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Hibberdene is a small coastal town on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in South Africa. It was named after C. Maxwell-Hibberd, the former postmaster-general of Natal.

Hibberdene is located in KwaZulu-Natal
 Hibberdene shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Hibberdene is located in South Africa
Hibberdene (South Africa)
Hibberdene is located in Africa
Hibberdene (Africa)
Coordinates: 30°34′20″S 30°34′20″E / 30.57222°S 30.57222°E / -30.57222; 30.57222Coordinates: 30°34′20″S 30°34′20″E / 30.57222°S 30.57222°E / -30.57222; 30.57222
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Ugu
Municipality Hibiscus Coast
 • Total 14.26 km2 (5.51 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,037
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 67.1%
 • Coloured 1.2%
 • Indian/Asian 1.8%
 • White 29.4%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 60.9%
 • English 18.1%
 • Afrikaans 15.8%
 • Xhosa 3.2%
 • Other 2.0%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 4220
PO box 4220
Area code 039

Hibberdene is considered the gateway to the Hibiscus Coast, a seaside town situated 97 km south of Durban, halfway between Scottburgh and Margate. Hibberdene has become a popular holiday destination with local and foreign tourists. It is known as an affordable destination and for its beaches. Hibberdene has five popular beaches, four of which are netted and thus are safe for swimming. Hibberdene’s beaches are popular because of the warm Indian Ocean flowing across its shoreline, making diving, snorkelling and scuba diving very pleasant.

Hibberdene serves as a shopping centre for the small settlements and countryside surrounding it. There are plans of establishing a small craft marina in Hibberdene. A twice daily shuttle bus stops in Hibberdene connecting the town with Margate, Port Shepstone, Durban and King Shaka International Airport.

Hibberdene is located near the mouth of the Umzimai or Mzimayi River[2] on the northwesterly line of equal latitude and longitude where it reaches the coast of Africa at 30°35′3″S 30°34′15″E / 30.58417°S 30.57083°E / -30.58417; 30.57083. [3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Hibberdene". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Hibberdene, Hibiscus Coast, Kwazulu-Natal
  3. ^ SA Explorer Hibberdene distances