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Richards Bay, South Africa-port

Richards Bay is one of South Africa’s largest harbors, and is the tourist’s gateway to Zululand, once the mightiest of the sub-Saharan African Kingdoms. Richards Bay began its life as a makeshift harbor, set up by Sir Fredererick Richards, after whom it is named, during the Anglo-Boer War of 1880-81. Richards Bay has some of the most spectacular wetland scenery and pristine beaches on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal. Join us as we explore the land of King Shaka, or embark on an unforgettable safari to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Dumazulu Cultural Village
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve and Lunch
    Seated TourRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Shakaland
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • St. Lucia At Leisure
    Light Activity /Walking
  • St. Lucia Wetland Nature Reserve
    Seated Tour
  • Zulu Croc Reptile Park
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Zulu Nyala Game Reserve and Boma Dinner
    Seated TourRegent ChoiceMealEvening Tour

Dumazulu Cultural Village

Light Activity /Walking Meal

Duration: 5 hours

Tour Code: RIC-007

Explore the culture and traditions of the Zulu tribe during this unique and informative visit to the Dumazulu Traditional Village.

Depart the pier for the drive on the National Highway towards Mtubatuba, then continue north to Thundering Zulu, or Dumazulu. Upon arrival, you will proceed to the Dumazulu Traditional Village for an opportunity to participate in an authentic Zulu cultural experience.

The Dumazulu Traditional Village is home to more than 50 Zulu residents that form part of a living museum. It is the largest Zulu village of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and the only Zulu village to be opened up to tourism by King Goodwill Zwelithini, who placed the Royal Zulu stamp of approval on the objectives and authenticity of Dumazulu.

Upon arrival, you will be served refreshments and introduced to your guides, then be invited into the chief's homestead, or kraal. Here, you can watch and learn about the various Zulu traditions, including basket-weaving, spear and shield-making, beadwork, pot-making, sangoma bone-throwing, and spectacular Zulu dancing.

Please note: This tour involves a substantial amount of walking over uneven gravel at the Zulu Village, which can be slightly muddy after heavy rain. Guests with limited mobility and guests in wheelchairs can manage this tour with the assistance of a traveling companion The drive from the pier to the village is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. Guests are encouraged to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. It is customary for unmarried Zulu women to go topless. No photographs or videos may be taken of the traditional healer, or sangoma. Order of sites visited may vary.