Richards Bay - South Africa

This busy port some 70 miles north of Durban boasts the counrty's largest harbour and some of its most magnificent wetland scenery and unspoilt beaches. Situated on a lagoon in the Mhathuze river,.Richards Bay started out as a holiday town and has developed into a major port. There is a choice of shore visits that explore two contrasting aspects of Kwazulu-Natal's exciting wildlife heritage.The coastal St. Lucia Game Reserve is a fascinating wetland reserve with some of the world's highest forested dunes - and game that includes black rhino and South Africa's largest hippo and crocodile populations, as well as flamingo and other exotic birdlife. Inland extends the huge Hluhluwe Game Reserve which supports Africa's greatest concentration of white and black rhino - as well as lion and elephant. Set in the heart of Zululand, the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the "big five" of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. The Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. Established in 1895 game viewing is the prime attraction. Viewing hides overlook pans and waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.