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What began as a small harbour during the Anglo Boer War in 1879, is now a fast growing town, a very important one as it is now the largest harbour in South Africa. It was set up by the Commodore of the Cape - Sir Frederick Richards, and named after him too. Surrounded by sugar-cane, wetlands and beaches, it has everything to offer in close proximity. And various annual and seasonal events, as well as many sporting activities are sure to keep you entertained.   


  • GAME PARKS Natal has an abundance of Game Parks, many of them dedicated to a specific cause, and Richards Bay is with driving distance of some of the major parks, such as the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park.

  • BIRD SANCTUARIES There many bird sanctuaries within and around Richards Bay which are dedicated to preserving the areas beautiful bird-life.

  • ANIMAL & CROCODILE FARMS Farms, farms and more farms in the area, be sure to visit them.


  • WATERSPORTS A wide range of watersports is available in and around Richards Bay, including scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing, wind surfing, fishing and surfing. Its beautiful beaches make it the ideal spot for watersport enthusiasts.

  • SPORT As well as watersport, there are other sporting facilities available, such as: horse riding, hiking and simply relaxing on the beaches, which is a sport of its own.

  • SHOPPING A modern shopping complex in Richards Bay offers any shopping enthusiast a great days outing. Many flea markets are also arranged which is a colourful experience.

  • NIGHT LIFE There are many night clubs as well as organised activities to keep visitors busy from early till late.