This small village, 100 km north of Umtata on the N2, known by the locals as KwaBhaca – ”The Place of the Bhaca”, was established in 1876 and named after Sir Bartle Frere, Governor of the Cape. Today, the village, surrounded by green, indigenous forests, is the commercial centre of the local Bhaca people. The Bhaca people are noted for their colourful traditional costumes and intricate beadwork. The vast Mzimvubu River valley lies south of the town.
History And Architecture
Isinamva Cultural Village: Delicious traditional dishes can be enjoyed at the Isinamva Cultural Village where visitors can meet and mingle with local Xhosa people. The village was not developed for tourism purposes and reflects the true circumstances of these people. Guests are greeted with enthusiasm and entertained with folk tales and stories depicting the history and traditions of their hosts. Guests may also learn and help with daily tasks such as milking, herding and fetching water.