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Afrikaans name: Umkomaas

Umkomaas beach


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The town of Umkomaas was established way back in 1861 when a harbour was established to export sugar.

Umkomaas weather


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?

Accommodation in Umkomaas

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.


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 150

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 190

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 127

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: 216

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: 115

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