Mthatha River

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Mthatha River
Umtata River
Coffee Bay.jpg
close to where the Mthatha River meets the Indian Ocean
Mthatha River is located in South Africa
Mthatha River
Location of the Mthatha River mouth
EtymologyReferring in the Xhosa language to the Sneeze-wood trees (Ptaeroxylon obliquum) growing on the banks of the river[1]
Native name'mtathe Bawo
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape Province
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationBaziya Range, Eastern Cape, South Africa
 ⁃ elevation1,500 m (4,900 ft)
MouthIndian Ocean
 ⁃ location
Coffee Bay, South Africa
 ⁃ coordinates
31°56′S 29°11′E / 31.933°S 29.183°E / -31.933; 29.183Coordinates: 31°56′S 29°11′E / 31.933°S 29.183°E / -31.933; 29.183
 ⁃ elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length250 km (160 mi)
Basin size2,600 km2 (1,000 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).[2]

Its main tributaries are the Ngqungqu River and the Cicira River.[3]

The Mthatha River marks the southern limit of the Pondoland region.[4]


Presently this river is part of the Mzimvubu to Keiskamma Water Management Area.[5]

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