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Pondo People 
Tourism is about meeting people, learning about them and their culture and the environment in which they live. The Xhosas know Port St Johns as uMzimvubu "the place of the hippo". The uMzimvubu River gorge has two towering headlands of sandstone cliffs, rising 360m above the sea forming the Gate of Port St Johns.

The Pondo people live in the uMzimvubu region and have a rich and colourful heritage. Their traditional clothing was often dyed red using red ochre and the way each person dressed indicated their clan and their societal status. The beadwork, that is still prevalent, has different patterns and styles for different occasions and uses.

Married Xhosa women smoke long stemmed pipes, which prevents ash from falling onto her breasts or a child on her lap. Men smoke shorter pipes and both pipes are decorated with intricate beadwork.

Exquisite beadwork, baskets, traditional clay pots, clay models, handcrafts and wooden carvings are very popular with visitors to the region and are sold by the local people alongside roads and through formal retail outlets.

The Pondo people have traditionally lived in rondavel huts, built with their doors facing east. The rondavels are constructed with natural materials including cow dung and clay for the floor, wood from indigenous trees for the framework and roof beams and sturdy thatching grass for the roof.

These traditional homes and their unique design ensure that they are cool and comfortable in summer and retain warmth in winter. During strong gale force storms the huts remain standing and secure while many western-style structures are often destroyed.

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Sea Castle

Its 6 spacious bedrooms can sleep up to fifteen people. Three of these bedrooms are ensuite and two are serviced by a separate beautiful bathroom. Flanked by two bedrooms, the sun deck stretches outward, soaking up the wild coast sun. The premises are secure and have an assistant in attendance who sleeps on the premises.

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Keyser's Cottage

Tourism is about meeting people, learning about them and their culture and the environment in which they live. The Xhosas know Port St Johns as uMzimvubu "the place of the hippo". The uMzimvubu River gorge has two towering headlands of sandstone cliffs, rising 360m above the sea forming the Gate of Port St Johns.

The Pondo people live in the uMzimvubu region and have a rich and colourful heritage. Their traditional clothing was often dyed red using red ochre and the way each person dressed indicated their clan and their societal status. The beadwork, that is still prevalent, has different patterns and styles for different occasions and uses.

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Linga Futi Holiday Cottage

This is a 6-8 sleeper cottage with a beautiful wooden deck overlooking the ocean. There are 6 single beds in the house as well as a double sleeper couch. There is a bathroom with a bath, shower, basin as well as a toilet which is seperate from the bathroom. The kitchen is fully fitted with a freezer, double door fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. The living area has a lounge-suite, TV with +/- 12 channels. The dining room with a table and chairs. Downstairs the woodern deck has a "braai" area.

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