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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Empangeni

Empangeni is a busy town


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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

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

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 211

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

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 350

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

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

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

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