In 1879 British Rear Admiral, Sir Frederick Williams Richards ended up on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, where he set up a small port and fishing village. Today Richards Bay has the largest coal export terminal in the world and it is part of the largest port in Africa.
Richards Bay is one of the few cities in the country to promote Industrial Tourism. Industries such as Richards Bay Minerals offer tours of the plants and operations, which visitors find very interesting. The facility has 4 terminals; coal, island view storage, dry bulk and a multi-purpose terminal, which handles bulk commodities such as granite and steel.
Richards Bay Minerals is recognised as a world leader in sand mining and mineral processing operations. It has 5 mining operations in the Richards Bay area making it the largest mining operation in South Africa. Richards Bay Minerals produces 25% of the world's demand for titania slag, zircon, rutile and high purity pig iron.
Richards Bay is the closest sea destination from Johannesburg, offering wonderful warm weather all year round, it really is one of the ideal holiday paradises. Richards Bay is very modern and offers all needed amenities for any kind of holiday maker.
The Richards Bay coastline does not only include stunning beaches and lovely warm water, it also has the biggest estuarine system in southern Africa.
Activities include in and around Richards Bay include surfing, hiking, fishing, day-trip for guests on business, Whale watching, 4x4 adventures, nature trails, bathing and last but not least the Richards Bay Game Reserve, featuring Hippo, Crocodile and aquatic birds.