Map of Umtata, Eastern Cape
Umtata Map - Umtata detail and street level map showing the layout of the town and the location of the Nelson Mandela Museum. On the banks of the Mtata River - named after the Sneezewood (umtati) trees, famous for their wood and medicinal properties - Umtata was founded in 1879 and was originally the capital of the Transkei, homeland of the Xhosa during the Apartheid era. Transkei now forms part of the Eastern Cape and Umtata is still the centre of the region. To find out more about Umtata please visit Umtata Information.
If you are interested in overnighting in the area, we can recommend some great hotels, guest houses and self catering establishments. Find them at Umtata Accommodation. If you're only planning on driving through Umtata, en-route to another destination, you may want to peruse our Umtata Restaurants before you leave to see if you should plan a stop here for lunch or maybe just a coffee. Also check out Umtata Things To Do to see if there are any activities for which you would consider stopping.
Featured Attractions in (or near) Umtata
The two fairly small sister nature reserves of Dwesa and Cwebe lie separated only by the Mbashe River on the central wild coast, bordered on one side by the forest-fringed shores of the Indian Ocean, and on the other by the undulating hills and grasslands of the former Transkei. Dwesa and Cwebe combined ... more information
The Hluleka Marine Protected Area runs alongside the 772 hectare Hluleka Nature Reserve, midway between Coffee Bay and Port St Johns, protecting 4 km of the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast, south west of Port St Johns. These waters protect the southern right whale... more information
The virtually undiscovered Hluleka Nature Reserve lies roughly 20 kilometres south of Port St Johns on South Africa’s Wild Coast, a part of the world most aptly described in terms of its rugged and natural unspoiled beauty. The nature reserve lies along a particularly tranquil part of the coast, south east of Mthatha ... more information
Close to the town of Umtata, now known as Mthatha, lies the charming 460 hectare nature reserve of Luchaba. Luchaba Nature Reserve lies adjacent to the Mthatha Dam and is home to a variety of wildlife, a series of wetlands and grasslands that support a wide selection of birds, and evidence of the rare Stanley’s ... more information
Flanked on either side by the forested ravines of the Msikaba and Mtentu Rivers, Mkambati Nature Reserve is 8000 hectares of coastal reserve that consists mainly of grassland, close to the KwaZulu Natal border in north-east Pondoland. Despite being predominantly grassland, the incredible scenery is ... more information
The Museum offers visitors an inspiring journey through the life of Nelson Mandela. Known affectionately as 'Madiba', he is loved and respected world-wide for his tireless energy to bring about a better life for all. Mandela has insisted that the Museum should not be a tribute dedicated to him, but should rather ... more information
A memorable golf course situated on the magnificent Wild Coast. World-renowned golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones, has used the dramatic coastal setting to maximum effect, designing an interesting and challenging course with some unforgettable features. Since it was opened in 1983, the Wild Coast ... more information