The 3-star Garden Court Mthatha is a convenient overnight option, just off the main N2 route through Mthatha - the main town (‘city’) in the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape.
The Hotel offers the basics - a restaurant, bar-lounge and swimming pool. It has 177 rooms with the modcons you’d expect. It’s in close proximity to a filling station and burger restaurant and across the road from the Walter Sisulu University (WSU). It’s well placed out of the noisy CBD area, on the fringes of the urban centre, but also close enough to venture to the attractions in and around Mthatha.
While it’s a convenient option for an overnight stay we wouldn’t recommend an extended stay. The Garden Court Mthatha is not a destination hotel or leisure option. However, in a town that doesn’t offer much in the line of accommodation it’s one of the best available options.
The German-guided version of our tour that covers the highlights of South Africa (link to English tour provided as well). It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. The southbound tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , Transkei , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Paarl , Cape Town .
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) was the first President of the “new” democratic South Africa (1994-1999). The key role he played in South Africa’s peaceful transition can never be overestimated. He was a remarkable diplomat with a wonderful ability to win over his harshest critics. His sense of forgiveness and spirit of reconciliation was remarkable.
While the former Apartheid homeland called 'Transkei does not exist anymore the region is still known by that name. The small village of Qumbu has the claim to fame of being the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. The Wild Coast is the region's biggest attraction, although accommodation facilities for tourism are very limited.
Mthatha, formerly known as Umtata, is the main city (a large town really) in the Transkei region of South Africa's Eastern Cape. It is located in the cultural heartland of South Africa's Xhosa speaking people. Nelson Mandela and other prominent liberation figures spent time here in their early years.