The river known as the Ingwavuma is named after a species of tree, the Ngwavuma tree (Pseudocassine transvaalensis) which is common on its banks.

As the magesterial and commercial centre for the area ,watered by the Ingwavuma River, the village has adopted the name of the river.

Ingwavuma ia a remote and quiet place with dramatic views east over Tongaland and west over Zululand and Swaziland.

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