|Name origin: Referring either to 'dark river' or 'dangerous ravine' in the Xhosa language, or perhaps named after a person called 'Mbashe'|
|Province||Eastern Cape Province|
|- location||NE of Elliot, Eastern Cape|
|- elevation||1,700 m (5,577 ft)|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Basin||6,030 km2 (2,328 sq mi)|
Mbhashe River, Mbashe River or Bashee River is one of the major rivers in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. It flows in a southeastern direction and has a catchment area of 6,030 km². The river drains into the Indian Ocean through an estuary located near the lighthouse at Bashee, south of Mhlanganisweni.
In 1554 Portuguese ship 'São Bento' ran aground at the mouth of the Mbhashe River. The ordeal of 322 of its survivors, who walked from there to Lourenço Marques, presently Maputo, has been recorded.
Some of the fishes caught in its waters are Labeobarbus aeneus, Barbus pallidus, Barbus anoplus, Myxus capensis, Anguilla marorata and Anguilla mossambica. Labeobarbus aeneus is an invasive species, now widely present in the river system.
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