The story of Cata Cultural Village, a traditional Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape, is one of determination, cooperation and development. Spend some time getting to know the people of Cata and experience their traditional hospitality while they work together to achieve something big, one project at a time.

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Cata means 'add a little bit', and refers to the many small river tributaries nearby.  

Experience life in a traditional Xhosa cultural village when the people of Cata Cultural Village in the Eastern Cape warmly welcome you into their homes and lives.

While visiting Cata, you will be invited to share meals with village families, visit the shebeen with your host, play soccer with the local team, pick up some Xhosa language skills and learn about Xhosa arts, craft and culture. You will also get to know some ordinary South Africans and learn about their extraordinary history, along with their big plans for the future.

Cata's story is typical of many traditional Xhosa villages in South Africa. In the 1960s it was subjected to a part of the apartheid governments forced removal programme known as 'betterment planning'. This meant people were forced to live in demarcated residential zones and lost farmland, along with their traditional way of life.

Seeking compensation for this, the Cata community submitted a claim and, in October 2000, signed a precedent-setting Restitution Settlement Agreement. The agreement meant that half of the value of dispossessed rights was paid to the individual families affected and the other half was set aside for future development.

Cata's development has proceeded in an exemplary fashion. They have invested in infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, local economic development, settlement planning and formalisation, and land transfer.

Cata has also developed a thriving tourism industry that directly benefits the community. It is the ideal base for hiking trails in the Amatole Mountains, fishing in the Cata River, bird watching in the local forests, horse riding and mountain biking.

Cata Cultural Village also regularly hosts cultural events including traditional concerts. You can also explore the arts and craft communities of neighbouring Stutterheim, Hogsback and Hamburg. Look out for beautiful pottery, ceramics, sculpture, hand-made silver jewellery and modern embroidery with traditional beadwork.

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