α.bundu; β.boendoes, bundus/ˈbʊnduːz/. Also with initial capital.
ShonaShow more Etymology unknown; perhaps Shona bundo grasslands.
The -oe- spelling form is used by those who perceive the derivation to be Afrikaans. Despite the similarity between ‘bundu’ and U.S. English ‘boondocks’ (from Tagalog bundok), it is unlikely that there is any relationship between the two words.
1977Drum Aug. 39People outside King Williamstown found themselves without the valuable services of their only doctor after she had been banished to the bundus in the region of Tzaneen in the Northern Transvaal.
1978Daily Dispatch 27 July 14Amazing what those housewives get up to out there in the boendoes!
1985Sunday Times 10 Nov. (Mag. Sect.) 15We’re living in a modern society, you know...it’s hard for us to be different unless we go back to the bundus.
1986B. Ntlemo inPace May 49It becomes obvious to those who meet him that he may live in the bundus, but the bundus don’t live in him.
1990F. Khumalo inWeekly Mail 4 May 11The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, a haven for those who are tired of cities and hanker after the tranquility of the bundus.