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rolling hills near Umtata

On a journey through the green hills of the former Transkei to the Wild Coast, a visitor gets a sense of how strong the traditional bonds of the Xhosa living here still are. The kraal is still the fundamental social and economic unit. Even though most of the people here live in relative poverty, they can rely on a stable social order and a traditional belief and value system that is based upon ritual practices.

The people in the Transkei basically live on subsistence farming. Jobs are very scarce, and hardly any investment flows into this region. In their quest for jobs most young people migrate from the Transkei into the cities - particularly to the Gauteng area and to Cape Town. They send a large portion of their wages back to the Transkei to support their parents and other family members

Xhosa rondavels

Overberg
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Bontebok NP]
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Malgas]
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Garden Route
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[Mossel Bay]
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George]
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Oudtshoorn]
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Ostrich Farms]
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Cango Caves]
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Outeniqua Choo Choo]
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Wilderness]
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Knysna]
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Plettenberg Bay]
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Tsitsikamma NP]
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Eastern Cape
[St. Francis Bay]
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[Jeffreys Bay]
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[Port Elizabeth]
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Addo Elephant NP]
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Kenton-on-Sea]
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Port Alfred]
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Grahamstown]
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[Amatola Hogsback]
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[East London]
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Kei Mouth]
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Umtata]
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Transkei]
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Coffee Bay]
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Hole in the Wall]
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Port St. Johns]
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Karoo
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Karoo NP]
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Graaff-Reinet]
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Valley of Desolation]
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Mountain Zebra NP]
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Xhosa Villages in the Transkei
Eastern Cape

sunset near Coffee Bay

The Xhosa belong to the Bantu peoples, who settled in southern Africa during the iron age. Over the centuries and through splitting and adaptation to the regional conditions, different tribal groups evolved. In the coastal regions of southern Africa, it was the Nguni group from which, amongst others, the Xhosa came.

Xhosa women

Top right: The rolling hills near Umtata.
Right bottom: Traditional Xhosa rondavel.
Left bottom: Xhosa women.
Left top: Sunset in a Xhosa village.


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