Green Park Lodge
3 Park Road
Central. Mthatha
Eastern Cape

31°35'30.56" S 28°46'43.19" E

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In line with the transformation policies that our great country is undergoing, the traditional spelling of Mthatha was adopted but still pronounced as before, “Umtata”.   A railway, presently under major overhaul, connects Mthatha and East London. Mthatha also has a small airport.

With Mthatha's expansion, many franchise restaurants opened their doors, with the City now adequately catering to most tastes and needs. Mthatha derives its name from the river running through it. The nearby Mthatha River is said to have received its name from the number of Thatha, or Sneezewood trees, flourishing along its banks.

The township was laid out in 1879, and Mthatha was officially proclaimed a town in 1886. The City became the headquarters of the Transkei Territories General Council in 1903, and capital of the newly created Transkei homeland in 1976. The town grew rapidly after attracting migrants from rural areas.