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About Big Five Guest House

Big Five Guest House is the perfect accommodation for business travellers and family looking for a getaway, as we are centrally situated close to the airport, restaurants and shops. We offer a freshly prepared full English breakfast every morning to get your day started and we also provide secure on-site parking for guests' peace of mind.

Accommodation comprises one Deluxe Room with a queen-size bed, an en-suite bathroom and a sleeper couch, and five Standard Rooms with a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and feature built-in cupboards for extra closet space and a TV with DStv.

Mthatha was founded in 1879 and was originally the capital of the Transkei, homeland of the Xhosa during the Apartheid era. Transkei now forms part of the Eastern Cape and Mthatha is still the centre of the region. Mthatha lies in the heart of the Nelson Mandela Route, established to give structure to the area for visitors who want to explore his history.

The route starts in King Williams Town, where one can visit the grave of Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness movement. The route then moves through Bisho along the N2 to Umtata and the Nelson Mandela Museum, opened 10 years to the day after he was released from prison. The museum is spread over three locations; Umtata, Qunu and Mveso.

We provide dinner and snack platters upon request. A bar serving liquor is also available to guests needs.

Covid Safety Approved: We pledge to implement a high standard of hygiene and cleaning protocols to ensure the safest environment possible for our guests. We adhere to the industry safety protocols set out by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Vitality Collection
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Covid Safety Approved
  • Eastern Cape
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Shona
* Please enquire for further details.

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  • Standard Room Standard Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 8 We offer guesthouse accommodation in double rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms or showers. Each room is equipped with... see more Features:  Queen beds, M-Net, Local channels, DStv, Shower only, Mountain views see more Queen beds, M-Net, Local channels, DStv, Shower only, Mountain views, Air-Conditioning, Self-catering, Television, Satellite TV, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, Adsl, Internet Connection, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer, City views, Garden views
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      Reviews for Big Five Guest House

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      Ronnie Olivier
      19 April 2021

      The rooms were very neat and clean and had all the necessary amenities. Dinner and breakfast was very good, however there was lapse in communication between ourselves and the host, as we requested packed lunches via emails which were not prepared in the morning.

      Luyanda Ntlanjeni, South Africa
      26 September 2013

      We had a great stay at the B&B except for the shower drain that wasn't draining properly and the noise from the guest having breakfast in the kitchen while we were trying to get some sleep.

      Lebona Moleli, South Africa
      23 September 2013

      The Guesthouse is nice and well run. The hospitality of Adila is great.

      Palesa Pongwana, South Africa
      03 December 2012

      I must say that we all had a wonderful and memorable experience!! The place is clean, neat, well kept and the hospitality is remarkable!!!Thanks Gloria, you guys made us feel at home away from home. The children felt at home and had so much fun!!!Having had travelled for over a thousand kilometers, the place afforded us the deserved peaceful rest we needed :):)It was an awesome, awesome experience!!!Everytime we are in the area, we will be using your guest house again and again!!!You made the everlasting best first impression!

      Paul Frith, United Kingdom
      09 October 2012

      Very nice secure accommodation. Plenty of friendly helpful staff on arrival and especially at Breakfast. A very handy stop on our journey through E.C.

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      Big Five Guest House is 2.6km from the centre of Mthatha , the nearest airport 13.9km (Mthatha Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling