In 2006 the official name of Stanger, North Coast was changed to KwaDukuza, the original Zulu name, (also called "Dukuza"), but many locals continue to call this North Coast town Stanger.
Kwadukuza or Stanger is best known for being the home of King Shaka's monument. King Shaka was assassinated in1828 by his two half-brothers, Dingane and Mhlangane, and after murdering him they buried the great king upright in a grain pit, over which now stands a simple stone memorial erected in King Shaka's honour in Stanger in 1932.
The Stanger, North Coast Area is of great cultural importance, and Stanger / Kwadukuza is one of many North Coast towns with a distinct Eastern flavour, due to the influx of Indian labourers who came to work on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast sugar cane fields during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many markets, mosques and temples now add a lively essence to North Coast towns on the Dolphin Coast.
With the Stanger streets lined with jacarandas, and with tropical high humidity, Stanger / Kwadukuza lies in the heart of the KZN North Coast sugarcane fields, and forms part of the rich sugar belt that stretches down the KwaZulu Natal North Coast. Stanger is part of the renowned historic North Coast Zulu Heritage Route, which has been witness to immense changes and terrible conflict. Clan against clan and kingdom against kingdom, this is where Victorian Britain's military might was shaken by the valour of the Zulu's armed only with shields and spears.
While exploring the Dolphin Coast, North Coast, Stanger Bed & Breakfast accommodation can be found at Wellvale Resort, a top class eco-tourism hideaway. Bordered by the Mvoti River, this North Coast Bed & Breakfast establishment boasts spectacular views of the Ensikeni Mountain. Situated in the popular Dolphin Coast region, this North Coast, Stanger / Kwadukuza Bed & Breakfast accommodation is only a short drive from Durban's King Shaka International Airport, and perfectly located for day trips to some of the finest North Coast beaches. For more info on North Coast, Stanger accommodation, see the Where to Stay Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation page.
If you prefer Kwadukuza, North Coast accommodation right on the Dolphin Coast, Blythedale Beach accommodation lies just 6.89km east of the Stanger accommodation. Blythedale Beach is an unspoilt North Coast holiday resort with pristine beaches alive with bottlenose dolphins who use the Dolphin Coast waves as their playground. In addition to swimming and surfing, Blythedale Beach is popular for jet skiing, ski boating, surf fishing and combing the rocky North Coast beach for crayfish and mussels. For exclusive Star Graded North Coast Blythedale Beach Bed & Breakfast accommodation near Stanger / Kwadukuza, the Palm Dune Beach Lodge is situated right on Blythedale Beach between two estuaries, and is famous for its 'seafood extravaganza' served either on the beach or on the deck overlooking the sea. Blythedale Beach Self Catering accommodation is very popular for those longer North Coast beach holidays, and you will find a huge variety of Blythedale Beach Self Catering accommodation on offer, some even built right into the North Coast, Blythedale Beach dunes. For more North Coast, Blythedale Beach accommodation options, see the Where to Stay Blythedale Beach accommodation page.
For the best curry on the North Coast, Stans Seafood Oasis in Blythedale Beach (20.4km south of Stanger / KwaDukuza accommodation) is famous for its delicious seafood - fish, calamari, mussels and prawns, and the samoosas and bunny chows are a popular favourite with North Coast locals and visitors alike.
Blythedale Beach adjoins a small North Coast conservancy that includes the Umvoti River Mouth, a must for birdwatchers. For the nature lover, staying in Stanger / Kwadukuza Umvoti River Mouth accommodation (7.12km from Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation) is a dream come true. This quiet North Coast seaside village is popular for swimming, surfing and fishing, and has a ski boat launch site at the Stanger / Kwadukuza North Coast Umvoti River mouth.
Umvoti River Mouth Self Catering Cottage accommodation at Umvoti Beach House and Umvoti Bay House, is North Coast accommodation at its best.
Overlooking the Umvoti River Mouth and the sweep of the North Coast bay, these Umvoti River Mouth Self Catering Cottage accommodation establishments offer the finest sea views on the Dolphin Coast. You can view these magnificent Umvoti River Mouth Self Catering Cottage accommodation holiday establishments on the Where to Stay Umvoti River Mouth accommodation page.
Another stunning Stanger / Kwadukuza, North Coast destination is Prince's Grant Golf accommodation - 7.82km to the North of Stanger accommodation, and 75km North of Durban accommodation.
Situated on the exclusive sub-tropical KwaZulu Natal, North Coast, Prince's Grant Golf Estate is one of South Africa's premier golf, holiday and residential estates located on the KZN North Coast. Combining old world charm with modern luxury living, you'll find opulent Star Graded North Coast Prince's Grant Self Catering accommodation on the Stanger / Kwadukuza, Prince's Grant Golf Club and Country Estate. With the ocean as a backdrop, this superb North Coast 18 hole championship golf course at Prince’s Grant Golf Estate provides a wonderful challenge for golfers of all abilities, but the back tees on a windy day can prove to be very testing. For spectacular North Coast Prince's Grant Hotel accommodation, the exclusive Prince's Grant Lodge offers the complete breakaway destination for North Coast holidays. To see the impressive North Coast, Prince's Grant accommodation, visit the Stanger / Kwadukuza North Coast Prince's Grant accommodation page.
Other Dolphin Coast towns near Stanger / Kwadukuza with Where to Stay accommodation listings:
- Darnall accommodation, 10.22km to the north of Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation, is a small village on the far North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Surrounded by vast fields of sugarcane, Darnall is the original home of Tongaat Hulett Sugar, and offers fine North Coast Darnall Bed & Breakfast accommodation known for its exceptional comfort and warm North Coast hospitality. For the golfing enthusiast, the Darnall Country Club has an excellent golf course and other sporting facilities, an a la carte restaurant and sports bar. For more info on Darnall Bed & Breakfast accommodation, go to the Where to Stay Darnall accommodation page.
- Tinley Manor accommodation, 12.58km to the south of Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation is a truly relaxed North Coast holiday haven. Just 50km north of Durban hotspots, and "up the road" from the bustling North Coast resort of Ballito, North Coast Tinley Manor offers holidaymakers the best of both worlds. A leisurely drive along the North Coast from Tinley Manor takes you to the world famous Zululand / Maputaland game reserves, the historical Midlands & Battlefields, as well as the St Lucia World Heritage Site.
Tinley Manor Self Catering accommodation is plentiful on this virtually undiscovered North Coast paradise, and Tinley Manor Bed & Breakfast accommodation offers you an idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can find more info on these Tinley Manor accommodation options on the Where to Stay Tinley Manor accommodation page.
For delicious curries, a must is a meal at "Impulse by the Sea", which has become legendary on the KwaZulu Natal Dolphin Coast, attracting guests locally and from abroad. A North Coast holiday at Tinley Manor will definitely be incomplete without a visit to this highly recommended 'pukka' North Coast curry restaurant.
Things to do in Stanger / Kwadukuz, Dolphin Coast
- Hiking in Harold Johnson Nature Reserve - 21km from Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation.
The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve situated on the banks of the North Coast's Tugela River offers great hiking trails, wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, bush-pig and antelope, and a rich variety of butterflies and bird-life. Camping and picnicking / braai facilities are available.
- Luthuli Museum - 8.2km from Stanger accommodation.
The Luthuli Museum recognizes 50 years since Chief Albert Mvumbi Luthuli received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway in 1961. This North Coast museum situated in Stanger, captures the essence of Chief Albert Mvumbi Luthuli's anti-apartheid struggle via photographs, newspaper clippings and mementos of South Africa's turbulent past.
- King Shaka Memorial on King Shaka Street, Stanger, Dolphin Coast, KwaZulu Natal.
The King Shaka Memorial includes the monument to the great king and his throne, a simple rock next to the memorial. A slide show on the history of King Shaka can be viewed, there is also a small curio shop and an interpretative centre.
Visit The Where to Stay Stanger / Kwadukuza Accommodation Page
It is our mission to search for, and recruit a wide selection of suitable Stanger accommodation, particularly the more popular categories such as Stanger / Kwadukuza Bed & Breakfast accommodation, Stanger self catering accommodation, Stanger Guest House accommodation, and other Stanger / Kwadukuza lodges such as Self Catering Cottages in Stanger, and Stanger / Kwadukuza hotels.
We strive to present a mixture of upmarket Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation, and affordable accommodation (to suit all pockets and tastes), especially for Self Catering accommodation in Stanger / Kwadukuza, which is a category more geared for family holiday accommodation in Stanger / Kwadukuza. Stanger Hotels should be considered for business or holiday accommodation in Stanger / Kwadukuza (or in towns near Stanger / Kwadukuza).
Suitable Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation can also be found in nearby towns such as : Blythedale Beach accommodation - 6.89km from Stanger accommodation; Umvoti River Mouth accommodation - 7.12km from Stanger accommodation; Prince's Grant accommodation - 7.82km from Stanger accommodation; Darnall accommodation - 10.22km from Stanger accommodation; Tinley Manor accommodation - 12.58km from Stanger accommodation; Shakaskraal accommodation - 14.53km from Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation; Zinkwazi Beach accommodation - 15.54km from Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation; Sheffield Beach accommodation - 16.98km from Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation; Umhlali accommodation - 17.40km from Stanger accommodation; Salt Rock accommodation - 18.37km from Stanger.
We recommend that, if in doubt about Dolphin Coast accommodation quality, and to put your mind at ease, you should consider Star Graded accommodation in Stanger / Kwadukuza, whether it be Star Graded Self Catering Stanger accommodation, or Star Graded Stanger Bed & Breakfast accommodation. See Where to Stay for our Star Graded Stanger / Kwadukuza accommodation page.
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Afrikaans alternate search phrase - Stanger akommodasie or Stanger akomodasie.