|In 1851, the Norwegian Missionary Society established a station
on the banks of the Mpangeni River. The river was named after the
profusion of Mpange trees growing along its banks, and the settlement
that formed around the station took the slightly Anglicised name
of the river.
The root of the world, like the trees, is in the soil, as it
refers to its remarkable fertility. This attribute led to the
growth of what is now the commercial, agricultural and communications
centre for the sugar cane and timber industrial area of the coast
above the Tugela River.
Empangeni is a thriving, friendly town in the beautiful surroundings
of the Mpangeni Valley.
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.
Empangeni Country Club
Tenni, golf, bowls, squash or conferencing in beautiful natural
Enseleni Game Reserve
A 295ha reserve, whose name is isiZulu for 'lair of the badger'.
Mangroves, papyrus and many antelope species are some of the wildlife
A small village near Empangeni housing a sugar mill labour force.
The sugar mill here is one of the largest in the country.
Hunting/nature trail facilities and accomodation are offered by
the Nayala and Mfuli ranches.
Wonderfully made crafts by physically handicapped persons are
University of Zululand
The attractive campus of this university, founded in 1959 can