Mtubatuba is located roughly 200kms north of Durban and 55kms north of the Richards Bay/Empangeni metropole along National Route N2. The town is ideally located as a base from which to explore the rich culture of the Zulu Nation and world renowned game reserves and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park - about 25km away.
Various accommodation establishments are located in the greater Mtubatuba area along with restaurants and sporting facilities.
Mtubatuba has developed from a humble railway siding into a strong sub-regional commercial, service, transport & administrative centre for the entire North Eastern Zululand region. In the past number of years there has been substantial commercial growth in Mtubatuba with retail & wholesale outlets opening.
The Umfolozi Sugar Mill, part of Illovo Sugar group, is the industrial flagship of Mtubatuba and a number of service orientated light industrial concerns are located within the industrial area of Mtubatuba.
The seat of the Hlabisa magistracy is located in Mtubatuba.