Mhlathuze River

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Mhlathuze River
Annals of the South African Museum - Annale van die Suid-Afrikaanse Museum (1976) (18228849070), crop2.jpg
The river and its tributaries on a map of northeastern KwaZulu-Natal
Mhlathuze River is located in South Africa
Mhlathuze River
Location of the Mhlatuze River's mouth
CountrySouth Africa
Physical characteristics
 • locationBabanango, South Africa
 • elevation1,519 m (4,984 ft)
MouthMaputo River
 • location
Indian Ocean, KwaZulu-Natal
 • coordinates
28°48′S 32°3′E / 28.800°S 32.050°E / -28.800; 32.050Coordinates: 28°48′S 32°3′E / 28.800°S 32.050°E / -28.800; 32.050
Length100 km (62 mi)
Basin size4,209 km2 (1,625 sq mi)

The Mhlathuze River (Afrikaans: Mhlatuzerivier) is a river in South Africa. Located in KwaZulu-Natal, its catchment area has a surface area of 4,209 km2. It rises in the west in the Babanango hills at an altitude of 1,519 m and flows over 100 km eastwards to the sea forming an estuary.[1] The deep-sea port of Richards Bay is situated at the mouth of the Mhlathuze River and all industrial development is focused within the Empangeni / Richards Bay complex.


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