The summer time is the best time to visit if you want to experience the place at its greenest. Spring and autumn also offer warm and pleasant weather but you’ll find cheap flights to Richards Bay easier to come by as tourism is lower. During late spring to early autumn you can experience an incredible safari where everything is green and brimming with life. Just take the 2 hour trip to Zulu Nyala safari game lodge and start exploring.
During the South African winter temperatures can drop pretty low, especially at night, so make sure to take some warmer clothing with you. Rain is less common but due to the colder weather activities such as surfing and other outdoor related things might be closed or not very enjoyable because of the chill. If you’re just hoping for a getaway though you will find cheap flights to Richard’s Bay and accommodation prices are usually reduced.
Although the winter is colder and less appealing you’ll find the best deals so if budget is an issue you could consider booking during the months in and around winter. Certain holidays or events can also increase flight prices for Richard’s Bay so if you are visiting around Easter for example, make sure you book as early as you possibly can.
Flights from Johannesburg to Richard’s Bay: 1 hour 15 minutes
Flights from Cape Town to Richard’s Bay: 4 hours 15 minutes
Flights from George to Richard’s Bay: 5 hours 10 minutes
Flights from Port Elizabeth to Richard’s Bay: 3 hours 55 minutes
South African Airways is the primary airline that provides regular flights to Richard’s Bay, although you might occasionally find ones that have a connection. Despite the lack of competition flight prices are quite reasonable if you plan ahead.
Taxis are probably your best bet once you land on Richard’s Bay. The airport itself is rather small but you can find taxis outside without much trouble. Make sure you agree on a fee with them before you get in and if you don’t feel safe then simply don’t get in. You can pre-arrange transport such as a coach to collect you, although it won’t be cheap for the privilege. Depending on what you are hoping to do on your trip you could opt to rent a car. The roads are a pleasure to drive although if you only intend on staying in or around Richard’s Bay you might find the cost a bit steep for the benefits you’ll receive.