The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Umzumbe

Umzumbe tidal swimming pool and beach


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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, and the beach is a good spot to catch up on your relaxtion. The area is popular with fisherman and also offers good spearfishing. It is said that at times there is good Shad fishing from the rocks.

The village 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.

Pumula Beach, with the Pumula Hotel, forms part of Umzumbe.

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References and further reading

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 221

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 332

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

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

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

Getaway - Vol 29 No 10 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 50

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

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 191

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


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