Region: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Physical Address: Cnr Krewelkring and Hibberd Drive, Meerensee, Richards Bay,3901, Kwazulu Natal
Richards Bay began its life as a makeshift harbour, during the Anglo-Boer War of 187, set up by Sir Frederick Richards, after whom it is also named. 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 KwaZulu’s North Coast. 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.
A beautiful 1 hour drive from Three Cities Imvubu Lodge is Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. Set in the historical hills of Zululand, in-between villages of bee-hive huts and verdant forests, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is a renowned game park and conservancy. It is the oldest game park in Africa, established in 1895, and is one of the best known game parks in Southern Africa – famous for its role in rhino conservation an particularly its involvement with the famous Operation Rhino project.
Private beach access to the warm Indian Ocean is provided directly off Three Cities Imvubu Lodge site. Swimming is recommended at the popular Alkantstrand, just a few minutes’ drive from the Lodge itself, as lifeguards do not patrol the adjcent beach.
DIRECTIONS TO IMVUBU LODGE: Cnr Krewelkring and Hibberd Drive, Meerensee, Richards Bay, Kwazulu Natal
Travel Distances from Airports:
150km from King Shaka International Airport.
10.8km for Richards Bay Airport