About Us

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 communties.

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" -
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Our Area

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 Dargle, 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 250 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.
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In the Area

  • Massages at Dargle Forest Lodge – By Appointment Only
  • 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
  • Forests Walks and Private Yoga Coaching – KhulaShanti
Mountain Biking
Horse Riding

Eating Out


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 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. Take Aways can also be ordered for collection.

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.

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


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, fee payable at reception which includes refreshments afterwards at the restaurant. No booking necessary unless arriving before 8am.


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: [email protected]

Facilities & Services


Police Station, Boston Garage, Boston Cash Store, Buzi Cash & Carry, Forge Agri, Rox Coffee Company – Boston Garage


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
Accommodation, Boston
Guest house ● Weddings & Functions ● Conferences ● Group Accommodation
Boston T Party
Accommodation, Boston
Guest house ● Functions ● Conferences ● Group Accommodation
Elvesida Guest Farm
Self catering accommodation, Boston
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, Dargle
Self-catering Accommodation ● Kilgobbin Forest Walks ● Wedding Chapel ● Pet friendly
Stormy Hill
Self catering accommodation, Boston/Impendle
Horse Riding ● Horse Holidays ● Self-catering Accommodation
Boschberg Cottages
Self catering accommodation, Boston
Fly fishing ● Off grid ● Birding ● Nature Walks
Mount Park Guest Farm
Accommodation, upper Dargle
Weddings ● Birding ● Hiking ● Forests ● Restaurant ● Pet Friendly
Copperleigh Trout Cottages
Self catering accommodation, upper Dargle
Fly Fishing ● Kayaking ● Working Farm ● Birding ● Nature Walks
Tillietudlem Nature Reserve
Self catering accommodation, upper Dargle/Impendle
Fly fishing ● Self-catering Accommodation ● Birding ● Nature Walks
Maphanga Lodge
Accommodation, Impendle
Self Catering Accommodation ● Weddings ● Large Events
Beverley Country Cottages
Self catering accommodation, upper Dargle
Farm Stay ● Pet Friendly ● Self-catering Accommodation ● Scenic
Small pets allowed ● Free parking on Premises ● Walks on and around Farm ● Small bass dam one can fish at ● Cycling
Star Dam Lodges
Luxurious self catering cottages, Upper Dargle / Impendle
[email protected]
064 756 8469
Luxury Self-catering Accommodation ● Peaceful paradise ● Spectacular Views ● Trout fishing & horse rides
KhulaShanti Sanctuary
Self catering farm house, Boston
[email protected]
082 450 6792
Guest house ● Weddings & Functions ● Conferences ● Group Accommodation
Calderwood Hall
Self catering ● Working Farm ● Thatch Cottages ● Pet Friendly
Picklepot Café
Breakfast ● 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, Upper Dargle
[email protected]
072 592 4097
Self catering accommodation ● Working Farm stay ● Scenery ● Wildlife ● Peaceful getaway
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