The quaint harbor town of Richards Bay lies in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province and is often called the gateway to Zululand. Richards Bay is on a lagoon in the Mhlatuze River and boasts not only one of the deepest natural harbors in the world, but also the biggest in South Africa. The erstwhile fishing village is gradually being sought out by travelers, courtesy its virgin beaches and excellent climate. It is frequented by tourists who want a quiet retreat and soak in its remarkable landscapes. Johannesburg and Pretoria are nearly a seven-hour drive from Richards Bay, whereas Durban is just two-hours away. There’s plenty to explore and do here. Outdoor lovers can swim, surf or go hiking. You will enjoy a visit to the Richards Bay Game Reserve, which was set up to safeguard the lagoon animals. Visit Pelican Island to enjoy the sunset and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here’s a look at some top self-catering accommodations in Richards Bay, South Africa, to plan the perfect holiday.
Set amid a picturesque location and overlooking the beach, Imvubu Lodge is the ideal self-catering accommodation for those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The hotel is less than 5 miles (8 km) away from Richards Bay and is surrounded by lush green foliage. The air-conditioned rooms in the chalet are comfortable and well furnished. You also get an attached bathroom with a shower. Most units have a well-equipped kitchen where you can cook. The hotel also serves breakfast that can be eaten in the room. Enjoy a barbecue with family or eat at the hotel’s restaurant while gazing at the sea. Play some golf or take a dip in the pool. You can head to the Meerensee Mall, which is in the vicinity to indulge in some shopping. The Richards Bay Game Reserve is a little over 5 miles (8 km) from here.
Address: Corner Krewelkring & Hibberd Drive
Price: from 74 USD
Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Golf course (within 3 km) Newspapers
This bed and breakfast in Richards Bay is quite cozy and has a homely feel. Guests can relax in the room and have access to a private bathroom. The property has a lovely garden and guests get to soak in the scenic views as the rental overlooks a lake. Guests can prepare a snack in the well-equipped kitchenette, which has a microwave, a fridge, and a kettle. The Richards Bay Game Reserve is 10.7 miles (17.2 km) away from this self-catering accommodation. You can also visit the Enseleni Nature Reserve or indulge in some shopping at the from Meer n See Shopping Centre. Lake Mzingazi is 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from the rental.
Shayamoya Self Catering And Accommodation
Address: Mbuyazi Road ; Nzalabantu
Price: from 46 USD
Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Dry cleaning Free parking Internet services WiFi Free WiFi
This pet-friendly guesthouse is popular with travelers and is near Alkantstrand Beach. The self-catering accommodation is near the waterfront and has comfortable rooms that have attached bathrooms. Some units offer a garden or pool views. Guests can enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or play billiards. There is also a library if you want to borrow a book to read. Guests can avail free parking on site. You can also prepare meals in the kitchen, which some units have. You can also ask for breakfast at an additional charge. Lake Mzingazi and Pelican Beach are in the vicinity. The Richards Bay Game Reserve and Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre are a short drive from Crayfish Creek.
Address: 10 Crayfish Creek, Meerensee, Richards Bay
Price: from 52 USD
Parking Pets allowed Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms
Located in a peaceful location, this charming self-catering accommodation is favored by couples. The Hilton Manor Guest House has charming air-conditioned bedrooms and you can gaze at the mesmerizing views from the window. Guests also get access to a private bathroom and some units have a kitchen where meals can be prepared. Watch TV and unwind or watch the sunset on the lake from your room’s terrace. The rental also offers breakfast and guests can enjoy a barbecue too. The guesthouse is 8.9 miles (14.4 km) away from the Enseleni Nature Reserve. The Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre and Lake Mzingazi are a short drive from here.
Hillton Manor Guest House
Address: 37 Shad Shoal, Meerensee
Price: from 67 USD
Parking Room service Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Family rooms
This bed and breakfast, in Richards Bay, is just 3.6 miles (5.8 km) from the Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre and 5.6 miles (9.1 km) from the Richards Bay Game Reserve. All the units at the Blue Marlin Guesthouse have a sitting space and are air-conditioned. Some units at this self-catering accommodation also have a kitchen that has both a microwave and an oven. The property also has a restaurant where guests can enjoy authentic South African cuisine. Guests are served a continental breakfast. The Meer n See Shopping Centre is a short walk from here.
Blue Marlin Guest House
Address: 11 Kabeljoukade
Price: from 58 USD
This lovely three-bedroom apartment lies in Richards Bay Meerensee suburb. Beach Dunes is air-conditioned and accommodates six people easily. The spacious self-catering accommodation has a modern kitchen that includes a microwave and an oven. Guests can also avail on-site parking and space is huge enough to fit a car and a ski-boat. You can unwind in the lounge area and watch TV. Enjoy a cup of coffee out in the patio or in the garden. You can also swim in the pool. Guests can go horse riding, fishing or golfing to keep themselves entertained. The rental is just five minutes’ by car from the ski-boat club and a short walk from Alkantstrand Beach. Several eateries are a short walk from the apartment. The Richards Bay Game Reserve is 4.9 miles (8 km) away.
Beach Dunes Holiday Apartment
Address: 9 Trapie Truter Drive Meerensee
Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Fishing Laundry Dry cleaning Ironing service Free parking
Located in the CBD this quaint lodge with comfortable interiors in Richards Bay is perfect for business and leisure travelers alike. The units at this self-catering accommodation are air-conditioned and feature a well-equipped kitchen. Guests can cook easily if they so desire or enjoy buffet breakfast. The bedrooms at Seagull Lodge are spacious and clean. Guests get access to a private bathroom. The lodge also has an outdoor pool where you can swim. The rental also has a garden and guests can enjoy a barbecue with family. There is plenty to explore and do. You can go cycling, fishing or go for a walk on the beach. The Richards Bay Game Reserve is 5 miles (8.2 km) away. Several restaurants and a supermarket are a short walk from here. The Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre is also nearby.
Address: 97 Via Cassiandra, CBD
Price: from 69 USD
This self-catering apartment in Richards Bay has two bedrooms and is great for a small group. One has a double bed and the other one two single beds. There are also two bathrooms that have a tub. Mzingazi Waterfront also has a lovely swimming pool and a private balcony where guests can unwind. The air-conditioned rental has a dining space and you can watch TV if bored. The kitchen is well-equipped and guests can cook a meal. There are plenty of activities such as fishing and windsurfing that guests can do. The Enseleni Nature Reserve is easily accessible from the property.
Address: Bridgetown rd Mzingazi Waterfront
Price: from 184 USD
Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Fishing Family rooms Windsurfing BBQ facilities Outdoor pool
This guesthouse overlooks the lake and has modern interiors. All the rooms at the Emangunini Guesthouse are kitted with wardrobes and a flat-screen TV. They are also air-conditioned so that guests are comfortable. Some rooms offer a pool view and guests can swim in the outdoor pool. Guests can also go cycling, snorkeling, canoeing, diving, horse riding and windsurfing near the self-catering rental. The rental has a shared kitchen where you can prepare a snack if you want. The Meer n See Shopping Centre is a short walk from here. Guests can plan a day trip to the Richards Bay Game Reserve and the Enseleni Nature Reserve from here easily.
Emangunini Guest house
Address: 18 Knorhaanbaai, Meer en See
Price: from 41 USD
Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Fishing Free parking Canoeing Diving
This beautiful holiday home in Richards Bay is perfect for a quiet retreat. The Tomels Villa has air-conditioned units and the rooms at this self-catering accommodation are quite spacious and clean. You also have access to an attached bathroom. There is a well-equipped kitchen where guests can prepare meals. You can relax in the seating area and watch TV. Children will enjoy the playground available at the rental. There is also an outdoor swimming pool where you can unwind. You can go fishing nearby or head to the Richards Bay Country Club for some fun times. If you feel like eating out, head to Jack’s Corner which is nearby.
Address: 65 Maasbanker Meerensee
Parking Bar Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Fishing Family rooms Games room
Enjoy the quiet harbor town of Richards Bay
This serene harbor town has some lovely beaches where travelers can unwind. You can plan day trips to Richards Bay Game Reserve and see the lagoon animals. Go cycling, canoeing or diving to satiate the adventure seeker within you. Book yourselves into one of the self-catering accomodations listed above and have a wonderful holiday.
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