Map of Umtata, Eastern Cape

Umatata 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 properties. 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.

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