The Reserve has remnant stands of swamp forest, the Thulazihleka Bird viewing hide in small swamp and the Tidal Mudflats and shallows south of the Mhlatuzi river. 300 species of birds have been recorded in these habitats including several rare migrant species new to the list of KwaZulu Natal birds.
Some of South Africa's most spectacular wetland scenery can be seen at the Richards Bay Game Reserve, a lagoon where aquatic birds and animal species, including hippopotamus and crocodile, are protected. Numbers of wildlife and birdlife in the Richards Bay Game reserve are ever-increasing and the rare pink-backed pelican has been sighted in the area. Flamingos, cormorants and some waders are prevelant in the reserve. This area is also an important nursery ground for marine fish such as grunter, salmon, perch and yellowfin. The Richards Bay Lagoon is a natural, living example of how both commerce and nature are able to exist side by side in harmony.