Richard’s Bay

Richards Bay boasts the country's largest harbor and some of its most magnificent wetland scenery. The town also offers the visitor entrance to Zululand. This part of the African continent is a land of exquisite beauty unique in its incredible diversity. Richards Bay is a vibrant town and is quickly becoming a chosen north coast holiday destination, offering spectacular beaches and unspoilt natural scenery. Richards Bay is one of the closest sea destinations from Gauteng and enjoys a summer climate all year round. The coastline stretches about three hundred and fifty kilometers from the mouth of the Tugela River in the south to the Mozambique border in the north. The coastal plain includes beautiful beaches and conservation areas and contains the largest estuarine system in Southern Africa.
 
 In 1935 the Richards Bay Game Sanctuary was created to protect the ecology around the lagoon and later by 1943 it expanded into the Richards Bay Park. The town was laid-out on the shores of the lagoon in 1954 and proclaimed a town in 1969. In 1976 Richards Bay harbor was converted into a deep water harbor with railway and an oil/gas pipeline linking the port to Johannesburg. An aluminium smelter and fertilizer plant have been erected at the harbor. Titanium is mined from the sand dunes close to the lagoon. The commercial and industrial development of Richards Bay has been a bonus for the sophisticated tourist and holiday maker. Besides very rapid industrial expansion, the tourism industry of this region is flourishing. Richards Bay has a flourishing business centre as well as fantastic recreational facilities for residents and visitors alike.
 
SA Express fly’s from Johannesburg to Richards Bay 7 days a week, making both business and leisure a seamless process.