Situated on a huge lagoon off the Mhlatuze River, Richards Bay is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and has the deepest natural harbour in the Southern hemisphere.
The modern, thriving port town is surrounded by vast expanses of untouched indigenous scenery, natural lakes and marshes. Its unspoilt wetlands are teeming with wildlife including hippos, crocodiles and over 300 species of bird, which makes this natural paradise a much-sought-after destination.
Named after a British naval commander who landed troops on the Zululand coast in 1879, Richards Bay was a small fishing village until the port opened in 1976. The town offers excellent recreational activities and visitors enjoy art galleries, fishing, beachcombing, bird watching, swimming, canoeing and some classic drives around the bay.
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
One of the oldest game reserves in Africa, Hluhluwe spans a whopping 96,000 hectares of hilly landscapes, which are home to diverse wildlife including the mighty ‘Big Five’. The reserve was once the exclusive personal hunting ground of King Shaka Zulu.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Rich in varied flora and fauna, the vast iSimangaliso Wetland Park stretches across 332,000 hectares, making it the third-largest protected area in South Africa. It includes the Lake St Lucia Estuary, which alone features 526 species of bird.
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