Richards Bay

Giraffe on safari, Richards Bay, South Africa
Giraffe on safari, Richards Bay, South Africa
Hippos in Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Richards Bay - South Africa

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.

Cruises to Richards Bay

Giraffes and Zebras, South Africa Giraffes and Zebras, South Africa Fred. Olsen's Africa and Indian Ocean Cruise

The Intrepid Beauty of Africa & the Indian Ocean • T2330

Sun 19 Nov 2023
93 nights
  • Experience an adventure of a lifetime on this epic circumnavigation of Africa
  • Seek out incredible flora and fauna; visit iconic historic sites; journey off the beaten track; and much more
  • Get a feel for authentic Indian life; enjoy time in Jeddah; and sail the Suez Canal too