Attractions IN/AROUND Umtata

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Collywobbles Vulture Colony

The sheer cliffs of the Mbashe gorge in rural Mthatha, on the Mbashe River, play host to a colony of Cape vultures who have apparently lived and bred here since the late 1890s. The colony, in this far remote corner of the Transkei, has been ...

Nature Reserves

Dwesa Cwebe Nature Reserves

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 ...

Marine Protected Areas

Hluleka Marine Protected Area

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 ...

Nature Reserves

Hluleka Nature Reserve

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 ...

Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Luchaba Nature Reserve

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 ...

Nature Reserves

Mkambati Nature Reserve

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 ...

Landmarks / Museums

Nelson Mandela Museum

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 ...

Beaches

Wild Coast Beaches

This part of the Eastern Cape extends from the Great Kei River just outside East London to the Mtamvuna River, and includes parts of what was, until quite recently, known as the Transkei. The landscapes and the coast are, as the name implies, wild and ...

Golf Courses

Wild Coast Sun Golf Course

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 ...

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Marine Protected Areas

Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area

The Eastern Cape's Dwesa-Cwebe lies between East London and Port St Johns, divided into Cwebe to the east, and Dwesa to the south-west of the Mbashe River. The Marine Protected Area stretches 14 km along the length of the two reserves, three to five ...

Natural Wonders

Hole In The Wall

The Hole in the Wall at Coffee Bay is a unique structure with a huge detached cliff that has a giant opening carved through its centre by the waves. The local Xhosa call this place "izi Khaleni", which means "place of thunder". During certain seasons and ...

Mountain Passes

Kei Cuttings

Between Komka and Butterworth the N2 passes through what is known as the Kei Cuttings, a notorious section of road for its high prevalence of accidents due, in no small part, to high mists and wandering cattle. This section of the ...

Botanical Gardens

Kwelera National Botanical Garden

Kwelera is officially classified as a 'conservation garden' promoting biodiverisity education to locals and attracting tourists to the region. But it is going to be some time before its intention to attract visitors and learners becomes a reality. Its ...

Miscellaneous / Landmarks / Waterfalls

Magwa Waterfall

The Magwa waterfall is pretty impressive. It is one of few waterfalls on the rugged Wild Coast that is accessible – others entail such effort to reach that they're seldom seen by any but the most intrepid travellers. It lies in the middle of the 1 800 ...

Lakes / Dams / Landmarks / Marine Protected Areas

Pondoland Centre of Endemism

Between Port St Johns, on the Wild Coast, and the Msikaba formation sandstone gorges of Oribi Gorge, in KwaZulu-Natal, stretches a biological hotspot filled with forests, grassland, and incised river valleys. It has been described as a 'wonderland' and ...

Marine Protected Areas

Pondoland Marine Protected Area

The largest Marine Protected Area in South Africa, the Pondoland MPA lies on one of the most rugged, wild and beautiful coasts of South Africa - the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast. It stretches for 90 km between the Mzamba River, just south of the ...

Nature Reserves

Silaka Nature Reserve

The Silaka Nature Reserve serves to protect the biodiversity of the coastal forest in the region, and stretches along the coastline between Second Beach and Sugarloaf Rock - 400 hectares of striking coast, a forest of towering trees, and grassland - an ...

Golf Courses

The Olivewood Golf Course

The Olivewood Golf Course in Cintsa is just 40 kilometres from East London in the scenic South African province of the Eastern Cape. The 18-hole championship course is a prized feature of the Olivewood Private Estate ...

Landmarks / Natural Wonders

Waterfall Bluff

Between Port St Johns and the Mkambathi Nature Reserve (but closer to the Msikaba River than Port St Johns) is Waterfall Bluff. It is not that easy to reach; one cannot simply drive to a clearly marked lookout point and gaze at it. Reaching it as part of ...

Umtata as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Bisho, Butterworth, Cintsa, Coffee Bay, Glengarriff, Haga Haga, Kei Mouth, Kwelera, Lusikisiki, Mngcibe, Morgans Bay, Mthatha, Port Edward, Port St Johns, Qolora Mouth

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