Umzumbe, which is near Port Shepstone, gives its name to one of the 4 local municipalities of the KZN South Coast, as well as its Blue Flag beach. Said to have been started by a band of cannibals and renegades on the banks of the river, which was called Mzumbe or “bad kraal”. In 1828, King Shaka led a raid in this area, leaving behind a relic, known as “isivivane”, a “luck heap” of pebbles trodden into the ground by countless travellers over time. The rural area is of great scenic beauty amidst rolling green hills. The Umzumbe Beach, sometimes called Pumula Beach, is beautiful, relaxing and easy to get to, a great place to enjoy birding, fishing, swimming and sunbathing, or why not learn to surf at the local surfing school?