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  • Vibrant, upmarket harbour community in Richards Bay, a great gateway to the Elephant Coast
  • All apartments have great views over the waterfront
  • Pubs, restaurants, beaches and many amenities nearby

Mzingazi Waterfront Village

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Richards Bay


-28.7927, 32.0813


Mzingazi Waterfront Village is a residential complex situated on the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront in Richards Bay. The town lies at the sea edge of an ancient floodplain, and forms the tourist gateway to the Elephant Coast and Zululand. It has lovely wetland scenery and some of the best beaches on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal.

The apartments range from hanging over the water with a private jetty, to just away from the water with a swimming pool in front. Apart from the larger units that sleep up to 6 guests, there are also studio and bachelor apartments. All units are air-conditioned, and have TV with M-Net. Laundry and ironing services can be provided at an extra charge, but there there are laundrettes on the premises. Each unit has an open or lock-up garage, and there is 24-hour security at the complex.

The Zululand Birding Route includes Richards Bay Harbour and the New Mouth Game Reserve in its route. This part of the route covers sandbanks, mud flats, extensive mangroves, freshwater pans and forest areas. 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. 

Richards Bay has excellent recreational facilities including fishing, beachcombing, bird watching, surfing, swimming, canoeing, as well as some wonderful drives in and around Richards Bay.

Rates & Summary

22 Luxury Self-Catering Apartments

Studio unit: en-suite shower
Simplex 2 bedrooms: main en-suite bath, 2nd en-suite shower
Triplex 3 bedrooms: 1 shared bathroom
Duplex 4 bedrooms: 4 en-suite showers
Open plan lounge/dining area 
(not included in Studio)
Each has a fully fitted kitchenette
Each has balcony overlooking the canal


Studio Apartment

  • R 467.50 pp sharing
  • R 750 single

Simplex, Triplex & Duplex

  • R 1 750 - R 3 200 per unit

R 30 extra for simplex & duplex units with jetty
Simplex, triplex & duplex rates vary depending on season & number of guests


Restaurants at the Waterfront


Kids are welcome, although the complex itself is not very child-orientated.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the heart of Zululand, Mzingazi Waterfront Village is an unique residential village that offers the perfect base for guests on business, and a sea destination for couples who want to escape city life. All apartments have breathtaking views overlooking Pelican Island and the Yacht Club. Mzingazi Waterfront Village forms part of the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront with a variety of pubs and restaurants to choose from at and around the Quay Walk. The waterfront also features beautiful beaches, convenience stores, conference facilities and boat charters.


  • Vibrant, upmarket harbour community in Richards Bay, a great gateway to the Elephant Coast
  • All apartments have great views over the waterfront
  • Pubs, restaurants, beaches and many amenities nearby

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

N2 is best, as R66 via Pongola has roadworks and R34 via Melmoth has many potholes.

Activities & Attractions

  • Tuzi Gazi Waterfront 
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boat charters
  • Zululand Yacht Club
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Gym & salons nearby


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service laundry available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Limited cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted


  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security




Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal


On the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the wild country of the Elephant Coast presses up against the Indian Ocean in the east, Mozambique in the north and Zululand to the south and west. Here, the bright lights of the city are nowhere to be seen, replaced by night skies as unpolluted as nature created them.

The area was named for the elephants that once roamed here in great numbers, hunted for their tusks until they had all but disappeared. Luckily this has been turned around and elephants can once again be seen in many of the region’s game reserves, along with the rest of the Big 5.

Made up of extensive commercial farms, private game farms and government game reserves, the Elephant Coast is still relatively untouched by modernity. It incorporates vast expanses of wilderness, including an internationally renowned World Heritage Site, the 328000ha Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It is also home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, founded in 1895.

The area is a must-visit for ecologically minded tourists; there is far more to see than just the two flagship reserves. Fortunate tourists can see the Big 5, scuba dive with whale sharks or manta rays, watch turtles laying their eggs, fish for tigerfish, and ride horses on the beach or through the bush. It’s a region that is rich in diversity.

Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Reserve are both on the border with Mozambique and offer unique experiences for twitchers and pachyderm fans.

Tembe now boasts herds of elephants that are noted for their impressive tusks, and it’s one of the better places in South Africa to get good sightings and photographs of these animals.

Ndumo is best known for its birding. Species such as the narina trogon, palm-nut vulture and green twinspot can be seen in the forests of figs and other beautiful trees. Healthy populations of hippo and crocodile lurk in the pans and rivers.

KosiBay, a reserve protecting a series of shallow coastal lakes and all that lives in and around them, offers excellent fishing. There are also fascinating cultural and wildlife walks and birding opportunities. In season, one can watch turtles as they lay eggs or hatch from them.

Also on the coast is Sodwana Bay, yet another conservation area run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

Sodwana holds beneath its waters coral reefs that are home to an estimated 1 200 fish species. These include the prehistoric coelacanth, as well as sharks and other fish.

Lake Sibaya is another attraction, although one that has failed to attain the popularity it deserves. The largest fresh-water lake in South Africa, Sibaya is home to thousands of waterbirds. Game is plentiful along its shores and crocodiles stalk its clear water.

The Jozini, or Pongolapoort, Dam offers a wonderful blend of sport fishing with game viewing. The river itself is also home to healthy populations of tigerfish.

Look out for

Isimangaliso Wetland Park – this World Heritage Site is amazingly diverse and deserves at least a few days of your time. Go for a boat cruise on the estuary, a game drive through the bush, and a hike along the shores of Lake St Lucia.

Sodwana Bay – take advantage of one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Beginners can go on courses or snorkel; while more experienced divers have a number of reefs to choose from.

Birdwatching – the entire Elephant Coast is home to bountiful birdlife, although there are a few hot spots. The pans of Mkhuze Game Reserve play host to pelicans and all sorts of other birdlife. Over 420 bird species have been recorded in the riverine forest, woodland and savannahs of the park. Ndumo Game Reserve has an even better record, with more than 430 species recorded, the most for anywhere in South Africa. Beautiful, fever tree-lined pans are home to specials such as Pel’s fishing owl, broadbill and black egret.

Fishing – the Elephant Coast’s Jozini Dam is one of the few places in South Africa where anglers can try their luck at landing the tigerfish, one of the most ferocious, toothy fish in the world. If salt-water fishing is preferred, Kosi Bay is a popular and exceptional fishery, while deep-sea charters also operate from St Lucia.

Turtle tours – St Lucia is probably the best place in the country to go on an organised turtle watching tour. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying eggs or hatching. Community guides at Kosi Bay also offer turtle watching tours that are very worthwhile.

Game view – the Elephant Coast is still home to a healthy population of big tuskers, especially in Tembe Elephant Park. A good sighting of these animals will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is internationally famous for saving the white rhino from extinction, and it remains one of the best places in the world to view this docile behemoth. The rest of the Big 5 can also be seen here, along with many other interesting animals.

Hike – while some areas require a guide (especially the Big 5 parks), there are some exceptional walking trails on the Elephant Coast. Almost all game reserves will offer day trails, while a trail with a difference can be enjoyed at Kosi bay. Here you can wander around the Kosi Mouth estuary, inspecting the primitive fish traps and watching locals at work spearing their catch. 

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