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Afrikaans name: Umzumbe

Umzumbe tidal swimming pool and beach


Photo © Steven Herbert


The peaceful village of Umzumbe gets its name from the Mzumbe River which reaches the Indian Ocean nearby. The name means 'bad kraal' and refers to a tribe of cannibals that used to live along the river valley. In 1828 King Shaka's impi all but wiped them out.

Umzumbe has a nice beach with a tidal pool. The area is popular with fisherman and also offers good spearfishing.

The vilage is popular with retired folk as well as tourists looking for a quiet holiday. The nearby town of Hibberdene offers facilities that are not present at Umzumbe.


References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 191

Country Life - Issue 252 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 16

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 126

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 332

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 214

The Dive Sites of South Africa - Author: Anton Koornhof - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 114

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 114

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