African National Congress President Oliver Tambo, recently returned to South Africa from exile, arrived in the nominally independent tribal territory of Transkei Wednesday to visit his birthplace for the first time in more than 30 years.

"He was naturally very excited to be leaving (Johannesburg), especially to see his home village again," ANC Deputy President Nelson Mandela said. An official in the office of Transkei military ruler Maj. Gen. Bantu Holomisa said Tambo had flown in before midday.The ailing Tambo, who returned to South Africa Dec. 13 after fleeing in 1960 ahead of certain arrest for anti-apartheid activities, would visit the place of his birth, the tiny rural town of Bizana, on Thursday, Mandela said in a telephone interview.