Richards Bay

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Richards Bay
Port of Entry
28°48.600'S, 032°05.670'E Chart icon.png
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Richards Bay is a city encompassing one of South Africa's largest harbours. It is situated on a 30 square kilometre lagoon of the Mhlatuze River, on the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

There is reasonable access to the Kwa Zulu Natal Safari parks from Richards Bay so it makes for a popular stop-over for cruising yachts.


1033 - Richards Bay Harbour
1032 - Approaches to Richards Bay
2088 = Durban to Cape Vidal–Richards bay


Give local weather conditions or refer to another page (a region or island group) that covers these conditions.

Sources for Weather forecasts:



  • SA Maritime Net: The South African Maritime Net operates 7 days a week, and provides weather reports from around the coast, and maintains contact with boats off the coast of South Africa and up into the Mozambique channel. There are two regular scheduled times as follows:
    • 06:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for 5-10 minutes, and then moves to 7,120 kHz.
    • 11:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for approx. 30 mins and then moves down to 7,120 kHz.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets



Before entering the harbour channel, all yachts must call "Richards Bay Port Control" or "Richards Bay VTS" on VHF channel 12 or 16 to request permission to enter the port.


Richards Bay is a port of entry for South Africa. For details see Entrance: South Africa.

On arrival, foreign yachts MUST proceed to the Customs Dock and await the arrival of personnel from Immigration, Customs, and Health. This could take up to 24 hours and a friendly reminder on VHF to Port Control to re-notify these departments of your arrival is often helpful. Do not leave the vessel until ALL the authorities have visited your vessel and completed their documentation.

Update 2011/08: Health does NOT always come, probably depending on last port of call. Several yachts reported waiting up to 4 days for Immigration to show up. Calling Port Control several times/day did NOT  help. The Zululand Yacht club has the phone of a supervisor at Immigration, calling him helped.

There is no cost for these check-in procedures and no cost for berthing at the Customs Dock. Beware of cockroaches!

For entrance details see South Africa.

Note: Anyone wishing to visit a neighboring country must obtain a re-entry visa before leaving.


Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Tuzi Gazi - opposite the Customs Dock
Photo - Tuzi Gazi Marina}

Tuzi Gazi Marina

Tuzi Gazi Marina/wiki/Richards_Bay#Tuzi_Gazi_Marina
Marina icon Tuzi Gazi Marina [[Richards Bay#Tuzi Gazi Marina|Tuzi Gazi Marina]] 28°47.686'S, 032°04.828'E
Port of Entry

A full-service, secure marina that is situated directly opposite the Customs Dock. Full facilities, fuel (on request), water, electricity, showers, laundry, chandlery. Carpenters and stainless steel manufacturer on-site.; Tel: +27 (35) 788 0459; Fax: +27 (35) 788 0033; VHF channels 69 & 12
Address: Pioneer Road, Small Craft Harbour, Tuzi Gazi Waterfront, Richards Bay 3901, South Africa
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing

Zululand Yacht Club

Zululand Yacht Club/wiki/Richards_Bay#Zululand_Yacht_Club
Marina icon Zululand Yacht Club [[Richards Bay#Zululand Yacht Club|Zululand Yacht Club]] (ZLYC) 28°47.507'S, 032°04.960'E
Port of Entry

The ZLYC is a full-service marina that welcomes all foreign and returning South African yachts. Hot showers, laundry, bar, restaurant and swimming pool. Chandlery and boatyard.; Tel: +27 (35) 788 0256; Fax: +27 (35) 788 0254; VHF channel XX
Address: P.O. Box 10387, Meerensee, Richards Bay 3901, South Africa
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing




Water In both Tuzi Gazi Marina and Zululand Yacht Club
Electricity In both Tuzi Gazi Marina and Zululand Yacht Club
Toilets In both Tuzi Gazi Marina and Zululand Yacht Club
Showers In both Tuzi Gazi Marina and Zululand Yacht Club
Laundry In both Tuzi Gazi Marina and Zululand Yacht Club
Garbage Bins in Tuzi Gazi Marina and Zululand Yacht Club
Fuel ?
Bottled gas At Builders Warehouse in the suburb of Arboretum
Chandlers In both Tuzi Gazi Marina and Zululand Yacht Club
Repairs In both Tuzi Gazi Marina and Zululand Yacht Club
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc.

  • Pick'n Pay and Spar are supermarkets in the suburb of Meerensee, about 3kms from Zululand Yacht Club.

Eating out

Give the name of recommended restaurants, tavernas, pastry stores, etc.


List transportation (local and/or international.)

  • Taxi is the easiest short term option for access to shops. Ask for a recommendation at the offices of Zululand Yacht Club.



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

List places of interest, tours, etc.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See South Africa.


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