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Maputaland
Maputaland
is a natural region of Southern Africa. It is located in the northern part of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa between Swaziland
Swaziland
and the coast.[1] 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.[2]

Contents

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

Geography[edit] Maputaland
Maputaland
is bordered by the Ubombo Mountains
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
Hluhluwe
and the northern section of Lake St. Lucia to the border of Mozambique
Mozambique
and South Africa, or beyond to Maputo
Maputo
in Mozambique.[3] Tongaland[edit] The South African section of Maputaland
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. '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,[4] as well as in the naming of species, such as the Tongaland cannibal snail
Tongaland cannibal snail
(Natalina wesseliana). See also[edit]

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

References[edit]

^ A survey of tropical southeastern Africa
Africa
in the context of coastal zone management ^ Ecoregions of South Africa
South Africa
Archived 2011-11-16 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Contributions to the ecology of Maputaland, Southern Africa ^ Turtle Beaches and Coral Reefs of Tongaland Archived 2006-10-07 at the Wayback Machine.

Bibliography[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets

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Regions of Africa

Central Africa

Guinea region

Gulf of Guinea

Cape Lopez Mayombe Igboland

Mbaise

Maputaland Pool Malebo Congo Basin Chad Basin Congolese rainforests Ouaddaï highlands Ennedi Plateau

East Africa

African Great Lakes

Albertine Rift East African Rift Great Rift Valley Gregory Rift Rift Valley lakes Swahili coast Virunga Mountains Zanj

Horn of Africa

Afar Triangle Al-Habash Barbara Danakil Alps Danakil Desert Ethiopian Highlands Gulf of Aden Gulf of Tadjoura

Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
islands

Comoros Islands

North Africa

Maghreb

Barbary Coast Bashmur Ancient Libya Atlas Mountains

Nile Valley

Cataracts of the Nile Darfur Gulf of Aqaba Lower Egypt Lower Nubia Middle Egypt Nile Delta Nuba Mountains Nubia The Sudans Upper Egypt

Western Sahara

West Africa

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Gulf of Guinea

Niger Basin Guinean Forests of West Africa Niger Delta Inner Niger Delta

Southern Africa

Madagascar

Central Highlands (Madagascar) Northern Highlands

Rhodesia

North South

Thembuland Succulent Karoo Nama Karoo Bushveld Highveld Fynbos Cape Floristic Region Kalahari Desert Okavango Delta False Bay Hydra Bay

Macro-regions

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