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About Richards Bay

Richards Bay is a town on the KwaZulu-Natal coast on a lagoon of the Mhlatuze River, which gives it one of the country's largest harbours. The place is still a relative youngster, laid out around the lagoon in 1954 and proclaimed a town in 1969. There’s a large and pleasant shopping mall in the centre with many restaurants to choose from. Further afield is the TuziGazi Waterfront, a marina with hotels, and several restaurants. It’s a popular place for family holidays because of year round fabulous weather and its lovely sand. It’s also great for surfing, and hosted the the South African Surf Championships in 2015.

Travel Tips

Book a hire car in advance or pre-order a taxi to meet you at the airport, as there is no permanent taxi rank. The town centre doesn’t have many attractions, but there are beaches, nature reserves and a wider range of restaurants within driving distance.  The weather is generally warm to hot, so even in winter you may get away with shorts and a t-shirt.

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