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Mthatha previously known as Umtata, is a town in the Eastern Cape that is filled with the most remarkable sights. Most visitors enjoy the natural beauty of this cultural melting pot. It has become such an intriguing place where locals, sights and sounds are all interwoven into the tapestry that makes this place so unique.

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Why visit Umtata?

  • Enjoy this historic town that has so many interesting stories to tell, with the Nelson Mandela Museum being the best attraction portraying the life of the world’s most influential person!
  • This town is considered to be a paradise for hikers, surfers, 4x4 enthusiasts and those who love the outdoors, so explore and indulge in the best adventures the Eastern Cape has to offer!
  • The Umtata dam is a picturesque place that boasts lovely picnic spots as well as a variety of water sports, there are also a few nature reserves in the area making it the perfect way to spend any day in this town!
Rands (ZAR)
Dialing Code:
00 + +27 + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~ 7.52 XPF
Time Zone:
Drives on the left
Mthatha Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Type C / D / M / N (frequency-50Hz: voltage-230V)

The best time to visit Umtata would be during November until March. These are the warmest months of the year, offering perfect days out for exploring this beautiful town.

There are various languages that are spoken in this town, they include; isiXhosa, Afrikaans and English.

  • Former South African president Nelson Mandela was born in Mveso which is a village in Mthatha.
  • Mthatha is the main town of the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
  • This town was a military post for the colonial forces in 1882, and the town itself was founded in 1883, along the banks of the Mthatha River.

There are many things to do in and around this beautiful city, and one that you most certainly must do is visit Bulungula Beach which was named “Pick of the Wild Coast” 2012 by Lonely Planet. Local activities include cycling, canoeing, fishing, swimming, surfing, and hiking. The Bulungula Homestay Initiative is a wonderful experience whereby travellers get a chance to experience traditional Xhosa life for a short while.

Other sites worth visiting are the Luchaba Nature Reserve, where you can see black and blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, blesbok, fallow deer and antelope, including the red hartebeest. Nearby Port St Johns is well-known for its beaches and surfing, and Coffee Bay for its unique “Hole in the Wall” natural spectacle.

Popular souvenirs include Madiba shirts and other memorabilia, woven mats and baskets and painted pottery and beadwork. Public transport is good, roads are tarred, and there is also the Baz Bus (a hop-on hop-off backpacker bus) for getting around town.

This is a fairly safe place to visit, although it is advised to remain vigilant at all times.

South African cuisine is extremely diverse, so you are guaranteed to enjoy any restaurant that is in this town. This is a very small town so you are not really spoilt for choice but these restaurants will not disappoint:

  • The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
  • Bloody Mary’s Restaurant
  • Bora Bora Yacht Club
  • Restaurant St. James

South Africa endorses the freedom of religion in its constitution. There is no serious cultural or religious restrictions in Umtata besides the belief that all religions should be respected. This is a very traditional town with many tribes that still partake in cultural practices, it is a really an amazing thing to experience, especially during wedding ceremonies.

South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Bora Bora, and anywhere else in French Polynesia. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps. Contact the French Polynesian Embassy in South Africa (Telephone: +27-12-4251600) for more information, in addition to visa applications.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Umtata
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 80.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 22.50
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 20.74
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 11.25
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 38.97

Mthatha Airport (code UTT) serves Mthatha (formerly Umtata), a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The airport was previously named K. D. Matanzima Airport after Kaiser Matanzima, a president of the former Bantustan of Transkei. ialso known as Motu Mute Airport, is the airport that serves the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. This airport opened in 1943 during World War II.

Airport Hotels: Garden Court Mthatha is situated 15 km from the airport.

Car Hire: The following leading rental car companies have depots available at Mthatha Airport for your convenience: Alamo, Auto Europe South Africa, Avis, Budget, EasyTerra Car Rental, Europcar South Africa, First Car Rental South Africa, Hertz, Honk South Africa, National, Sixt Rent a Car.

Airport Hub: Mthatha Airport is a hub for South African Airways.

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The information on this page is correct as of November 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

Fare Conditions:

  • Sales validity: On sale from 18 October 2016 (subject to availability)
  • Travel validity: Fly Blue Crane flies JNB-Mthatha (Umtata) x2 daily Mon-Friday and x1 daily on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Fares include taxes, hand luggage of 7kgs and checked luggage of 20kgs per person
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  • Subject to availability which will be limited during peak periods

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