The Bustling town of Richards Bay began as a makeshift harbour
set up by a Commodore of the Cape, Sir Frederick Richards during
the Anglo-Boer War of 1879, and settlement sprang up around a
port now named after Richards.
The town is vibrant and fast becoming the north coast holiday
destination, offering spectacular scenery and unspoilt beaches.
It is one of the closest sea destinations from Gauteng and enjoys
a summer climate all year round.
Besides rapid industrial expansion, the tourism industry of this
region is flourishing. The commercial and industrial development
of Richards Bay has been a bonus for the sophisticated tourist
and holiday maker. Its bustling business centre has every modern
facility and the town boasts excellent recreational facilities
for residents and visitors alike.
The town boasts the counrty's largest harbour and some of its
most magnificent wetland scenery. "Industrial Tourism"
is actively promoted and groups are able to visit industrial plants,
mines and other operations.
The town also offers the visitor entrance to Zululand. This once
forgotten corner of the African continent is a land of exquisite
beauty characterised by incredible diversity. On its eastern boundary
its golden shores are gently caressed by the warm waters of the
The coastline stretches some three hundred and fifty kilometres
from the mouth of the mighty Tugela River in the south to the
Mozambique border in the north. The coastal plains include endless
unspoilt beaches and coastal conservation areas and incorporate
the largest estuarine system in Southern Africa.
A new concept in tourism, offering an informative day-trip for
those in town for business.
Surfing, hiking, fishing and bathing, and the requisite facilities.
Richards Bay Game Reserve
Set up to protect lagoon animals formely subject to intensive
slaughtering, the reserve features a prodigious number of aquatic
birds and animal species including hippos and crocidiles.