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Richards Bay is located on the 30 square kilometre lagoon of Mhlatuze River in KwaZulu-Natal. This bustling town offers some of the most spectacular scenery and unspoilt beaches, not to mention its rich history that fills this harbour town with so much charm.

Why visit Richards Bay?

  • Soak up the sun at the beautiful Alkanstrand beach, this blue flag beach is the one of the most popular, offering some of the best views of this harbour town!
  • Enjoy a fun-filled day in Naval Island with countless hour’s entertainment from windsurfing, fishing and kayaking, it definitely makes the visit worthwhile!
  • Richards Bay is known as the perfect place for spotting dolphins and whales, it is a magnificent sight!
South African Rand, ZAR
Time Zone:
Drives on the left
Dialing Code
00 + 27 + Local Number
Cape Townians
Type C / D / M / N (frequency-50Hz:voltage-230V)
Richards Bay Airport

The best time to visit Richards Bay would be during the spring months which occurs during September, October and November. This is the time of year when everything comes back to life and temperatures remain pleasant enough to have countless days of endless fun.

There are various languages that are spoken in Richards Bay, which consist of English, Afrikaans and Zulu.

  • That the port of Richards Bay is the country’s largest exporting port.
  • The Richards Bay coal handling facility is the largest in the world.
  • Richard’s Bay is also the centre of the Zululand Birding Route, which is one of the most popular birding routes in the country.

Richards Bay is a town that has some of the best beaches. The mini resorts of Naval Island, Pelican Island, and the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront offer great opportunities for angling, canoeing, power-boating, jet-skiing or sailing. Zululand is another popular destination which has traditional tribal ways of life that have been preserved in the more rural parts of Zululand like Shakaland and Duma Zulu, which are open to the public year round. The other attractions that make this such an intriguing destination include:

  • Richards Bay Game Reserve
  • Boardwalk shopping centre
  • Lake Mzingazi
  • Thulazihleke Pan

South Africa is known for having a significant “eating out” culture. There are restaurants in Richards Bay that specialize in traditional South African dishes or modern interpretations of traditional dishes. The cuisine in this town include Moroccan, Chinese, West African, Congolese, and Japanese influences. Some the best restaurants to try out include:

  • Elephant & I
  • Porkys Seafood and Steakhouse
  • Ocean Basket
  • The Outpost
  • Mariners
  • Cubana Latino Café

South Africa endorses freedom of religion in its constitution. There are no serious cultural or religious restrictions in Richards Bay, apart from the fact that each religion should be respected. There are many religious centres in this town from the Calvary Baptists Church to the Esibusisweni Temple. Religion is something that is very important in this town many would even go as far as to say that it is a conservative place.

Richards Bay is a safe town with many amazing attractions, every visitor will definitely feel right at home when vacationing. Even though this is considered to be a fairly safe town it is advised to remain vigilant at all times.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Richards Bay
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 90.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 18.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 19.44
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 6.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 34.00

About Cape Town Airport

Richards Bay Airport (code RCB) is a privately operated domestic airport approximately 2 hours north of Durban’s King Shaka International Airport.

South African Express operates the only scheduled flights to Richards Bay from Johannesburg, using a fleet of Dash 8Q300 series aircraft. If you’re searching for flights to Richards Bay from any other city you will have to go via Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.

The information on this page is correct as of April 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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