In 1851, the Norwegian Missionary Society established a station on the banks of the Mpangeni River. The river was named after the profusion of Mpange trees growing along its banks, and the settlement that formed around the station took the slightly Anglicised name of the river. Empangeni is a thriving, friendly Zululand and KwaZulu-Natal town in the beautiful surroundings of the Mpangeni Valley. Empangeni Art & Cultural Museum A fascinating museum boasting regular temporary exhibitions and a permanent display including Zulu heritage art and the Harrison collection of the pioneer sugar farmers. A small village near Empangeni housing a sugar mill labour force. The sugar mill here is one of the largest in the country.