Boondocks Mountain Lodge is a Zen-inspired space ideal for those who want to get away from it all and back to nature, in a real way. The retreat is aimed at the spirit-seeker who will, no doubt, enjoy the intricate Boondocks labyrinth and discover how it assists in finding answers to life's questions.

Did you know?

There are over 25 labyrinths at different destinations across South Africa, including a horse labyrinth at Celtis Country Lodge in the Magaliesberg.

Boondocks Mountain Lodge offers up a wonderful escape for those who want to spend more time in nature, and contemplate all things spiritual.

There are only eight rooms to choose from, so at any one time there are no maddening crowds to distract you. The lodge is unpretentious, warm and welcoming, and the views of nature, including towering mountains and lush forests, are all around you, making for the perfect setting for some soulful reflection.

One of the highlights of a stay at this Mpumalanga mountain lodge is the opportunity to walk around the labyrinth – only a short walk from the lodge. It is based on the intricate labyrinth found at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Guests at Boondocks use the labyrinth as a tool to find answers to personal questions and to listen to that inner voice that is sometimes drowned out by the clamour of the world. There are also a number of secluded nooks and crannies on the property that are perfect for meditation and guests are also encouraged to go for long walks in the beautiful grounds.

This mountain lodge in Mpumalanga also has a very unique selling point – guests can take part in something called The Game of Transformation which was developed by the Findhorn Foundation many years ago. This game is a very powerful tool that helps the participants to understand their own psyche and spirituality a little better. Two to 6 people are needed to play the game and it takes an entire day to complete. The Transformation Game at Boondocks is run by a Findhorn-trained facilitator.

Once you've caught your breath, go for a walk through the surrounding forest and grasslands where a large variety of antelope and birds can be seen, or sit quietly in the beautiful garden and contemplate your Boondocks journey.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Boondocks Mountain Lodge
Tel: +27 (0) 13 726 0140
Email: stuart@boondocks.co.za.

How to get here

Boondocks Mountain Lodge is 4km from Kaapmuiden on the R38 to Barberton in Mpumalanga province. Detailed directions are available on the website.

Best time to visit

Mpumalanga has great weather, so any season is a good time to visit.

Around the area

Kaapmuiden is just 25km from the Kruger National Park.

Get around

Taking a self-drive journey to Boondocks is a good idea as there is lots to see and do in the surrounding area.

What will it cost

The Game of Transformation is R500 per person and includes a light lunch. Special rates are available that include dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch – from R700 upwards.

Length of stay

A weekend at the minimum.

What to pack

Sunblock, hat, sunglasses – especially if you are there in summer. Comfortable walking shoes are also a must.

Where to stay

The lodge has eight luxury en-suite double rooms and one single room available.

What to eat

Accommodation is self-catering, so make sure you take provisions along. There are some excellent farm stalls in the vicinity selling fresh produce. An all-inclusive package (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) is also an option.