmly welcoming village, nestles at the foot of the Southern Drakensberg just an hour’s drive from Pietermaritzburg Oribi International airport,  and two hours from King Shaka airport in Durban.  Bulwer is adjacent to a declared conservancy of grasslands and indigenous forests, watched over by the beautiful Amahaqwa mountain. The Village was named after Sir Henry Bulwer, lieutenant governor of Natal 1875-1880. These days Bulwer is treasured as a quaint country village with old style buildings.  The areas surrounding Bulwer village and the conservancy are largely traditional Zulu tribal land.  There is a fair amount of forestry in the area, and towards Underberg are dairy and agricultural farms.

Bulwer is 70kms drive from the Sani Pass border post, where many tour operators take tourists up the spectacular Sani Pass,  rich with diverse fauna and flora and unforgettable views.  If you are lucky you will spot the bearded vultures soaring the cliffs next to the Sani Top Chalet.

The area around Bulwer and Amahaqwa mountain provides a lot of off road mountain biking and some wonderful hikes.  There are easy walks through indigenous forests as well as hikes along and up the mountain.  You can view Bushman paintings on one of the hikes.

Wild Sky offers an easy trail through grassland and indigenous forest on the property.  Marutswa forest offers longer walks and is a MUST SEE.

Hikes on the mountain include the dassie trail, the hike up to curtain cave and you can also hike right up to the peaks, which offers a 360 degree view including the Drakensberg.

 

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Historic Buildings

On your way to the Marutswa Forest you will pass the Yellowwood church, one of Bulwer’s most charming and tiny treasures, handcrafted from local trees for the princely sum of �25 in 1886. Services still take place on the first Sunday of each month, and the Carols by Candlelight service is an annual experience not to miss. The village still contains a number of original and restored houses from the 1800′s.

Whatever your choice of past time, wherever you go in Bulwer you will find a country warmth, and an enthusiasm for our beautiful unspoilt village where the skies are crystal clear, with pure clean country air.