The Pongola or Phongolo River (Afrikaans: Pongolarivier) is a river in South Africa. It is a tributary of the Maputo River. It rises near Utrecht in northern KwaZulu-Natal, flows east through Pongola, is dammed at Pongolapoort, and crosses the Ubombo Mountains; then it flows north towards Mozambique, joining the Maputo River. 
Pongola river, immediately below Pongolapoort Dam
|Etymology||From the Zulu for 'trough-like', 'river of troughs', referring to long pools.|
|Country||South Africa, Mozambique|
|⁃ location||Near Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Maputo Province, Mozambique|
|29 m (95 ft)|
- Raper, P. E. (1989). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 363. ISBN 978-0-947464-04-2 – via Internet Archive.
- van Vuuren, Lani (May 2009), "Darlington Dam: Development Steeped in Controversy" (PDF), The Water Wheel, Gezina: South African Water Research Commission, 8 (3), pp. 23–27, ISSN 0258-2244, archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-19, retrieved 2010-04-10
- "Usuthu/Mhlatuze WMA 6". Department of Water Affairs and Fisheries.
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