Living on Water

South Africa has moved into Level 3 of lockdown restrictions and this has fortunately allowed us to reopen for bookings for those travelling for business. We are quite a bit out of the way so you can expect a relaxing and private stay with us. You will also get to enjoy the the relaxed restrictions on exercise that this new level bring. Book with us.. we have just the place for you traveling business people.. and others soon we hope.


In this blog post we look at our greatest asset at The Hatchery... the lagoon. Life in lockdown has been a lot more bearable being on the banks of the Amatikulu lagoon. Autumn on the KwaZulu-Natal coast is the best time of the year for outdoor activities. The weather is good with light winds most days and the water is warm. Unfortunately we could not share this dreamy time with many guests this year but the splendid thing about our area is that it is spectacular all year round.

The Hatchery is an old prawn breeding unit located on the lagoon overlooking the beach and nature reserve. Being pretty much in the middle of the journey from Durban to Richards Bay, it is a perfect getaway for those seeking a vacation away from city life or to those travelling further to the game reserves or Mozambique.


Activities on-site include fly-fishing and of course regular bait fishing, kite-surfing, bird watching, mountain biking, kayaking and SUP boarding to name a few.


One of the best things to do at The Hatchery is to explore the isolated beach and nature reserve via the lagoon on a SUP. A SUP is a Stand Up Paddleboard, which is a very large surfboard that you stand up on and use a paddle to move through the water. Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing boardsports in the world and is in fact a subclass of paddleboarding, a broader concept that also includes the use of arms while kneeling, lying or standing on a narrow and long paddleboard to move around in the water.


Paddleboarding has its roots in Africa, South America, and the ancient Polynesian culture. Historians believe that wooden paddleboards were used by 16th-century natives to move from one place to another, and also to catch waves for fun.


At The Hatchery we use paddle boards for fun and exploration and with most SUPs being very buoyant you can even take your four legged friends along.. they are allowed at They Hatchery. So if you are looking to take care of some business come along to The Hatchery. We look forward to having you.