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The official name for the KwaZulu-Natal town of Stanger is KwaDukuza meaning ‘place of the lost person’ in Zulu. The town lies along the Hlimbitwa River and is a few kilometres inland of the east coast of South Africa.
Stanger is an important cultural centre for the Zulu people as it was once a capital established by Shaka, the warrior king who built up a formidable army and was the inventor of the short spear used for close combat fighting. He was murdered here in 1828 and Zulus arrive en masse on the 22nd of September to commemorate Shaka Day. Stanger also has a large Indian community, mostly descendants of indentured immigrants sent here to work the cane fields in the 1860s.
Stanger is a modern town with all amenities, an excellent road network and within easy reach of the bustling city of Durban and other seaside villages and towns hugging the Indian Ocean coastline.
Top 6 reasons to visit Stanger
1. Walk around town to get a picture of king Shaka’s once mighty capital where over 2000 beehive huts occupied the land. The royal hut is believed to have been at the centre of Stanger, visit the indaba (meeting) tree and stop at the memorial where he was murdered and subsequently buried.
2. The Stanger paper mill has an effluent lake that attracts a diverse range of birdlife. Relax in the bird hide where it’s claimed that birders are able to spot at least 30 species per hour. The lake is part of the well-managed Blythedale Conservancy.
3. Visit the wonderful sandy beaches along this stretch of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline. The nearest Blue Flag appointed beach is Westbrook where lifeguards patrol the beach and shark nets are in place for safe swimming.
4. The 104ha Harold Johnson Nature Reserve overlooks the Tugela River estuary and is renowned for the large... Show more
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