Umzimkhulu is a town in the eponymous municipality Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu -Natal in South Africa. In 2001, she had 36 770 and 2011 only 8,399 inhabitants.


Early as the 1820s European traders exchanged here glass beads and weapons for ivory. 1824 the settler Henry Francis Flynn one of the first residential buildings built on the river Umzimkhulu. Later, also German and Norwegians settled here and Indians who came as cheap labor or dealers in the country.

Beginning of the 20th century, the city got a railway connection.

In February 1954 a Catholic diocese in Umzimkhulu was established.