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Mgwali Village, Stutterheim, Border, Eastern Cape.

Experience true Eastern Cape hospitality, traditions, food and entertainment. Mingle and explore with the locals. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Eastern Cape, with approximately 8000 residents.  It was established in the early 1800’s under the influence of the late Revered Tiyo Soya, a respected Presbyterian who went to Glasgow in Scotland to be ordained.  The community inherited Christian values together with a thirst for education.  The church and school are still prominent buildings on the western side of Mgwali. Features include:

•    The Reformed Presbyterian Church, a proclaimed national monument
•    Local crafts are exhibited
•    A traditional hut, where traditional garments are exhibited
•    Sangomas
•    Crafters in action
•    Mgwali Museum
•    Missionary history and the story of Herman Gija. Listen to stories and oral history told by Mr DK Gija.
•    Pipe maker in Village #1
•    Marketplace for lunch prepared in three-legged pots. Weaving of cotton and wool fabric, beadwork, traditional garments, etc.
•    Backpacker accommodation available.
•    Sauuks classical weaving
•    Ntoyanto’s mesh wire

Please book so meals can be prepared and other arrangements can be made timeously.

Mgwali is 25-km east of Stutterheim, which is on the N6 northeast of East London, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N6. Starting from the (only) set of traffic lights in Stutterheim, travel northwest on the N6 towards Cathcart. Turn right (east) after 5-km towards Dohne. The tarred road ends after 1-km. Take the detour after 1-km. Follow the detour for a further 1-km and turn left towards Mgwali.  Follow the road for 20-km. Pass a church on the left. After 1-km, see a big sign (Welcome to Mgwali Market Place). AZMgwali

Contct:            +27 (43) 683 2322 telephone Ingrid
+27 (43) 683 2721 telephone Ncamiso
+27 (82) 722 6928 cell Connie

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Last update: 2014-05-11 03:16
Author: Alan McIver
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