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Umbumbulu is located in South Africa
 Umbumbulu shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 29°59′02″S 30°42′07″E / 29.984°S 30.702°E / -29.984; 30.702Coordinates: 29°59′02″S 30°42′07″E / 29.984°S 30.702°E / -29.984; 30.702
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Municipality eThekwini
 • Total 0.43 km2 (0.17 sq mi)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 304
 • Density 710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2001)[1]
 • Black African 96.1%
 • White 3.9%
First languages (2001)[1]
 • Zulu 93.1%
 • English 3.9%
PO box 4105
Area code 031

Umbumbulu is a town in the District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

The township lies near the junction of Highway M30 and R603 about 13 km south-west of Durban and 19 km from the Indian Ocean. Derived from Zulu, the name is said to mean place of the round knoll.[2] Umbumbulu is a rural area, bordered by Madundube on the north-east, and the farming community of Mid-Illovo on the south. In the 1970s and '80s it was a scene of a local conflict, which saw hundreds murdered, and thousands dislocated. It has since become a picture of serene rural living.

The main river running through Umbumbulu is the Ntinyane River, and it is famous as a site where a clergyman was swept away by the floods in the 1980s, his body never retrieved to this day.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Umbumbulu". Census 2001. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 444.