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Richards Bay is a popular holiday destination on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The area is known for its stunning sandy beaches, breathtaking scenery and year-round warm subtropical climate.

Richards Bay boasts one of the major ports in South Africa and the largest coal terminal in the world. Industrial and commercial development in the city is booming, which has resulted in an increase in a new type of travel known as’ industrial tourism’.

Richards Bay is most loved for its proximity to the kingdom of Zululand. It provides a gateway to this tranquil rural area with abundant wildlife. Characterised by grasslands and rolling hills, Zululand offers an exciting safari escape. The Zululand Birding Route is a popular attraction in the area and attracts birders and holidaymakers all year round. Richards Bay is also the closest regional airport to the small town of St. Lucia, which is popular with travellers for its natural beauty and easy access into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and wildlife paradise. The park stretches along the Zululand coast from Maphelane in the south, to Kosi Bay in the north, on the Mozambique border and offers eco-tourists some of the most diverse African wildlife and outdoor experiences imaginable.

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The warm climate and beaches make Richards Bay an ideal seaside holiday destination on KwaZulu-Natal's north coast. It is the deepest natural harbour in Africa and is one of South Africa's largest harbours, with beautiful coastal scenery and biodiversity, perfect for a boat cruise experience.

What to do in Richards Bay

Alkantstrand Beach

Alkantstrand Beach

One of the things that Richards Bay is known for its beaches and tropical conditions. Alkantstrand is the most popular beach among tourists due to both its cleanliness and safety measures. The beach is ideal for a fun family beach day.

  • Advantage Harbour Cruises

    Advantage Harbour Cruises

    A popular experience in Richards Bay is an Advantage Harbour Cruise. Richards Bay’s Harbour is home to amazing biodiversity and an abundance of marine life. The cruise is a one-of-a-kind experience, making it a lovely group activity to experience with friends or family.

  • Enseleni Nature Reserve

    Enseleni Nature Reserve

    Whether you are interested in wildlife, birding, hiking or simply observing nature, Enseleni Nature Reserve has what you desire. Located just outside of Richards Bay, the reserve is best for day trips that are most popular in the birding and hiking communities.

A Drone view of Richards Bay

A look at the beauty and diversity that Richards Bay has to offer from a birds eye view.