Pongola River

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Pongola River
Phongolo
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Pongola river, immediately below Pongolapoort Dam
Pongola River is located in South Africa
Pongola River
Location of the Pongola River mouth
EtymologyFrom the Zulu for 'trough-like', 'river of troughs', referring to long pools.[1]
Location
CountrySouth Africa, Mozambique
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationNear Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
MouthMaputo River
 - location
Maputo Province, Mozambique
 - coordinates
26°51′21″S 32°20′47″E / 26.85583°S 32.34639°E / -26.85583; 32.34639Coordinates: 26°51′21″S 32°20′47″E / 26.85583°S 32.34639°E / -26.85583; 32.34639
 - elevation
29 m (95 ft)

The Pongola or Phongolo River (Afrikaans: Pongolarivier) is a river in South Africa. It is a tributary of the Maputo River. It rises near Utrecht in northern KwaZulu-Natal, flows east through Pongola, is dammed at Pongolapoort, and crosses the Ubombo Mountains; then it flows north towards Mozambique, joining the Maputo River. [2]

Its main tributaries are the Bivane River and the Mozana River in South Africa, as well as the Ngwavuma in Eswatini.[3]

The Pongola River winding through hills in and beyond the Ithala Game Reserve

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dictionary of Southern African Place Names
  2. ^ Lani van Vuuren (May 2009), "Darlington Dam: Development Steeped in Controversy" (PDF), The Water Wheel (in German), Gezina: South African Water Research Commission, 8 (3), pp. 23–27, ISSN 0258-2244, retrieved 2010-04-10
  3. ^ Usuthu/Mhlatuze WMA 6