Umzimkulu



The town named Umzimkhulu, or Umzimkulu as many travellers call it, lies 18 kms south-west of Ixopo developed from a trading-post and was laid out in 1884. Umzimkhulu is an isiXhosa and an isiZulu name meaning “big place/large home” and takes its name from the Mzimkulu River on which it is situated. This is very appropriate as in 2013 the much needed Umzimkhulu Shopping Mall opened its doors.

This 18000m2 shopping mall has definitely put the town back on the map and local communities no longer needing to travel long distances to do their shopping. All the national brands are here, Shoprite as anchor tenant, clothing and furniture retailers, fast food joints and even all the national Banks.

The stunning valleys surrounding the Umzimkulu, Ngwakwane and Ngungununu rivers are well worth exploring. In close proximity you have all the activities that will excite any eco-adventurer. Keen favourites are hiking, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking, river-rafting, and kayaking.

Tourism is still relatively new here with a few accommodation establishments located in and around town for a truly African experience. Otherwise Ixopo is just a short drive away.

Umzimkulu

This shopping mall has definitely put the town back on the map and local communities no longer needing to travel long distances to do their shopping. All the national brands are here, Shoprite as anchor tenant, clothing and furniture retailers, fast food joints and even all the national Banks.

How to get there



Follow the R56 from Middelburg straight through to Umzimkhulu, (Odometer 660km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg through to Umzimkhulu, (Odometer 107km).

Getting Around


Self-drive would be best.

Where to Stay


In and around town try Lala Khona Lodge or Ekuphumleni B&B.

Where to Eat


Besides all the national food chains in the Umzimkhulu Shpping Mall, both Lala Khona Lodge and Ekuphumleni B&B have onsite restaurants.



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