Save Time & Money Flying Johannesburg – Mthatha
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Umtata, nowadays known as Mthatha, is a city in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, which used to be the Bantustan of the Transkei. You can search and book cheap flights to Mthatha online with Travelstart, South Africa’s leading online travel agency.
The area surrounding Umtata forms part of South Africa’s Wild Coast and is a remarkable sight with its rolling hills, fertile forests, wild seas and rugged coastline. Mthatha is the largest town in the area and in itself is rather ordinary, crowded and cluttered. Instead, most visitors enjoy the natural beauty of the nearby areas such as WHAT. It is also the home of the Nelson Mandela Museum which pays tribute to the revered struggle hero who was jailed for 27 years on Robben Island and eventually freed to become the first black president of South Africa in 1994.
The area is a paradise for hikers, surfers, 4x4 enthusiasts and those who love the outdoors. The landscape is rich in its diversity and offers everything from various eco systems and abundant animal life to rocky seashores that are home to a myriad of dolphins and the occasional whales, plentiful bird life and magnificent coral reefs. There are stringent laws in place to protect the ecologically sensitive flora and fauna in this untarnished bit of paradise, where the shore stretches as far as the eye can see.
For the latest info and schedule regarding flights to Mthatha, please refer to the booking engine on this page. Remember, if you are searching for the cheapest flights to Mthatha, Travelstart offers all the relevant information on various flights.
See and do
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.
A visit to the Nelson Mandela Museum is something that should not be missed. The museum is spread across three sites; the awe-inspiring Bhunga Building in Umtata, the spiritual Mvezo where Madiba was born, and in Qunu, the cultural village where he grew up.
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” feature.
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.
Umtata Airport – UTT
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.
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.
- 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
- Book through website - if booked with our direct sales team will attract additional service fee
- Subject to availability which will be limited during peak periods
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