The Info List - Maputaland

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MAPUTALAND is a natural region of Southern Africa
Southern Africa
. It is located in the northern part of the province of KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa between Swaziland
and the coast. In a wider sense it may also include the southernmost region of Mozambique
. The bird routes and coral reefs off the coast are major tourist attractions.

Now the name of this traditional region is being revived for the Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets , one of the ecoregions of South Africa, as well as for the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot .


* 1 Geography * 2 Tongaland * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Bibliography * 6 External links


is bordered by the Ubombo Mountains in the west and the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
in the east. It covers an area of about 10,000 km2, stretching approximately from the town of Hluhluwe and the northern section of Lake St. Lucia to the border of Mozambique
and South Africa, or beyond to Maputo
in Mozambique.


The South African section of Maputaland
was also previously known as TONGALAND after the Tonga people who live there. The usually flat region feeds the Phongolo and Mkhuze River . On 11 June 1895, Tongaland was annexed by Great Britain
Great Britain

'Tongaland', the name of the traditional region of the Tsonga, has now largely fallen into disuse. It is still occasionally found in scientific works though, as well as in the naming of species, such as the Tongaland cannibal snail (Natalina wesseliana).


* Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets * Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Hotspot


* ^ A survey of tropical southeastern Africa in the context of coastal zone management * ^ Ecoregions of South Africa * ^ Contributions to the ecology of Maputaland, Southern Africa * ^ Turtle Beaches and Coral Reefs of Tongaland Archived 2006-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine


* Elephant Coast Visitor Guide, (2007/8). * Pooley, E. (1993). The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei. ISBN 0-620-17697-0