Transkei literally means across the Kei, which is the southern most border, being the Great Kei River in Transkei, to the northen Umtamvuna River near Port Edward. It runs along the east coast of Southern Africa along the golden coastline bordering the Indian Ocean. The Wild Coast has always been a popular destination for South Africans and tourists alike, as its seen as a laid back, off the beaten track adventure holiday. Not many commercial hotels have invaded the region yet, and great accomodation can be found at bed and breakfasts, caravan and camping sites, inns, aswell as backpacker lodges.
Transkei was a homeland created during the Apartheid Era, specially located for Xhosa speaking tribes. In 1976 it gained its independence and claimed UMtata as the capital city, now called Mthatha. Mthatha also hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum,as this region is where Nelson Mandela was raised as a child and herdsman. The region is characterised by friendly people, rolling green hills, xhosa huts, free roaming cattle and goats, and a very rural natural african experience.
Other lovely destinations along the coast are Cintsa, Port St Johns, Morgan Bay and many other towns scattered across this land or coastline. Coffee Bay is one of the more popular destinations with tourists and is close the famous Hole in the Wall. Coffee Shack
is a very accomodating backpackers lodge, herb is easily found in this area, you will bump into it. Eventhough being illegal in South Africa these areas are largely not policed very well, and as they say majority rules, onto rules, one rule is that you cant smoke indoors! One should also consider taking part in a local Xhosa Ceremony, stay over at a traditional Xhosa hut, eat the local food, drink some good beer, and partake in the smoking of some transkei green. The backpackers lodge is located on the Bomvu River, Coffee Bay, literally. There are many things to do in Transkei from horse trails, swimming, surfing, scuba, fishing, canoeing, to making necklaces or working in local commnity projects.
"The Coffee Shack...is a genuine and unaffected mecca for fun-loving travellers." - LONELY PLANET
is also very popular as a cannabis cultivation area, with strains such as Transkei Green
, this is what an old grower Derrayld had to say about the region he lived in:
Lesotho and Transkei
buds are awesome, both with a strong fruity aroma and taste with a serious stoning. Varying between cerebral high and downright silent stoning.
The thing with the Transkei is that you can walk in the hills from village to village and hut to hut and in each hut you`ll most likely experience vastly different bud. You can however identify a few generally superior strains. Cofee Bay, being a dark green , red haired bud. With a soft smokey smell and a lovely guava after taste. Delivers one of the most intense stonings I`ve ever had. I had to lie on the floor because I kept falling off the chair. I couldn`t even sit on the floor because I kept falling over.- Derrayld
So popular Transkei that a cannabis enthusiast from the 80's left South Africa to start a Cannabis coffeeshop in Amsterdam during the 70's and named it Transkei
. After hearing a review from a hippie that was lucky enough to smoke in the shop with his friends and the owner , he could only smile about the good african transkei that was being smoked there for days.
Transkei is definetly a great cannabis african destination for travellers. As with travelling anywhere as a tourist, one should consider precautions when travelling alone, at night, or just using common sense while travelling. Be careful of travelling via bus and car, there are lots of "potholes" and domestic animals grazing near roads. Dont be afraid if you see some bikers with a cannabis leaf on thier colours , these are the Doobie Brothers.Safe travels.
Resources: Global Harvest Report
EcoTourism Eastern Cape
If you like to smoke, drink and surf
Marijuana Trail South Africa
Coffee Shack Review