The town grew around a mission station established in 1851 on the banks of the Mpangeni River by the Norwegian Missionary Society. Sugar, cotton, cattle and timber industries flourish in this agricultural region.
Adventure And Sport
Empangeni Country Club: Various sports such as tennis, golf, bowls and squash can be played in the beautiful surroundings of the Empangeni Country Club.
Hiking and Hunting: Hunting and hiking can be practised on game ranches such as Nyala and Mfuli.
Art And Crafts
Jabulani Crafts: Physically handicapped people manufacture the collection of handmade crafts sold at Jabulani.
Township Tours: Experience the excitement of township life by sampling traditional food, visiting a shebeen or even spending a night in Esikwawini Township, in the company of a reputable tour guide.
Fauna And Flora
Enseleni Game Reserve: The 295-ha Enseleni Game Reserve is home to several different species of antelope. The 5-km swamp trail takes one past patches where mangroves and papyrus grow.
History And Architecture
Empangeni Art and Cultural (TEACH) Museum: The Empangeni Art and Cultural (TEACH) Museum has excellent exhibits that shed light on Zulu culture, heritage and art. Other exhibits include the Harrison Collection, chronicling the pioneering days of the sugar farmers in the region.
Felixton Sugar Mill: Felixton Sugar Mill is one of the largest sugar mills in the country.
Inkanyesi: Inkanyesi is the site of an early American Mission Station.
University of Zululand: Visits to the campus of the University of Zululand, which was established in 1959, are allowed.