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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.

Property Types

  • Houses
  • Townhouses
  • Apartments
  • Vacant Land

Schools

  • Richards Bay Christian School
  • Veldenvlei Primary School
  • John Ross College
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2020 Vision – outlook and trends in the residential property market
11 Dec 2019
Following another year of tepid economic growth, and with the latest round of load shedding further dampening the economy and expected to result in a Moody’s downgrade early next year, where does that leave South Africa’s residential property market?
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Where to Find Pet-Friendly Estates in SA
09 May 2019
Offering additional security features and often fostering a deeper sense of community, estate living is becoming increasingly popular. However, most estates make it increasingly difficult (if not impossible) for homeowners to keep pets. Buyers who want to purchase within estates are therefore advised to tailor their search to include suburbs that offer known pet-friendly options.
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