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'''Mthatha''' (formerly called '''Umtata''') was once the capital of the former Transkei homeland of [[South Africa]], but is now not much more than a bigger rural town in the [[Eastern Cape]].
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'''Mthatha''' (formerly called '''Umtata''') was once the capital of the former Transkei homeland of [[South Africa]], but is now one of the larger towns in the [[Eastern Cape]]. If you're heading to the [[Wild Coast]] it's the last place to get decent provisions.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
The '''N2''' highway runs directly through Mthatha and allows easy connections to [[Cape Town]], [[Port Elizabeth]], [[East London]] and [[Durban]].
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The '''N2''' highway runs directly through Mthatha and allows easy connections to [[Cape Town]], [[Port Elizabeth]], [[East London]] to the south, and [[Durban]] to the north.
  
The '''R61''' regional road goes east to [[Port St Johns]] on the coast.
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The '''R61''' regional road goes east to [[Port St Johns]] on the coast, and west to [[Queenstown (Eastern Cape)|Queenstown]] as well as the mountainous and relatively remote interior.
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
A must see is the Nelson Mandela Museum and its beautiful craft shop of the Ithemba project.
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==See==
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A must see is the Nelson Mandela Museum (open week days and on Saturday till 12) and its beautiful craft shop of the Ithemba project.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
The Ebony Restaurant is perhaps the best restaurant in the Eastern Cape and one would not expect to find it in Mthatha.
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==Eat==
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* <eat name="Ebony B&B">The Ebony Restaurant is perhaps the best restaurant in the Eastern Cape and one would not expect to find it in Mthatha.</eat>
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* <eat name="Ocean Basket">A seafood chain found in most cities and large towns, it also offers a reasonable salad.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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There are numerous places to stay in the town, and finding accommodation is usually not difficult.
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* <sleep name="Ebony B&B" directions="Not far from Walter Sisulu University" price="R400per night">An enjoyable place to eat and sleep is the Ebony B&B.  Steak, Jo'burg Urban Art decor, wrap around patio, plantation-style building. The site of the local Lions club dinners.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Ebony B&B" directions="Not far from Walter Sisulu University" price="R400per night">An enjoyable place to eat and sleep is the Ebony B&B.  Steak, Jo'burg Urban Art decor, wrap around patio, plantation-style building. The site of the local Lions club dinners.</sleep>
  
  
* <sleep name="70 Blakeway B&B" url="http://mthathablakewayb&b@cjb.com" email="blakewayb&b@gmail.com" price="From R390"> When travelling to Mthatha,you can also use the excellent 70 Blakeway Bed and Breakfast. This B&B has clean and comfortable.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="70 Blakeway B&B" url="http://www.umtatabedandbreakfast.co.za/" email="blakewayb&b@gmail.com" price="From R390"> When travelling to Mthatha,you can also use the excellent 70 Blakeway Bed and Breakfast. This B&B has clean and comfortable.</sleep>
  
 
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==Get out==
 
*East to the [[Wild Coast]] and [[Durban]].
 
*East to the [[Wild Coast]] and [[Durban]].
*West to [[Port Elizabeth]]
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*Southwest to [[East London]] and [[Port Elizabeth]]
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*West to [[Queenstown (Eastern Cape)|Queenstown]]
  
 
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Revision as of 13:23, 3 January 2009

Mthatha (formerly called Umtata) was once the capital of the former Transkei homeland of South Africa, but is now one of the larger towns in the Eastern Cape. If you're heading to the Wild Coast it's the last place to get decent provisions.

Get in

By car

The N2 highway runs directly through Mthatha and allows easy connections to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London to the south, and Durban to the north.

The R61 regional road goes east to Port St Johns on the coast, and west to Queenstown as well as the mountainous and relatively remote interior.

By plane

Mthatha has its own airport and scheduled flights to Johannesburg are available with SA Airlink.

By train

The train station is just south of the city centre.

The railway line to East London via Amabele has been upgraded and a full passenger service between Amabele and Mthatha began operating on 1 March 2008. This route is called "Kei Rail". At present trains only run on weekends, with passengers being conveyed from East London to Amabele (76 km north of East London) by bus. It is envisaged that from late 2008 trains will also operate during the week, not only weekends. The journey takes 10 hours.

Get around

See

A must see is the Nelson Mandela Museum (open week days and on Saturday till 12) and its beautiful craft shop of the Ithemba project.

Do

Buy

Eat

  • Ebony B&B. The Ebony Restaurant is perhaps the best restaurant in the Eastern Cape and one would not expect to find it in Mthatha.
  • Ocean Basket. A seafood chain found in most cities and large towns, it also offers a reasonable salad.

Drink

Sleep

There are numerous places to stay in the town, and finding accommodation is usually not difficult.

  • Ebony B&B, (Not far from Walter Sisulu University). An enjoyable place to eat and sleep is the Ebony B&B. Steak, Jo'burg Urban Art decor, wrap around patio, plantation-style building. The site of the local Lions club dinners. R400per night.


  • 70 Blakeway B&B, (), [1]. When travelling to Mthatha,you can also use the excellent 70 Blakeway Bed and Breakfast. This B&B has clean and comfortable. From R390.

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