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Old St Elmos church in Umzumbe
Old St Elmos church in Umzumbe
Umzumbe is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Umzumbe is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 30°37′30″S 30°32′31″E / 30.6249°S 30.5420°E / -30.6249; 30.5420Coordinates: 30°37′30″S 30°32′31″E / 30.6249°S 30.5420°E / -30.6249; 30.5420
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityRay Nkonyeni
Main PlaceHibberdene
 • Total2.21 km2 (0.85 sq mi)
 • Total366
 • Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African40.2%
 • Coloured4.9%
 • Indian/Asian6.0%
 • White48.6%
 • Other0.3%
First languages (2011)
 • English42.2%
 • Zulu32.4%
 • Afrikaans22.0%
 • Xhosa2.0%
 • Other1.4%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code039

Umzumbe is a seaside resort situated at the mouth of the Mzumbe River (bad kraal) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The name of the river is derived from a band of Hlongwa cannibals who occupied the valley. The Hlongwa was almost wiped out by the Zulu king Shaka in 1828.


Umzumbe is situated south of the mouth of the Mzumbe River, from which it takes its name; of Zulu origin, it has been explained as meaning ‘the dangerous river’, ‘the winding river’ and ‘wild bean river’. The form uMzumbe has been approved.[2]


Umzumbe lies on the mouth of the Mzumbe River some 5 km south-west of Hibberdene and lies just north of the small seaside village of Pumula. Furthermore it lies 16 km north of Port Shepstone, the administrative centre of the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast and 98 km south-west of the city of Durban.[3][4]

It lies on the R102 to Hibberdene and Durban to the north and Port Shepstone to the south.

Recreational areas[edit]

Umzumbe has one beach, the Umzumbe Beach which is a Blue Flag Beach. Nearby and larger beaches within the Lower South Coast include Hibberdene, Ramsgate, St Michael's, Uvongo, Margate and Marina Beach.[5][6]

Another recreational area is the Umzumbe Surf Camp.[7]


Spearfishing is popular in Umzumbe as the Umzumbe point is the most prominent tip south of Hibberdene. It is a prime area for garrick and brusher.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Umzumbe". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 447.
  3. ^ "Travel South Africa". Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  4. ^ "Distance Umzumbe, Ugu, Kwazulu-Natal, ZAF > Port-Shepstone, Ugu, Kwazulu-Natal, ZAF - Air line, driving route, midpoint". Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  5. ^ "Umzumbe". VISIT KZN SOUTH COAST. 2019-06-26. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  6. ^ "SOUTH COAST, KwaZulu Natal". Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  7. ^ "Learn To Surf at Umzumbe Surf Camp in South Africa". surfumzumbe. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  8. ^ "Umzumbe". Retrieved 2020-07-26.