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When you are planning your travel itinerary to the historic and culturally rich nation of South Africa, ensure that you book budget flights to Mthatha as part of your journey. This neat little town used to be called Umata, and it is the most prominent town within the municipality known as the King Sabata Dalindyebo Local, which is situated within the Eastern Cape province.

History

Mthatha was originally known as Umtata, and this renaming happened officially on March 2, 2004. Founded in the year 1883, it occupies a scenic locale on the banks of the Mthatha River. A century after it popped up on the landscape, a dam was built on the river as. Then, Mthatha become a main administrative hub of the region, and it was further solidified in its leadership by the presence of the impressive Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals. Mthatha is famous for turning out some of the countrys most famous leaders, such as Nelson Mandela, who comes from a small village known as Qunu. Other former leaders who hail from the region include Bantu Holomisa and Walter Sisulu.

Things to do, places to go

One of the nations three Nelson Mandela museums is located in the city, which are sure to add value to your investment in budget flights to Mthatha. The museum, like its counterparts, oversees the collection and exhibitions of the major milestones that make up the Nelson Mandela story. The Bunga Building narrates the events of the famous Long Walk to Freedom, and visitors will also be able to browse through an exhibition that showcases some of the numerous gifts Mandela received on behalf of the people of South Africa.
As you can see when your flights to Mthatha bring you to this unique area of the nations map, Mthatha is a welcome stopover for people who are driving through to the Wild Coast, as it is one of the last places where one can get decent supplies.

Getting here

Flights to Mthatha are served by the regional airport, which offers regularly flights to Johannesburg, served by the national carried SA Airlink. Alternatively, you can also take the train here, with regular service between East London via Amabele. It takes 12 hours by train so relax and enjoy the scenery! However, a popular option also sees visitors rent cars if travelling on your own schedule is important, and Mthatha is accessible through the N2 highway, which cuts straight across town. You can also get here via the R61 regional roadway, which heads east towards Port St. Johns.

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