Bulwer, KwaZulu-Natal

Bulwer[2] is a small town in the KwaZulu-Natal's Midlands region, South Africa. It is situated on the R617 regional road between the towns of Boston and Underberg and around 50 minutes north-west of the town of Ixopo on the R56. The village is nestled in the shadow of the Amahwaqa (the misty one) mountain.

The Old Yellowwood Church in Bulwer
The Old Yellowwood Church in Bulwer
Bulwer is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Bulwer is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 29°48′S 29°46′E / 29.800°S 29.767°E / -29.800; 29.767Coordinates: 29°48′S 29°46′E / 29.800°S 29.767°E / -29.800; 29.767
CountrySouth Africa
DistrictHarry Gwala
MunicipalityDr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality
 • Total12.70 km2 (4.90 sq mi)
 • Total1,322
 • Density100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African93.2%
 • Coloured0.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.6%
 • White5.1%
 • Other0.8%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu89.2%
 • English6.9%
 • Xhosa1.1%
 • Other2.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
PO box
Area code039


The town is named after Natal Governor Sir Henry Bulwer, having been founded during his tenure.[3]:256 Bulwer is a prominent tourist destination for various reasons. It's a popular birding spot, a beautiful place to just relax, but mainly it's a flying destination for both hang gliders and paragliders. Both local and international pilots flock to Bulwer for flying around the year.[4]

The Old Yellowwood ChurchEdit

The old yellowwood church (Chapel of the Holy Trinity) in Bulwer was built from handsawn yellowwood in 1885. It was renovated by Mondi in 1989.[5][6][7]

See alsoEdit

Marutswa Forest, near Bulwer.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Bulwer". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Raper, P. E. (1989). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-947464-04-2 – via Internet Archive.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. ^ Conolly, Denis (1975). The Tourist in South Africa. Travel-Guide. ASIN B0000E7XZN.
  4. ^ Bulwer Take Off 1850 m
  5. ^ McIver, Alan (11 May 2014). "Yellowwood Church, Bulwer, Midlands, Central Kwa-Zulu Natal". Quo Vadis Southern Africa. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  6. ^ Menache, Philippe; David, Darryl Earl (2010). 101 Country Churches of South Africa. Richmond Press. p. 40. ISBN 9780620483612.
  7. ^ Oxley, John (1992). Places of Worship in South Africa. Halfway House: Southern Book Publishers. pp. 109–111. ISBN 9781868124244.