It is a small town in the heart of the Province's main sugar farming area. Mtubatuba is also ideally located as a base from which to explore the rich culture of the Zulu Nation, world renowned Game Reserves and the Greater St Lucia (iSimagaliso) Wetland Park. The town has become a popular stopover for tourists on their way to the parks or going inland to the battlefield areas of Zululand.
Mtubatuba is not only the land of sugar cane, but also forests and further north a mountainous ridge along the coast that culminates in a series of giant forested dunes – some of the highest of their kind in the world.
This area offers a multitude of outdoor activities from birdwatching, horse-riding and fishing to hiking, biking and fun on the beach.
There are many accommodation establishments in and around the town and the area has developed with shopping centres and wholesale businesses opening their doors in the town.
Things to do and see
- Chane Cheese Farm
- Charters Creek
- HluHluwe iMfolozi Park
- Boat & Walking Safaris
- Veyane Cultural Village
- Mtuba Mall
- Umfolozi Golf Course
- Monzi Golf Course
- Cape Vidal Beach, 23 km
- St Lucia (isimangaliso) Wetland Park, 25 km
- St Lucia Market, 19 km
Mtubatuba receives approximately 967 mm of rain annually. The rainfall is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 19˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 25˚C.
Mtubatuba is named after the Zulu King Nkosi Mtubatuba of the Mkhwanazi clan, Mtubatuba means 'he who was pummelled out', on account of the difficulty the midwives experienced at his birth. He was one of the longest serving Chiefs in the Zulu Nation.
The town of Mtubatuba is located on the site which the Mkhwanazi clan once inhabited. It was established at the site of an old railway siding and large-scale planting of sugar cane in the area, and the construction in 1916 of a crushing Mill at River View close to the siding, stimulated development and Mtubatuba became a village.
The town has since grown into a strong sub-regional commercial, service, transport & administrative centre for the entire North Eastern Zululand region. In the past number of years there has been substantial commercial growth in Mtubatuba with retail and wholesale outlets opening.
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