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Umzumbe is located in KwaZulu-Natal
 Umzumbe shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Umzumbe is located in South Africa
Umzumbe (South Africa)
Umzumbe is located in Africa
Umzumbe (Africa)
Coordinates: 30°37′30″S 30°32′31″E / 30.6249°S 30.5420°E / -30.6249; 30.5420Coordinates: 30°37′30″S 30°32′31″E / 30.6249°S 30.5420°E / -30.6249; 30.5420
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Ugu
Municipality Hibiscus Coast
 • Total 2.21 km2 (0.85 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 366
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 40.2%
 • Coloured 4.9%
 • Indian/Asian 6.0%
 • White 48.6%
 • Other 0.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 42.2%
 • Zulu 32.4%
 • Afrikaans 22.0%
 • Xhosa 2.0%
 • Other 1.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 4225
PO box 4225
Area code 039

Umzumbe is a seaside resort situated at the mouth of the Mzumbe River (bad kraal) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The name of the river is derived from a band of Hlongwa cannibals who occupied the valley. The Hlongwa was almost wiped out by the Zulu king Shaka in 1828.

Town some 5 km south-west of Hibberdene, south of the mouth of the Mzumbe River, from which it takes its name; of Zulu origin, it has been explained as meaning ‘the dangerous river’, ‘the winding river’ and ‘wild bean river’. The form uMzumbe has been approved.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Umzumbe". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 447.