Richards Bay overview

The lively and astir town of Richards Bay in KwaZalu-Natal, South Africa was established in 1879. The town rests on a 30 square kilometre lagoon of the Mhlatuze River making it one of the biggest harbors in South Africa. Richards Bay started of as a makeshift harbor set up by Commodore of the Cape: Sir Frederick Richards during the Anglo-Boer War. Coupled with stunning beaches and phenomenal scenery, Richards Bay is quickly becoming the holiday destination in the North Coast. The populace of Richards Bay is 57,387 and 48% speak Zulu making it the primary language of the town, followed by English and Afrikaans. Industrial tourism is being promoted in Richards Bay and groups are able to visit power plants, mines and other industrial operations.

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Richards Bay, the pulsating town in the KwaZulu–Natal province with some noteworthy tourist attractions. One of the ‘must see’ places includes The Richards Bay Game Sanctuary. The sanctuary was created in 1935. Richards Bay offers boat tours organized by Port Sail Charters. The Sunset Cruise is a popular option from Port Sail Charters. The Sunset Cruise is quintessential in every way; the views of the harbor, sighting the dolphins and the beautiful sunset make the cruise worthwhile. The Sunset cruise is a tourist favourite and is perfect for a romantic evening. Alkantstrand Beach is a fabulous visit while in Richards Bay. The scenic beach is perfect for swimming, surfing and in general relaxing. The beach is located nigh to the Richards Bay Seaport; the beach offers a restaurant, grassy area for picnics making it the idyllic place for a family. Alkantstrand Beach is highly recommended for those who want a place to relax.
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Food and Drinks in Richards Bay

In Richards Bay, a great deal of the restaurants offers and serve seafood. This is because the town, Richards Bay is located on the lagoon of the Mhaltuze River, which means that many of the restaurants will include and incorporate seafood into their menus. Nevertheless, if you don’t fancy seafood, there are other restaurants that serve other types of food such as Indian cuisine, Thai, and others with fusions of Italian flavors. There is simply a lot to choose from. For drinks, try the wine lists, or the non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages which are readily available in restaurants.

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