Scottburgh is situated on the southern banks of the Mpambanyoni River which is not a well known river due to the fact that it is reasonably small.
The town was established by British settlers, Byrne Settlers, which came to the region looking for a better life with the large scale farming of sugar cane. A municipality was officially proclaimed in 1964 and the town was named after the Natal Colony Governor, John Scott in 1860. The town was ideal as an export harbour to the inland distribution network and abroad.
The town has been steadily expanding to what it is today, a mixed use suburb with small to medium enterprises sustaining residents. The majority of permanent residents however still travel to other larger cities for work.
It is a seasonal tourist hub and the attraction is firstly the sub tropical weather conditions which are favourable almost all year round.
Thus property development has been largely centred on holiday properties which are in high demand for what the region has to offer tourists along with the weather conditions.
Tourist attraction in the region are The Scottburgh beach with its grassy terraced beaches, Crocworld, Empisini Nature Reserve, Vernon Crooks Nature Reserve and T C Robertson Nature Reserve.
Scottburgh has some sporting events centred on tourism like the Scottburgh half marathon and the 10km run.
The retail hub in Scottburgh consists of retail shops and a large variety of restaurants and night life entertainment for young and old.