Richards Bay Accommodation

Richards Bay offers visitors a wide variety of options from self-catering cottages, to budget accommodation and luxury hotels to hotels in the city centre. Its close proximity to interesting regions as well as its pristine beaches make it a good place to stop over on a South African road trip.

Richards Bay is situated in northern part of KwaZulu Natal – so far north in fact that the Mozambique border is just a few hours away. It is situated on the coast and as such experiences slightly less extreme temperature fluctuations than inland destinations. The Richard’s Bay climate is subtropical with hot humid summers and warm, drier winters. The warm Indian Ocean ensures that swimming is possible all year ‘round.

Richards Bay’s main claim to fame is as an industrial town, having started its life as a harbour. Today it is a deep sea harbour and hub of mining activity. The dunes around the town, which lies 180 kilometres north of Durban, are mined for coal, titanium and iron. But despite the mining activity and industrial nature of the place, one can still have a good time in Richards Bay.

The city is situated on a coastal plain, meaning the area is largely flat. It is dotted with unique coastal dune forest but of course, the glistening white beaches steal the show. Alkanstrand Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Richards Bay due to its Blue Flag status. The water is pleasantly warm and safe to swim in and the beach is spotlessly clean. It is popular amongst sun worshippers, walkers and joggers.

The consistent wind received by this section of the KwaZulu Natal coast make Richards Bay a hot kite-surfing spot too, while the Richard’s Bay Estuary is a great place for bird lovers to relax and tick off some species from their ‘must-see’ lists. To make it even more of a convenient spot to holiday, Richards Bay has a small airport catering for tourists.

Whether for work or play, a trip to Richard’s Bay will not disappoint.

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Nyathi Lodge

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We pride ourselves on superb African hospitality and personal attention while providing comfort and luxury at an affordable price. Situated close to the Richards Bay airport, CBD, swimming beaches and... More Info

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Hippo Inn

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Hippo Inn are situated in a upmarket suburb Meer en See in Richards Bay. This Guesthouse offers luxury accommodation that is ideal for business and leisure. Five en-suite rooms, with two three quarter... More Info

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Set in the lovely quiet suburb of Arboretum extension in Richards’s bay, this three star lodge is situated approximately 1.5 km from the CBD and Boardwalk shopping complex where you will find numerous... More Info

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Figtree Lane lodge situated in Richards Bay, on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It is conveniently placed between Durban and the nature reserves in the north of KZN and has one of the largest harbo... More Info

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DuneSide Guest House is located in the city of uMhlathuze, Richards Bay, in the heart of KwaZulu Natal. The true gateway to the most prestigious game parks, beaches, game lodges and sanctuaries in Zul... More Info

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The perfect place for business men / women and couples. All apartments have breathtaking views overlooking Pelican Island and the Yacht Club.... More Info

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Benguela B & B

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Your Hosts Louis & Lyndy Gersbach welcomes you to an affordable accommodation in the suburb of Meerensee. Centrally situated, close to shopping centres and businesses, 5 min to beach. Richards Bay o... More Info

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Richards Bay Caravan Park, one of two resorts in Richards Bay close to the beach, was nominated as the Number One Caravan Park in the Top 20 for 2006/7. This four star Caravan Park is situated in the ... More Info

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La Rochelle is situated in Meerensee, the beach and lake suburb of Richards Bay. Guests may choose to spend time on one of the numerous popular beaches, all only a few minutes away by car, or soak up ... More Info

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Fresh sea breezes and warm hospitality. The Bayshore Inn is the ideal seaside escape offering comfortable accommodation to suit the budget conscious traveller. Situated in the exclusive suburb of Meer... More Info

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Richards Bay Reviews

Richards Bay Accommodation has been rated 4/5 based on 29 reviews.

Richards Bay
Humid! The place was quite small, and there wasn't much variety. However, the waterfront was great and I recommend going to Porky's to eat out (don't let the name fool you, Porky's is an excellent restaurant).
- Elon Appel

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It's a perfect location, the sea and the mall makes you feel like staying there forever.
- Sezanele Zondi

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People are friendly the weather is nice and warm and the beach was clean and not crowded.
- eve Bodiba

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My overall impression of the town is favorable with well maintained roads, good shopping centers and great facilities.
- Martin Birtwhistle

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Richards Bay is a stunning holiday destination.
The roads are wide and the views spectacular.
We will be visiting again soon!

- MONIQUE FEILING