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Cruises to Richards Bay

Richards Bay (Photo:Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock)

About Richards Bay

Perched on South Africa's northeastern coastline, north of Durban and south of the border with Mozambique, the industrial port town of Richards Bay affords a gateway to regional attractions in the greater KwaZulu-Natal province. While there's little to engage visitors in the town itself, excursions further afield lead to some interesting cultural highlights in the heart of the Zulu nation, and also propose access to a duo of standout wildlife reserves at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Visitors looking to learn more about the Zulu people might enjoy a visit to Shakaland, a Zulu living history museum (complete with traditional Zulu dance performances), located within the onetime set of the 1980s TV show Shaka Zulu. The main regional lure, however, is for wilderness-and-wildlife lovers: The above-mentioned reserves deliver incredible encounters with a vast array of African animals, including rare black rhinos, hippos and more.

Take special note that the region is a low-risk malarial zone, so be sure to consult with your doctor ahead of time about any advisable preventative measures.

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Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

71 Night
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524 Reviews
Leaving:Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 10, 2022
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Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade

12 Night
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1,936 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade

18 Night
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Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 3, 2021
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Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade

18 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 26, 2022
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19 Night
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Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 2, 2022
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12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jan 27, 2022
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12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
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14 Night
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784 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
Dec 20, 2022
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18 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 26, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 6, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
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12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jan 15, 2022
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114 Night
Cruise to Richards BayDetails

166 Reviews
Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 12, 2023
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44 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 10, 2022
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18 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Mar 28, 2023
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59 Night
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Leaving:Bangkok
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Apr 16, 2022
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15 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Dec 28, 2023
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15 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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15 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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115 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 13, 2023
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116 Night
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Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 11, 2023
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127 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 6, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:AIDA
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16 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Dec 2, 2021
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Why go to Richards Bay?

Pros:

Richards Bay is the gateway port to many of the region's attractions including nature reserves

Cons:

You won't find much of anything to do or see in the port itself, which is mostly industrial

Bottom Line:

If you want to get a taste of African wilderness, you can do it from Richards Bay

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The local currency is the South African rand; current exchange rates can be verified at www.xe.com and ATMs are readily available in town.

Language?

In South Africa, you might hear chattering in any one of 11 (that's not a typo) official languages, but English is spoken pretty much everywhere. Specifically, in the Richards Bay area, after English, you're most likely to hear the isiZulu language of the Zulu people or Afrikaans.


Richards Bay Cruise Reviews
Richard’s Bay is a bit of a sleepy stop. I would recommend getting a guide and heading off to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Park. It takes about 1:15 minutes each way, depending on traffic. We were able to spend... Read More
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Rutman
Took a tour from the ship to the Zulu Cultural Village. Excellent.... Read More
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highseasally
We got a guide from the port and went to see the Hippos.... Read More
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