Attractions IN Richards Bay

Nature Reserves

Enseleni Nature Reserve

The Enseleni Nature Reserve is a small reserve of 293 hectares lying just inland from the town of Richards Bay, almost midway between Empangeni and Richards Bay. Obviously it is a popular day's outing for visitors to the area, and the coastal grasslands ...

Golf Courses

Mzingazi Golf Estate

The Mzingazi Golf Estate is situated in the quiet seaside town of Richard’s Bay, known for its balmy weather and excellent beaches. In fact, the golf course is flanked by the Indian Ocean and the Mzingazi Lake, making it just about perfectly placed for ...

Game Reserves

Richards Bay Game Reserve

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 ...

Attractions AROUND Richards Bay

Mountain Passes

Cecil Mack's Pass

Cecil Mack's Pass is one of the most remote border crossings in South Africa. It lies in the Lebombo Mountains on the boundary between KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland. Officially it has been closed since flood damage washed almost all of the pass away in ...

Nature Reserves

Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve

Found just outside the little town of Eshowe, the Dlinza Forest is one of two indigenous forests that lie close to one another in this southern part of Zululand; the other is Entumeni. Dlinza, 250-hectares of incredibly beautiful forest bisected by ...

Golf Courses

Empangeni Golf Club

The Empangeni Country Club was formed in the early 1900's and photographs of the first Club president and honours board indicate that record keeping was initiated in 1921. The original 18 hole Golf Course was laid out and maintained by predominately ...

Nature Reserves

Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park

The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park was declared South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site on 1 December 1999. It is considered South Africa's third largest park and extends from Mapelane (Cape St. Lucia) in the South, to Kozi Bay in the North. The ...

Game Reserves

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is the only park under formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal where the Big Five occur. Established in 1895, this is the oldest game park in South Africa along with nearby St Lucia Reserve. Set in the heart of Zululand this is ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Game Reserves / Lakes / Dams / National Parks / Nature Reserves / World Heritage Sites

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia Wetland Park lies on the north eastern edge of KwaZulu-Natal. The incredibly beautiful series of beaches, coral reefs, lakes, swamps, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands that stretch ...

Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Kuleni Game Park

Kuleni Game Park is the product of many years or careful thought and planning. It's a warm and friendly place, created in the wild to give a feeling of safety and togetherness with the wildlife and the beautiful environment. Peace, freedom and a sense of ...

Nature Reserves

Mapelane Nature Reserve

Mapelane Nature Reserve is the southernmost reserve within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The Mapelane Nature Reserve is situated on the south bank of the Umfolozi River where it enters the sea, opposite the little village of St Lucia. The reserve is an ...

Forests / Nature Reserves

Ongoye Forest Nature Reserve

Ngoye Forest Reserve, better known as the Ongoye Forest Reserve, lies in the north of KwaZulu-Natal between Mtunzini, Eshowe and Emangeni, some 150 kilometres north of Durban. Ongoye is regarded as one of the 'gems' along the Zululand Birding Route for ...

Popular Tourist Routes / Heritage Routes

Route 66 Zululand Heritage Route

Whilst the name of the route brings the battlefields of Ladysmith, Colenso, Dundee and Volksrust to mind, Route 66 is of a slightly different nature. Rather than heading up and around the N3, Route 66 takes one along a parallel route, slightly further ...

Nature Reserves

Umlalazi Nature Reserve

Umlalazi Nature Reserve is a strip of green on KwaZulu-Natal's north coast at the town of Mtunzini, roughly half an hour's drive from Richards Bay. The reserve is probably most famous for its protected group of Palmnut vultures, and the raphia palm ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Zululand Birding Route

KwaZulu-Natal is a world-famous birding venue, its forests, grasslands, mountains, wetlands, bushveld and estuarine, coastline and open ocean habitats a feast of diverse birding. The coastal province is divided into two main birding ...

... and a little further afield

Nature Reserves

Amatikulu Nature Reserve

Roughly an hour's drive from Durban, the Amatikulu Nature Reserve is one of those rare natural spaces where, not only will you be one of few people (particularly during the week), but you can see wildlife feeding on forested dunes overlooking the sea – ...

Game Reserves

AmaZulu Game Reserve

Situated in Northern KwaZulu Natal, on the banks of the Mkuze River, the Amazulu Private Game Reserve is the home of the Amakhosi and Mkuze Falls Lodges. Boasting 10 000 hectares, this private game reserve is made up of a varied ecosystem. The diversity ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Battlefields Route

The KwaZulu Natal hinterland has witnessed some of the most brutal and significant battles to be fought in South Africa. These historical sites form part of the Battlefields Route, a trip through 14 historical towns whose surrounding areas boast the ...

Landmarks / Memorials / Nature Reserves

eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park

Set in the valley also known as the Valley of Kings, eMakhosini Opathe Heritage Park lies less than 10 kilometres south of the town of Ulundi on the banks of the White Mfolozi River and incorporates the Ophathe Game Reserve and the eMakhosini Valley ...

Forests / Nature Reserves

Entumeni Nature Reserve

Just outside the historical Zululand town of Eshowe, in the heart of the balmy KwaZulu-Natal Province, lies the beautiful forest reserve of Entumeni. This is a small nature reserve, occupying only about 750 hectares, but is rich in plant- and animal ...

Game Reserves / Game Farms / Game Parks

Falaza Wildlife Park

Falaza is aptly named after a war veteran of King Cetshwaya's Zulu Impi (1873-1883), who, over a century ago fought against the British forces at the famous battle of Isandlwana. His village, built on the fertile banks of the Mzinene river, was known by ...

Museums

Fort Nongqayi Museum Village

This beautiful old fort was originally created in the middle of the Dlinza Forest in eShowe in 1883. Around 90 barefoot Zulu police (known as the Nongqayi or 'restrainers') moved into the building to maintain law and order in Zululand in what today ...

Nature Reserves

iGwala Gwala Nature Reserve

iGwala Gwala Nature Reserve lies just outside of Ithala Game Reserve and is a registered Heritage Site. As such the reserve has a rich biodiversity with tracts of riverine and other forest in the lower parts of the reserve that attract a particularly ...

Game Reserves

Ithala Game Reserve

This magnificent Ithala Game reserve, tumbling from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains a thousand meters down into a deep valley, carved over the aeons by the Phongolo River revealing the world's oldest rock formations, is a game viewers paradise ...

Lakes / Dams

Lake Phobane

Having been constructed almost 30 years ago, Lake Phobane is 14 kilometres long and accommodates about 300 million cubic metres of water. It is idyllically situated in the Umhlatuze Valley, surrounded by the breath-taking Mabelebele Mountain Range, which ...

Richards Bay as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

AmaZulu Game Reserve, Empangeni, Eshowe, Hluhluwe, Isandlwana, Jozini, Kuleni Game Park, Kwambonambi, Louwsburg, Meerensee, Melmoth, Monzi, Mtunzini, Paulpietersburg, Pongola, Pongola Nature Reserve, Pongolapoort, Rorkes Drift, Ulundi, Vryheid

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