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Stanger is situated on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast

Stanger is situated on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast and occupies a central place in the history of the Zulu people. It was here in Stanger where Shaka Zulu, the great warrior-king and founder of the Zulu nation lies buried. Apart from his two royal kraals named kwaBulowayo, he also built a capital called kwaDukuza, at the site of present day Stanger.

Dominating the traditional beehive shaped huts was Shaka’s own royal hut. On the afternoon of 24 September 1828 Shaka Zulu was stabbed to death by his two half brothers, Mhlangana and Dingane, with his own invention, the short stabbing spear. The following day the body was wrapped in an ox hide and buried in an empty grain storage pit, together with some personal possessions. In 1932 the Zulu people built a memorial to Shaka in a garden on the site of his grave.

Stanger was founded in 1873 and named after William Stanger, first Surveyor-General of Natal. Stanger became a municipality in 1949 and is the commercial, magisterial and railway centre for one of the most important sugar producing districts.


Situated inland from Blythedale, Stanger is home to King Shaka’s memorial monument. The monument is erected over the grain pit into which his body was cast after his murder. The town has a distinct Eastern flavour, and boasts a large sugar mill and pulp and paper mill. Tours to mills can be arranged. This is an area of great historical and cultural importance. It contains sites integral to the development of the African communities whose members were to play major roles in the development of the African Nationalist movement regionally and nationally. Sites which demonstrate the major influence of the Indian community on the culture of the region also contains some of the finest monuments to colonial initiative and entrepreneurship. King Shaka established a royal settlement at KwaDukuza in July 1825. On 22 September 1828 King Shaka was murdered by his two half brothers, Dingane and Mhlangane and his servant Mbopa. A memorial stone was erected over his grave in 1932 by the Zulu Nation and declared a National Monument on 29 June 1938. shaka is believed to have been 41 years old when he died, and had built up the Zulu nation to it’s might in a short period of only 12 years. The town of Stanger was established on the old Dukuza site in 1872 and named after the first Surveyor General of Natal, William Stanger on 10 February 1873. Stanger Village was granted Township status in 1920 and Borough status in July 1949.


How to get there

Durban 70 km, Johannesburg 670 km, Pietermaritzburg 140 km

Altitude – 10 m – 217 m above sea level

Average Rainfall – 1000 mm per annum

Average Temperatures – 24°c

Banks – 6

Rivers – Mvoti, Tongaat


Chief Albert Luthuli House and Grave

Albert John Luthuli, 1898 – 1967. Born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Albert Luthuli (Luthuli), was the president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1952 to 1960. He was also the first African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960 for his non-violent struggle against racial discrimination.

Fort Pearson, War Graves and Ultimatum Tree

From the 1879 Anglo Zulu war. On the banks of the Tugela River

Fort Tenedos - From the 1979 Anglo Zulu war. On the banks of the Tugela River.

High Rock

On the seashore in Shakasrock Village. Shaka used the rock as an execution rock.

Keareney House and Chapel

Home of late Sir Liege and Lady Mary Hulett, built in early 1860’s

King Shaka’s Memorial Monument & Garden

The monument is erected over the grain pit into which his body was cast after his murder.

Mavivane Execution Cliff

King Shaka had his enemies killed and thrown off this cliff.

Mbozambo Valley – Shaka’s playground and spring

Morewood Memorial Gardens

Site of first sugar mill. Started by Edmond Morewood in 1846, Compensation area.

Observation Rock – Shaka used to sit on this rock

Old Stanger Police Station Complex – Oldest building in Stanger, 1972

Stanger Museum - Covers the history of Stanger and that of the sugar industry


Harold Johnson Nature Reserve - On the bank of the Tugela River


Annual Events

Divali Celebrations

Child Welfare Winter Festival

Gledhow Sugar Mill - KwaDukuza forms part of the rich sugar belt on Kwazulu Natal

Sappi Paper Mill

Manufactures of coated paper. Tours through the mill can be arranged.

Temples and Mosques

Hindu Stanger Siva Temple, Hindu Shri Sanathan Mundal and the Muslim Stanger Mosque



Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Horse Riding, Ski Boating, Surfing, Swimming


Accommodation in and around Stanger

Wellvale Private River Resort    accommodation in Stanger
Wellvale Private River Resort, a top class eco-tourism hideaway, is bordered by the Mvoti River and boasts spectacular views of the Nsikeni Mountain. Situated in the popular Dolphin Coast region, Wellvale is only a short drive from Durban’s Kin... More

The Lodge at Prince's Grant    accommodation in Stanger
The Lodge at Prince's Grant on Kwa Zulu Natal's Dolphin coast has 15 lovely rooms overlooking one of South Africa's top golf courses or the Indian Ocean. Situated forty-five minutes north of Durban and twenty kilometres from Ballito on an... More

Dolphin Manor Guesthouse    accommodation in Stanger
Our well appointed rooms feature : air conditioning with heating and cooling with * Private entrance, Dstv & Internet accesss. * Each room has two double beds & sleeps up to four adults sharing. * Dressing table writing table & ... More

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