Richards Bay is a beautiful coastal town in the balmy South African province of KwaZulu Natal. Situated on a lagoon, there is plenty of natural splendour that defines this small holiday hub, which is also known for its almost year-round temperate conditions. In addition, Richards Bay is home to one of the biggest harbours in the country.
In such natural magnificence, being outdoors is a must, at least for part of your stay in KwaZulu Natal. Richards Bay does not disappoint in terms of offering a variety of things to do and see within the beauty of the outdoors.
Richards Bay for Outdoor Enthusiasts: Here are some of the recommended activities and attractions for those that love spending time in nature…
The Zululand Birding Route is a famous route that winds through the gorgeous province, showcasing the more than 600 different species to be found here. Supporting this route does not only mean getting to see a host of exquisite avian species, but the funds are used to protect these birds and conserve their environment. Richards Bay’s Southern Sanctuary is recognised as a formal Important Bird Area.
Hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy the natural abundance of a destination. It gives visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand the smells and textures, to feel the sunshine and the breeze, and to be part of the tranquillity. There are two trails at the Enseleni Nature Reserve. One goes through the grassland and riverine forest, while the other showcases the gorgeous indigenous trees of KwaZulu Natal.
This reserve is home to an enormous array of wildlife and birds, including some that are not commonly found in South Africa. There is a concealed bird hide at the Thulazihleka Pan, which promises uninterrupted views of a number of different avian species.
Make the most of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean by indulging in water sports. Whether you prefer to splash about in the waves or get your adrenalin pumping, there are activities that will keep you cool, even on the hottest South African summer’s day. Waterskiing, yachting, kayaking, surfing, fishing, snorkelling and SCUBA diving are all on the cards for those that love the water.
Game fish are found off the KZN coastline, and make for an exciting day of fishing. Charter a boat (through a provider like Blackwatch Marlin Fishing), and try your hand at catching marlin, tuna, dorado, and sailfish. Of course, there are also plenty of fishing spots along the coast for anglers that prefer to while away the time in peaceful surrounds on their own or with a small group of friends.
This is a freshwater lake that provides the water to Richards Bay. At almost 950 hectares, it is the optimal habitat for a number of species; including hippopotamus, crocodile, and fish eagle. What makes it so very special is its pristine, untouched quality, which is best enjoyed from the Richards Bay Country Club.
There are a number of service providers in Richards Bay that offer horse riding to locals and tourists. This allows these ones to enjoy the scenery at a comfortable pace without tiring themselves out. Dayspring Farmyard, The Barn and the Zululand Equestrian Association are all options.