King Sabata Dalindyebo

King Sabata Dalindyebo

Mthatha, the administrative seat and commercial hub of the OR Tambo District Municipality, houses the Nelson Mandela Museum, the centrepiece of a Liberation Heritage Trail tracing the roots of the region’s heroes. These include the venerable Madiba and his good friend, former ANC president Oliver Reginald Tambo, whose name the district has taken.

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For a comprehensive taste of the arts and crafts of the Wild Coast Pondoland Route, visit the Eastern Cape Arts and Crafts Hub in Mthatha. It’s a showroom and marketplace for designers and crafters and has provided artists with a professional, structured environment and the opportunity to develop business skills.

The King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality was established before the 2000 local government elections when the Mthatha and Mqanduli transitional and rural areas were merged. The municipality was named after King Sabata Dalindyebo because he was seen as a unifying figure to the people of both Mthatha and Mqanduli and was seen as a hero who fought for the freedom of Transkei and South Africa.

Don't miss the Nelson Mandela Museum
Ten years to the day after his release on 11 February 1990, the Nelson Mandela Museum opened its doors. Nelson Mandela insisted it was not just to be a static collection and tribute to him, but a living memorial to his values and vision. It was to inspire and enrich all who visit it, serve as a catalyst for development and should share the heritage resources linked to him.

The Department of Arts and Culture took his words to heart and pledged funding for the Nelson Mandela Museum as part of its series of national legacy projects that honour South Africa’s liberation heroes.


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

King Sabata

Explore the O.R. Tambo District

Nelson Mandela Museum
The Nelson Mandela Museum in the Bhunga Building is the centrepiece of the Liberation Heritage Route.
The Eastern Cape Arts & Crafts Hub
Buy traditional Xhosa arts and crafts
Hole in the Wall
A combination of the Mpako River’s outpourings and Wild Coast waves pounding a free-standing rock about 100m from the mainland has created a near perfect 'arch’ where the tides swirl and pummel.
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