The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Empangeni

Empangeni is a busy town


Photo © Steven Herbert


Empangeni is a town situated on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast. It is only a few kilometres away from Richards Bay which is one of South Africa's major ports and industrial areas. Many of the residents of Empangeni work at Richards Bay.

The name Empangeni is derived from the Mpange trees which grow along the river of the same name.

Although the towns history goes back to 1851, when a mission station was established on the site, it was only formerly established in 1894.

Empangeni weather


The area surrounding Empangeni is dominated by sugar-cane farms, although there is also some timber.

References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 61

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 95

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 134

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 350

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 143

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 162

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 116

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 211


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