Richards Bay is situated on a 30 square meter lagoon of the Mhlathuze river.
Richards Bay began its existence as a small fishing town and flourished with the development of the Port of Richards Bay.
The Richards Bay Coal Terminal is the largest coal export facility in the world with a capacity of 91 million tons per year.
Two Aluminium Smelters, operated by BHP Biliton as well as a Fertiliser plant operated by Foskor, has been erected at the Port of Richards Bay.
The Richards Bay harbour is the deepest and largest port in the country.
The warm Indean Ocean beaches are ideal for swimming, surfing, yatching, kayaking and most other water sports.
Alkantstrand and Newark Beaches are protected by shark-nets and full life guard duty.
Richards Bay arguably rates as one of the BEST URBAN birding experiences in the country. With a wide variety of areas to visit.
Over 350 species occur in the immediate town area.
Dolphin viewing, whale watching as well as many Nature Reserves around Richards Bay is a very attractive tourist attraction.
The freshwater natural Lake Mzingazi is home to an abundance of hippos and crocodiles and is the favourate feeding place of the fish eagles for which the town is renowned.
Dayspring Bird park; Mfolozi Bird Park; Maphelane Wildlife Reserve; Thula Thula Animal Reserve; St Lucia Wetlands; Umfolozi Game Reserve; Crockrock Crocodile Farm are all atractivities within a radius of 100 km around Richards Bay