COMFORTABLE & RUSTIC ACCOMMODATION IN AN IDYLLIC GETAWAY SETTING!

 

The Hatchery is a unique accommodation and wedding venue at a renovated prawn farm on a river mouth in a coastal reserve on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. A very special place “discovered” in the 70’s by a man with a great deal of enthusiasm and energy. It is still very much as it was then for you to rediscover - maybe yourself too.

RUSTIC & COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION ON THE COAST

Looking for rustic and wild accommodation for weekend weddings, team-building retreats, birding excursions, group getaways with family and friends for a birthday party or function? The Hatchery is a unique place to stay on your adventure up to the Northern game parks and Mozambique? Our comfortable, self-catering (catering on request) rooms are child and pet-friendly.

RUSTIC & COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION ON THE COAST

Looking for rustic and wild accommodation for weekend weddings, team-building retreats, birding excursions, group getaways with family and friends for a birthday party or function? The Hatchery is a unique place to stay on your adventure up to the Northern game parks and Mozambique? Our comfortable, self-catering (catering on request) rooms are child and pet-friendly.

LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF WEDDING?

Apart from being an awesome place to have a wedding, the combination of timeworn buildings, dunes with long grasses, the stunning Amatikulu lagoon and beach just down a winding sandy path all offer a range of beautiful backdrops for your wedding photos. Find out more about our unique venue and how we can make your wedding day truly unforgettable.

HISTORY LESSON

Way back when a civil engineer called Faan Myburgh got tired of city living and thought to balance his karma it would be better to become a prawn farmer.

To farm prawns you have to live along the coast and so he thought that taking into account salinity and water quality (we think it had more to do with the chilled out feeling he had whenever he visited the place) he decided that the amatikulu beach and lagoon would be best suited. The elements are apparently in balance at amatikulu and definitely conducive to reproduction because the broodstock set about their task of spawning with gusto (we’ll spare you the details).


In no time the critters were flourishing and ready to be stocked into their larval rearing tanks (don’t ask us) where they were nourished daily with fresh algae cultured in UV treated water columns. While not our personal choice the artemia (little furry creatures apparently) fed to them in the nursery seemed to do the trick and so well fed post-larvae were soon ready to be stocked into the prawn dams.


And so the prawn farm started and many lucky and relaxed prawns got to experience their own personal journey of discovery before being shipped off to end on a restaurant plate. This carried on for a while until we decided the prawns shouldn’t be the ones having all the fun and the hatchery was born. Experience and enjoy!

The Hatchery received a Certificate of Excellence Award for places in Amatikulu.
Sleeping-OUT's Guest Satisfaction award Zinkwazi Beach 2018