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Flights to Richards Bay land at Richards Bay Airport (JNB). The drive from the airport to the centre of town is about 15 minutes. Richards Bay is a small coastal town known for its magnificent wetland scenery and harbour, which is the largest in the country. Whether you are passing through or spending a night or two, Richards Bay is a lovely little town where the people are friendly and will make you feel right at home. It is a humble town with no airs and graces, and just the right amount of things to see and do. The lazy streets and casual coastal culture will show you why Richards Bay is one of the nicest cities in South Africa.
South Africans do not need a visa to visit Richards Bay. International visitors will probably need a visa for South Africa.


Attractions in Richards Bay

There are a handful of wonderful things to do in Richards Bay. Nature lovers will enjoy the lush greenery of Enseleni Nature Reserve, a small 293 hectare reserve just outside of town. Covered in coastal grasslands and forest, it is home to a number of interesting creatures, such as the shy purple crested turaco, nocturnal nightjars, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and impala. There are also stunning hiking trails and picnic spots throughout the reserve. If you are into fishing, Richards Bay is the perfect place to rent a charter and toss a line into the water. Marlin and sailfish are the trophy fish of Richards Bay. If you are lucky, you might spot dolphins or whales cruising through the waves during summer. Surfing is also one of the most popular activities in Richards Bay. Alkantstrand Beach has excellent waves and is also a nice spot for just lazing about on the beach. Naval Island also has a really nice beach and activities such as canoeing and sailing. If you want to catch a beautiful sunset, Pelican Island is the place to be.


Shopping in Richards Bay

Boardwalk Inkwazi Mall is the main shopping centre in Richards Bay. You will find large chain stores, boutique fashion and clothing stores, entertainment facilities, and restaurants. Whatever you need, the Boardwalk Mall will most likely have it. If you want something out of the ordinary, Bohemian Beach Bumz is definitely worth a visit. African herbal remedies, hippie clothing, local art, and beautifully crafted jewellery are some of the things you can find at this oddball market. There are a few decent restaurants and bars in Richards Bay that make for a good night out. Most of them are situated in the Meer en See and Arboretum areas.


Transportation in Richards Bay

The best way to get around Richards Bay is by car. There are several car rental agencies at the airport and in the surrounding area. If you do not want to drive, metered taxis and Uber are also available in Richards Bay.


Accommodations in Richards Bay

There are a number of superb guest houses in Richards Bay, as well as a few lovely hotels and inns. Aristo Manor is an elegant affair in Birdswood with a gorgeous interior and all the facilities you need for a comfortable holiday. Gecko Inn is a simple but comfortable 3-star guest house in the Veld en Vlei suburb. If you want terrific views of the water and 4-star luxury, BON Hotel Waterfront is one of the best hotels in Richards Bay. Premier Hotel The Richards is also a fantastic luxury option. Fish Eagle Inn is a nice option if you are looking for affordable accommodation in Richards Bay, or you can pitch a tent in Richards Bay Caravan Park for a truly memorable holiday.


Flights to Richards Bay

Direct flights to Richards Bay depart from Johannesburg and connecting flights to Richards Bay depart from Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and other cities in South Africa. Airlink is the main domestic airline that operates flights to Richards Bay. There are no direct international flights to Richards Bay, but connecting flights depart from many cities around the world.


Our expert preferred spot in Richards Bay

Being on the doorstep of Zululand, spending a night at nearby aha Shakaland Hotel & Zulu Cultural Village is a terrific way to absorb the traditional Zulu culture and experience some truly unique African traditions. An after dinner extravaganza of Zulu dancing, beer drinking ceremony and beer making, fighting formations, and spear throwing are definite highlights.
Witness the best of South Africa in the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park. The park is world renowned for its conservation efforts and its famous inhabitants, the Big 5. Follow the call of the wild through the African bush and keep an eye out for elephants, rhino, buffalo, lions, leopards, and the elusive cheetah.
Head to the beach and catch some waves. Richards Bay is one of the best towns for surfing in South Africa and lures surfers from all around the country with its perfect barrels. Richards Bay does not disappoint if you are searching for great waves and a relaxed town where you can kick back and enjoy the easy rhythm of the East Coast.