Umkomaas Tourism

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Umkomaas, a small coastal town on the subtropical south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa was formed when a harbour was built in 1861 to export sugar. The town rests beside the mouth of the navigable uMkhomazi River, also known as the Mkhomazi or Umkomaas. With the successful dredging of Durban harbour's sandbar and arrival of the railway, like Port Shepstone, the harbour fell into disuse, but the town came to life. A large number of whales once used the estuary as a nursery, giving birth in the shallows. The Zulus named the river after this spectacle (uMkhomazi means the place of cow whales). The settlement was originally known as South Barrow, with its suburb known today as Ilfracombe then called North Barrow. The town is located 48 km south of central Durban and is accessible by rail and by roads including the N2 Freeway and the coastal R102 or "Old Main Road." The South African Navy mine countermeasures vessel SAS Umkomaas is named in honour of the river and town.

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Facts and Stats for Umkomaas*

  • Umkomaas: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Umkomaas for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Umkomaas.

    • Burglary and Theft 100 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 100 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 100 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 75 (High)
    • Attacks 75 (High)
    • Drug offense 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 75 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 100 (Very High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75 (High)
  • Living in Umkomaas - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 10.94 (Very Low)
    • Climate Index 98.21 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Umkomaas

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Umkomaas

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.59 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40.53 USD

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