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" -

*Map not to scale


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.


In The Area

Forest Walks - KhulaShanti
  • Harmony Day Spa - Dargle Forest Lodge 
  • Enduro Off-Road Motocycle Trails (guided)
  • Trail Runs
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Trout and Bass Fishing
  • Horse-riding – Stormy Hill
  • Rock Art – Impendle
  • Impendle Nature Reserve
  • Loteni Nature Reserve
  • Elephant Leather Works
  • Inzinga Home Stays and Cultural Experience
  • Local Arts and Crafts
  • Indlamu Festival
  • Indigenous Faith – Amabhidiya Mission
  • Midmar Dam (approx. 30kms)
  • The famous Midlands Meander
  • Paragliding at Bulwer – Wild Sky Adventures
  • Forest Walks - KhulaShanti

Mountain Biking

Horse Riding




Picklepot Café

Picklepot Café is the tranquil "middle of nowhere" destination that travel-weary drivers look for around each corner whilst travelling 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 Café 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 Café

Mount Park Guest Farm

Situated between Boston and Dargle, on the P132.
Our Restaurant is open Friday to Sunday from 8 am till 4 pm, for all-day breakfast, meals, and eats and drinks from our menu. Please pre-book before 3 pm for dinner, arriving no later than 7 pm. For midweek restaurant service and functions, we take pre-bookings.

Day hiking through our natural Forests and up the Inhlosane Mountain at R50 per person. No booking necessary unless arriving before 8am.

Dargle Forest Lodge

Located between Boston and Dargle, on the P132.
Open daily for breakfasts from 8am until 9.30am.

The Lapa Café serves breakfasts, light lunches, and dinners
Open to day visitors, pre-bookings Only.
Call us on 083 234 0436 or email: Bookings@dargleforestlodge.co.za

Facilities & Services


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


Calderwood Hall

Guest house ● Weddings & Functions ● Conferences ● Group Accommodation


Boston T Party

Relaxed & Informal ● Long-term stays ● Group Gatherings & Parties


Elvesida Guest Farm

Farm Experience ● Children’s Paradise ● Fishing ● Mountain Biking

Dargle Forest Lodge

Wedding Venue ● Self-catering Cabins ● Glamping tents ● Massages ● Lapa Cafe

Crab Apple

Self-catering Accommodation ● Kilgobbin Forest Walks ● Wedding Chapel ● Pet friendly

Stormy Hill

Horse Riding ● Horse Holidays ● Self-catering Accommodation

Boschberg Cottages

Fly fishing ● Off grid ● Birding ● Nature Walks

Mount Park Guest Farm

Weddings ● Birding ● Hiking ● Forests ● Bull & Speir Restaurant

Copperleigh Trout Cottages

Fly Fishing ● Farm Stay ● Self-catering Accommodation ● Birding


Tillietudlem Nature Reserve

Fly fishing ● Self-catering Accommodation ● Birding ● Nature Walks

Maphanga Lodge


Self Catering Accommodation ● Weddings ● Large Events

Beverley Country Cottages


Farm Stay ● Pet Friendly ● Self-catering Accommodation ● Scenic



La Bonne Vie – self catering accommodation, Upper Dargle, Air B’nB



073 244 4467

Farm Stay ● Self Catering ● River Trout Fishing - Day Visitors Welcome, Bookings Essential ● Birding


Star Dam Estate

Luxurious self catering cottages, Upper Dargle / Impendle



064 756 8469

Luxury Self-catering Accommodation ● Peaceful paradise ● Spectacular Views ● Trout fishing & horse rides


KhulaShanti Sanctuary

Self catering farm house, Boston



082 450 6792

Everwood Estates

Self catering cottages, Upper Dargle


Self catering ● Working Farm ● Thatch Cottages ● Pet Friendly

Picklepot Café

• Breakfasts • Lunches • Kids Playground • Bass Fishing

Old Furth Estate
Upper Dargle
8-sleeper, self-catering Lodge
082 561 0757


Farm Stay ● Hikes ● Stunning Views ● Victorian Teas

Country Cottage -
Self-Catering Cottage



072 592 4097 /
082 701 8266

Self-catering ● Farm ● Scenery ● Wildlife


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