Welcome to Engcobo…the heartbeat of the traditional Eastern Cape and home to many of South Africa’s finest leaders and liberation icons.

Traditionally known as Emaqwathini (land of the amaQwathi people), the area is also home to the abaThembu tribe and is the birthplace of the countries fiercest activists who fought against the unjust government system that once was.

Located some 80 kilometres from the village of Qunu, the birth place of Nelson Mandela, Engcobo is a place where time stands still and the past merges with the present. Where culture, heritage and outstanding natural beauty combine to create a truly exquisite picture of rolling mountains, steep passes, and acres of pristine natural forests. One of the few areas left that offer visitors a glimpse into rural South Africa’s diverse cultures, heritage and natural beauty.

Rich in natural resources, the area is home to indigenous forests which host many species of fauna and flora.

The area of Engcobo is particularly well known for its dramatic mountains. Take in the magnificent views of the Khalinyanga Mountain and the Isivivane Rain Mountain where ancient rituals are still performed today.

Forestry and agriculture, especially maize, are said to be key for the areas economic stimulation.

We invite you to take a journey through South Africa’s diverse heritage and culture whilst enjoying some of this country’s most breath-taking natural beauty. Discover the heartbeat of the traditional Eastern Cape… discover Engcobo.

Upcoming Events

Clarkebury Institutions boasts foot prints of Legendary Nelson Mandela in his formative years thus the Institution has planned number of activities to celebrate his Centenary from the 14-19 July 2018.

"Lets Join hands and participate in celebrating his 100 years"