The town of Umkomaas was established way back in 1861 when a harbour was established to export sugar.
The town is situated at the mouth of the Mkhomazi River which, in the Zulu language, refers back to a time when whales used to give birth to their calves in the area. Wouldn't it be great if this still happened today?
Umkomaas has historically had an Italian influence which dates back to the time when the huge Saiccor plant was built nearby.
Umkomaas is known around the world as the launch spot for divers wanting to visit Aliwal Shoal. The shoal is 5 km from the shore and boats full of divers shuttle backwards and forwards.