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Mtubatuba is located in KwaZulu-Natal
 Mtubatuba shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Mtubatuba is located in South Africa
Mtubatuba (South Africa)
Mtubatuba is located in Africa
Mtubatuba (Africa)
Coordinates: 28°25′S 32°11′E / 28.417°S 32.183°E / -28.417; 32.183Coordinates: 28°25′S 32°11′E / 28.417°S 32.183°E / -28.417; 32.183
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uMkhanyakude
Municipality Mtubatuba
Established 1903
 • Total 76.22 km2 (29.43 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 27,237
 • Density 360/km2 (930/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 94.5%
 • Coloured 1.2%
 • Indian/Asian 1.0%
 • White 3.3%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 88.0%
 • English 6.1%
 • Afrikaans 1.7%
 • S. Ndebele 1.5%
 • Other 2.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 3935
PO box 3935
Area code 035

Mtubatuba is a town north of Richards Bay close to the entrance of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Town some 55 km south-south-west of Hluhluwe and 28 km west of St Lucia. Administered by a health committee since 1950. The name, formerly spelt Matubatuba, is Zulu for ‘creator of opportunities’, referring to a chief of the Mkwananzi tribe who died here in 1954.[2]

The town's early years were hampered by flooding. An additional setback occurred during World War I: a ship carrying essential parts of what was to be the town's first sugar mill was torpedoed. The mill was eventually constructed in 1916 at nearby Riverview. Its township is KwaMsane.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Mtubatuba". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 322.