|• Total||4.55 km2 (1.76 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||95.1%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
The town lies 243 km north-east of Mthatha and 18 km south-west of Ixopo. It developed from a trading-post and was laid out in 1884. Takes its name from the Mzimkulu River on which it is situated; Zulu and Xhosa for 'big place', 'large home' of the waters.
Until 1 March 2006, the town was part of an exclave of the Eastern Cape, before being transferred to KwaZulu-Natal as part of the Twelfth Amendment of the Constitution of South Africa.
- "Main Place Umzimkhulu". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 445.
- "Babalelwa ku-50 abangqongqe nesitolo".