OR Thambo region
The OR Tambo region is situated in the north-east of the Eastern Cape. The region’s boundaries stretch from the Indian Ocean in the east to the rolling hills of the former Transkei in the west, to the Mbhashe River in the south and KwaZulu-Natal in the north.
The seat of OR Tambo is Mthatha. The OR Thambo region is the birthplace and home to some of South Africa’s great leaders. Oliver Reginald Tambo, former ANC president after whom the municipality is named came from this region. Nelson Mandela, the first democratic president of South Africa is the Eastern Cape’s most famous resident! His home is easily spotted on the N2 in Qunu.
Port St Johns is a highlight on the Wild Coast tour route with its towering cliffs, where the Umzimvubu River breaks through in its final sweep into the Indian Ocean.
Forming part of the famous Wild Coast, the OR Tambo region’s Wild Coast route is an unspoiled, rugged coastal paradise, with undulating green hills that roll down to blue lagoons and majical stretches of wild coastline.
One of the many traditional Xhosa villages to visit here is Jonopo Village at Qunu, which is about 7km from former South African president Nelson Mandela’s residence. It is situated on the N2, 34km from Mthatha.