Blood River

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Blood River
Ncome, Bloedrivier
Blood River is located in South Africa
Blood River
Location of the Blood River's mouth
CountrySouth Africa
Physical characteristics
SourceHighlands SE of Utrecht
 - location
Buffalo River
 - coordinates
27°50′56″S 30°35′35″E / 27.84889°S 30.59306°E / -27.84889; 30.59306Coordinates: 27°50′56″S 30°35′35″E / 27.84889°S 30.59306°E / -27.84889; 30.59306

Blood River (Afrikaans: Bloedrivier; Zulu: Ncome) is situated in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This river has its sources in the hills south-east of Utrecht; leaving the highlands it is joined by two important tributaries that originate in the Schurveberg, after which it flows meandering through a sandy plain.[1] The Blood River is a tributary of the Buffalo River, which is a tributary of the Tugela River which it joins from the north-east.[2]

This river is so named after the Battle of Blood River in which Zulu King Dingaan was defeated by Andries Pretorius' troops on 16 December 1838.[3]

The Blood River Vlei, located about 20 km to the south-west of Vryheid, is one of the biggest inland wetlands in South Africa and the wintering place of migratory birds such as ducks and geese.[4]

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  1. ^ The Geology of Vryheid
  2. ^ Thukela WMA 7
  3. ^ Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tugela". Encyclopædia Britannica. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 364.
  4. ^ KZN North - Working for Wetlands Archived September 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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