Ingquza Hill

Ingquza Hill

Ingquza Hill is located to the north east of the OR Tambo District and was established through the amalgamation of the former Lusikisiki and Flagstaff Transitional Local Councils and the surrounding rural areas, which fell under the Transitional Representative Council. The municipality governs the area extending from the western inland towns of Lusikisiki and Flagstaff, to Mbotyi in the south east and Mtentu River in the north east. 

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Take a walk in the footsteps of amaMpondo people. Be invited into their lives and experience their culture, which echoes through the region. Be swept into the world of local traditional dancing and music while being invited to dress in traditional attire and enjoy amaMpondo cuisine. Be amazed by the natural beauty and splendour of the Wild Coast. Discover unchartered attractions and experiences.

From rolling green mountains to pristine white beaches, you are invited to take your own piece of this undiscovered treasure home with you. Come and experience the splendours of the Eastern Pondoland.

The municipality is named after the Ingquza Hill, where a famous uprising against the system of black authorities and agricultural reforms took place on 6 June, 1960. Police opened fire on a number of insurgents and eleven were killed. Today a memorial plaque sits in the shadow of the hills together with the graves of the brave insurgents.

It is a region rich in culture and history, with an abundance of rug­ged and wild scenery and adventures, where history is passed on from generation to generation through the art of storytelling. Most of these tales are kept only through their telling but some have been recorded.

Along the famous Wild Coast, you’ll find to over 50 km of pristine coastline with beautiful beaches and a combination of rolling and hilly terrain, vertical cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Feel the sea water on your feet as you stand at the door of the Cathedral Rock, walk a mile to take a shower at the Waterfall Bluff, or be one with nature at our endless hectares of wild indigenous forests.

Mpondo History
About 2000 years ago, Bantu-speaking people began to arrive from Western Africa in a series of migrations and amaMpondo were the group of Nguni-speaking peoples who have for several centuries occupied the land between the Tugela River to the north and the Mbashe River to the south and from Indian Ocean to Drakensberg Mountains. Over the years amaMpondo territory is said to be the one between Mtamvuma and Mthatha rivers in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Gallery

The Ingquza Hill gallery showcases a glimpse of what this diverse Tourism Route has to offer. Click on each photo to view the enlargement.

Ingquza Hill

Explore the O.R. Tambo District

Mkhambathi Nature Reserve
The Mkhambathi Nature Reserve is situated on the coast of north-eastern Pondoland and has lots to offer the tourist.
Northern Pondoland VBA Hike
Led by a passionate local guide, trailists will be treated to warm amaXhosa hospitality at a village homestay in Xolobeni (near Nyameni) on the first night of the trail.
Shipwrecks
All along the Wild Coast one can find evidence of the remains of ships that have been caught by monster waves or sudden storms and dashed onto the rocks.
Ingquza Hill Travel Brochure