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Cruises to Richards Bay

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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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Nautica
Nautica

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Africa CruiseDetails

361 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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South Africa Intensive VoyageDetails

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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
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Norwegian Jade

18 Night
Africa-south AfricaDetails

1,970 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 26, 2023
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Grand Africa VoyageDetails

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Oct 10, 2023
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World CruiseDetails

361 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Apr 4, 2024
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Feb 13, 2024
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794 Reviews
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Dec 20, 2022
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111 Night World CruiseDetails

361 Reviews
Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Feb 25, 2025
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361 Reviews
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Feb 19, 2024
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More about Richards Bay

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 abouRead More
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Rutman
We got a guide from the port and went to see the Hippos. Read More
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Madkel
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Ubiquiti
It was a very average experienceRead More
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