Richards Bay, a town on the east coast of South Africa, has one of the country’s largest harbours.Situated in the north of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Richard’s Bay is a gateway to Zululand,offering easy access to the wide range of cultural villages and game reserves in the area.
The game reserves of KwaZulu-Natal are some of the few places where good game viewing and scuba diving and deep-sea fishing can be enjoyed in close proximity to one another. Various nature reserves and game parks offer a wide variety of experiences, and habitats range from coastal dune forests to open bushveld. Birdlife is prolific, and an extraordinary selection of animals, including the Big Five, can be seen. Add to this the opportunity to do some whale watching at the coast, and perhaps even view the endangered Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles, and you have a perfect combination of bush and beach.
KwaZulu-Natal’s National Reserves include the famous Hluhulwe-Umfolozi Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetlands. A corridor joins the Hluhluwe and Umfolozi reserves and they operate as a single park. The white rhino was saved from extinction in these reserves and today the focus is on saving the endangered black rhino. The park currently supports over 2000 white and back rhino – the largest concentration in the world. It is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife, including the Big Five – rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo.
The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. It is a combination of several individual natural wonders, each with its own unique features and activities. Lake St Lucia is the largest estuarine body of water in Southern Africa, and is separated from the ocean by a coastal terrace. Around it, a complex maze of vleis, pans, swamp forests and grasslands interconnect to form no less than five separate ecosystems.