|Mthatha River ('mtathe Bawo)|
close to where the Mthatha River meets the Indian Ocean
|Name origin: Referring in the Xhosa language to the Sneeze-wood trees (Ptaeroxylon obliquum) growing on the banks of the river|
|Province||Eastern Cape Province|
|- location||Baziya Range, Eastern Cape, South Africa|
|- elevation||1,500 m (4,921 ft)|
|- location||Coffee Bay, South Africa|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||250 km (155 mi)|
|Basin||2,600 km2 (1,004 sq mi)|
Mthatha River or Umtata River (Xhosa: 'mtathe Bawo) is a river in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. The river flows into the Indian Ocean in an estuary located near Coffee Bay. The Mthatha river flows in a southeastern direction and is approximately 250 km long with a catchment area of 2,600 km². It is named after Mthatha Town (Umtata).
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- List of estuaries of South Africa
- List of dams and reservoirs in South Africa
- Dictionary of Southern African Place Names
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