Empangeni, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Situated in attractive hilly country side, overlooking a flat coastal plain, 90 to 150 metres above sea level with panoramic views of Richards Bay and the Indian Ocean from the higher lying suburbs.

Established as a mission station by the Norwegian Missionary Society on the banks of the Empangeni River in 1851, Empangeni today is one of Zululand’s largest towns. The town serves a large agricultural and timber growing area and has all modern amenities.

The Norwegian Missionary Society established a station on the banks of the Mpangeni River in 1851, which was later moved to Eshowe. The river was named after the profusion of Mpange trees (Treema guineensis) growing along its banks, and the settlement that formed around the station took the Anglicised name of the river.

In 1899 a magistracy was established. The Zululand Railway reached the town in 1903. In 1906 Empangeni became a village.

Activities

Empangeni Art & Crafts Centre

Variety of arts and crafts made by the local communities.

Empangeni Art & Cultural Museum

A fascinating museum boasting regular temporary exhibitions and a permanent display including Zulu heritage art and the Harrison collection of the pioneer sugar farmers

Game Ranches

Hunting/nature trail facilities and accomodation are offered in the area.

Empangeni Country Club

Tennis, Golf, Bowls, Squash or Conferencing in beautiful natural surroundings.

Enseleni Game Reserve

Meaning “lair of the badger” in Zulu, this 295ha reserve includes mangroves, papyrus and many antelope species as some of it’s attractions.

Felix Mill

One of the largest in the country.

Jabulani Crafts

Wonderfully made crafts made by the physically handicapped are for sale.

University of Zululand

The attractive campus of this university, founded in 1959 can be visited

Historical View

Empangeni Museum

Opened in 1996 in the renovated old Town Hall (1916). Art, Zulu cultural heritage, Harrison Collection on pioneer sugar farmers, exhibitions, workshops, talks and video’s

Nature

Enseleni Nature Reserve

Enseleni Nature Reserve was proclaimed on 22 January 1948 and is 293 ha in extent. The reserve consists of coastal grasslands and forest and the Nseleni river provides a freshwater habitat. The reserve is situated north of Empangeni and west of Richards Bay.

Empangeni Accommodation

VBC Guest House

Located in Empangeni, is ideal for leisure and family travelers and is conveniently situated near the best dining, entertainment, and other nearby attractions in the uThungulu District Municipality, near Richards Bay, Zulu-land.

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