Mtubatuba (the name comes from the local Zulu chief) is a small, busy and vital center which offers local communities access to supplies, markets and other facilities.

It also provides an ideal overnight stop for travelers going north or south, and access to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve from the south.

Mtubatuba's wide range of accommodation is filled to capacity every alternate June, when the African continent's largest game auction attracts bidders from around the country and around the world.