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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. 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.



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