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Mthatha

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Straddling the N2 as it connects the South Coast and Sunshine Coast, this bustling city is home to many of South Africa’s leaders. Its most famous character is Nelson Mandela, who has a house in his home village Qunu, south of Mthatha.

Backpackers can get theirr shopping and banking needs sorted at the Mthatha Plaza, if they are going to spend a bit of time on the Wild Coast as shops in the remote areas is limited.

Mthatha is Nelson Mandela's home town, so a stop in at the Nelson Mandela Museum is a must for all budget travellers. It is an experience that allows visitors to follow the footprints of a man whose long walk to freedom began in the foothills that rise from the banks of the Mbhashe River. Either hike or bike the 5km circular drive through Nduli Game Reserve and experience the beautiful rock gardens, see wild animals or just enjoy the view of Mthatha from afar.

Mthatha Backpackers and Tours is the only backpackers in South Africa's only African city, Mthatha. They also specialise in tours to the nelson Mandela Museums in Mthatha, Qunu and Mveso and trips to the Tsitsa waterfalls and gorge.