Best “The Shack” Inspired Places To Visit

Whether you are a fan of the book or the movie, no one can deny the fact that the epic tale of “The Shack” brought tears to each one’s eyes as the story came to an end.

The movie is about a Mack Phillips, a father who lost his daughter in a tragic way. Very soon he gets extremely depressed and questions his faith. One day he receives a mysterious letter requesting him to go to an abandoned shack in the wilderness. Here he meets a whole lot of strangers whom each helps him to find the answers to the questions he was looking for so desperately.

After the “tissue moment”, a thought occurs – Where in Mpumalanga can one go to live in a shack like the one portrayed in the movie? A place where one can enjoy solitude, nature, peace and quiet and give yourself a break from the buzzle and hustle of every day life.


  1. Thulamela in Hazyview

When visiting Mpumalanga, Thulamela welcomes tourists into tranquillity as it is nestled in indigenous bush. You can look forward to feeling rejuvenation and having peace of mind after your stay. Sink into the spa-bath in the cottage and take in the spectacular view of scenic Hazyview. Each cottage has air-conditioning, private barbecue area and a pool. Guests can enjoy a safari as well as the cottages are conveniently located near bird and elephant sanctuaries and the Kruger National Park. Breakfast is served at the cottage. There is various game that one can view at the lodge, adding to the tranquillity of the place.


  1. Bermanzi near Machadodorp

The escarpment situated between Machadodorp, Waterval Boven and Badplaas is one of the most enchanting valleys in the world. Tourists will love the lush mountains with incredibly greenery, clear streams and stretching grassland area. The escarpment has been compared to scenery from Lord of the Rings.  Bermanzi consists of the Vakashani cottage that sleeps 10 and the In The Rocks Suite that accommodates two people. Both are self-catering accommodation units and are fully equipped with kitchens, fireplaces, braai areas and DStv. They also have balconies that will allow one to simply breathe in the fresh and breath-taking scenery. The area is also famous for various hiking trails.


  1. Field & Stream near Dullstroom

There is nothing as soul soothing as next to fishing waters with a rod dangling from your hands. Fishing is a great way to get the peace and quiet you’ve been so desperate for. Field & Stream offers guests fly-fishing opportunities in one of the most beautiful settings in Mpumalanga. Dullstroom has simply magnificent views of hills, dams and waterfalls. At Field & Stream you will be in the heart of nature and can comfortably stay at the 6 – 8 sleeper lodge that gives guests a taste of the farm life. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, braai area and fireplace. One of the units, The Nest is pet friendly.

The Field & Stream features beautiful cottages next to fantastic fishing waters.



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