Welcome to Mthatha


The town was founded in 1882, when Europeans settled on the Mthatha River at the request of the Thembu tribe, to act as a buffer against Pondo raiders. During the apartheid era it became the capital of the Transkei, the largest of the black homelands, and it remains a regional centre.

Most travellers will pass through or stop here briefly, either en route along the N2 highway or while transferring to a shuttle to Coffee Bay or Port St Johns.


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