The Boston, Dargle, Impendle Community Tourism Organisation was started in 2018 by interested owners and managers of tourist establishments such as self catering cottages, B&B’s, hotels and farm stays in the KZN Midlands region of South Africa.
Together with the Impendle Municipality, we have created an environment that caters to all tourists, both local and overseas, which will draw more tourists to our area, thus creating awareness of our local establishments as well as creating more jobs for our local.
This site provides some information about establishments or activities in the area, but we do not make any bookings nor do we have rates or booking calendars for establishments in the area, that is up to you to find – click on the websites below which you can browse, find reviews etc so that you can be confident in any place which you are booking to stay at.
We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful area!
- "BDI Tourism Volunteers" -
The Boston, Dargle and Impendle area is just over an hour’s drive from Durban in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, on the R617 road towards the Southern Drakensberg.
Rolling hills, lush forests, lakes, waterfalls and dams, creates an ideal route for those seeking both peace and the thrill of adventure. The villages of Boston and Impendle, and the area of Darlge, are hubs of activity with hiking, walking, fishing, birding, cycling, horse riding and off road motorbike riding and not too far from our area, para and hang-gliding in Bulwer - 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.
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.
Picklepot Cafe is the tranquil "middle of nowhere" destination that travel-weary drivers look for around each corner whilst traveling the R617 between Howick and Bulwer.
The legendary scones and cream, sublime salads, homemade burgers, bunnychows and all-day breakfasts, are some of the most popular menu options. The generous portions are beautifully presented and the chefs' attention to detail is remarkable. The owner-manager is a connoisseur of homemade pickles, especially chilli recipes of which there are several varieties to choose from the sample boards served with the meals.
Children delight in the simple joys of the adventure playground set alongside a bubbling stream and indigenous wetland, with catch and release fishing at the little bass dam and a rambling hike through indigenous mistbelt forest available activities too.
Find Picklepot Cafe is alongside the R617 Main Road, which connects the southern Drakensberg towns of Kokstad, Ixopo, Creighton, Underberg and Bulwer with the Midlands Meander, Howick and Pietermaritzburg.
Facebook - Picklepot Cafe
Situated between Boston and Dargle, on the R132.
Restaurant open daily from 8am for breakfast, lunch and tea/coffees and closes at 4.30pm. Pre-booking, before 3pm, for dinner, and arrival no later than 7pm.
Day hiking at R30 per day per person includes tea or coffee afterwards. No booking necessary unless arriving before 8am.
Located between Boston and Dargle, on the R312.
Open daily for breakfasts from 8am until 9.30am.
Police Station, Boston Garage, Boston Cash Store, Buzi Cash & Carry, Forge Agri
Municipal Offices, Public Library, Police Station, Community Hall, Post Office, Super Markets, Clothes Stores
Useful Contact Numbers:
Impendle Municipality - 033 996 0771
Thusong Center - 033 996 0443
Impendle SAPS - 033 996 0851
Social Development - 033 996 0411
Sassa - 033 996 0947
Impendle Library - 033 996 0330
Gomane Clinic - 033 996 0828
IEC - 033 996 0601
Home Affairs - 033 996 0009
Boston T Party
Elvesida Guest Farm
Dargle Forest Lodge
Mount Park Guest Farm
Copperleigh Trout Cottages
Tillietudlem Nature Reserve
Beverley Country Cottages
La Bonne Vie – self catering accommodation, Upper Dargle, Air B’nB
073 244 4467
Star Dam Estate
Luxurious self catering cottages, Upper Dargle / Impendle
064 756 8469
Self catering farm house, Boston
082 450 6792
Self catering cottages, Upper Dargle
8-sleeper, self catering farmhouse
073 1929 527
Home Stays in Inzinga (Impendle)
Home Stay Business – 071 354 6076 / 076 778 1883
Nokulumeia Home Stay – 079 758 7075
Mgoza Home Stay – 079 677 8814 / 078 228 8899
Mama Zuma Home Stay – 082 424 2288