|Etymology||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 (5,600 ft)|
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|Basin size||6,030 km2 (2,330 sq mi)|
Mbhashe River, Mbashe River (the official name according to the South African geographical names council) 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.
Some of the fishes caught in its waters are Labeobarbus aeneus, Barbus pallidus, Barbus anoplus, Myxus capensis, Anguilla marmorata and Anguilla mossambica. Labeobarbus aeneus is an invasive species, now widely present in the river system.
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- Lighthouses of S Africa: M'bashee Lighthouse
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- Route and landmarks on the Mandela~Biko~Woods Trail Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
- Mbhashe River System
- Mbashe Key Area
- South African Tourism - Mbashe River Picture
- SA Birding - Cwebe and Dwesa Nature Reserves
- A History of the Qwathi
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