Stanger


Stanger: where Zulu and Indian cultures collide


The town of Stanger, lying just off the coast of Kwazulu Natal, can claim a history rich in cultural diversity: it was here that the infamous Shaka Zulu was assassinated in what was to become a new capital for his Zulu nation. The important sites of Zulu heritage that abound are contrasted against the mosques, markets, and temples erected here by the first Indian immigrants who came to work on the sugarcane plantations surrounding the town.

The simple stone memorial erected in Shaka’s honour is the central point of Zulu heritage in the town. It is said to be built near the site where he was murdered and is accompanied by a small interpretive centre. To see the other side of the town’s cultural heritage, a trip to the Indian market is in order. The nearby Sappi Paper Mill offers daily tours for a glimpse at the industry that drives the town.

Stanger also forms part of the historic Zulu Heritage Route where fierce battles were fought between Victorian Britain and the Zulu Nation, which left behind a collection of fascinating battlefields to explore. The tropical climate of Stanger keeps the area lush and ensures warm weather throughout the year.

 
Highlights
  • A stone memorial marks the site near to where Shaka Zulu was assassinated, adjoined by a small interpretive centre 
  • The mosques, markets, and temples reveal the town’s Eastern influence 
  • The nearby Sappi Paper Mill offers daily tours and insight into the industry that drives the town
  • Forms part of the Zulu Heritage Route and its historical battlefields, making it a necessary stop for those exploring the area 
  • Located in the heart of the Dolphin Coast

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