The settlement of Nhlanomfula lies within the Maphumulo Local Municipality of the iLembe district of KwaZulu-Natal which is predominantly a rural area. The district lies on the Western side of the R74 which runs between Greytown and KwaDukuza (Stanger).

Sugar-cane cultivation is the principal economic activity. Subsistence agricultural activities in the form of small cropping areas attached to traditional family units dominate land usage.