Umzumbe

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Umzumbe
Old St Elmos church in Umzumbe
Old St Elmos church in Umzumbe
Umzumbe is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Umzumbe
Umzumbe is located in South Africa
Umzumbe
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
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal
DistrictUgu
MunicipalityRay Nkonyeni
Main PlaceHibberdene
Area
 • Total2.21 km2 (0.85 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • 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)
4225
PO box
4225
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.

Etymology[edit]

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]

Geography[edit]

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[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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". distancecalculator.co.za. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  4. ^ "Distance Umzumbe, Ugu, Kwazulu-Natal, ZAF > Port-Shepstone, Ugu, Kwazulu-Natal, ZAF - Air line, driving route, midpoint". www.distance.to. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  5. ^ "Umzumbe". VISIT KZN SOUTH COAST. 2019-06-26. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  6. ^ "SOUTH COAST, KwaZulu Natal". www.sa-venues.com. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  7. ^ "Learn To Surf at Umzumbe Surf Camp in South Africa". surfumzumbe. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  8. ^ "Umzumbe". www.sa-venues.com. Retrieved 2020-07-26.