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Richards Bay at a glance

Richards Bay originally started as a small harbour town named after the harbour owner Sir Frederick Richards, who set it up during the Anglo Boer War in 1879. For many years, the town was little more than a sleepy fishing town until a hydrographic survey revealed that Richards Bay had even greater development potential than Durban. However, the transformation of Richards Bay into the country’s largest harbour and the world’s largest coal terminal only happened in 1976.

Despite this, Richards Bay has some of the most spectacular wetland scenery and unspoilt beaches on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal. The Zululand Birding Route includes Richards Bay Harbour and the Game Reserve, known also as New Mouth, on its route. This part of the route covers sandbanks, mud flats, extensive mangroves, freshwater pans and forest areas and bird watchers can spot a number of rarities such as the cuckoo hawk and pygmy goose. New Mouth features a number of aquatic birds as well as hippos and crocodiles.

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  • Richards Bay Christian School
  • Veldenvlei Primary School
  • John Ross College
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Market & Opinion
Ten of the best family neighbourhoods to rent for R20k per month
07 Oct 2022
The rental rate for a family house in a middle-class suburb is now around R14,000 to R28,000 per month with the average at around R20,000, according to the Seeff Property Group.
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Richards Bay property market booming for buyers and sellers
24 Mar 2022
The Richards Bay property market has boomed over the last year, ending with the highest turnover in over five years, driven by the interest rate, which remains historically low despite the recent hikes and the favourable bank lending conditions.
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