Beach Lagoon Accommodation
A Unique Blend Of Comfort And Rustic Old Cool In An Idyllic Setting
The hatchery offers a unique wedding destination close enough to the major centres yet different enough to place guests in the moment.
The surrounding villages of Mtunzini and Zinkwazi offer ample accommodation for those guests not staying at the venue. The Hatchery is set on a deserted old prawn farm on a river mouth and coastal reserve on the KZN North Coast.
The history of the facility was kept in mind when converting the facility and the buildings look much like they did when prawns were spawned here. The result is a venue that offers a unique blend of comfort and rustic old cool in an idyllic setting.
We look forward to having you view the venue and discussing your ideas on how to make your special wedding holiday unique.
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Stuff to Do:
There are many things to do at the hatchery… It’s up to you to make them happen! Here are a couple of ideas for you.
Relax on the lagoon beaches or chill out in the Gin Tank overlooking the reserve.
Have a session at the chill out spot.
Hire a “prawn feeder”, get the rod out and catch dinner.
Kids love our trails and get up to all kinds of fun in the forests under the watchful eye of our butlers.
For the slightly active try a walk along the lagoons beaches or wade across the lagoon to casuarina island or…
Zulu blonde beer is brewed less than a half an hours’ drive away at the George Hotel in Eshowe.
The Amatikulu Nature reserve is not far away – suitable for a four by four drive vehicles.
You could just buzz across the river and back on your kite board or windsurfer.
There are several mountain biking trails from the Mtunzini Country Club or go the other way and get down to the swimming beach at Zinkwazi complete with beach bar.
If you’re getting cabin fever Princes Grant or Eshowe Hills golf courses are a stone throw away – if it’s just all too much.
The butlers are available to doing anything you don’t want to (even taking the little monsters – oops we mean darlings – off your hands).
Enjoy a long leisurely lunch at the shack.
If you just get too chilled out to do anything at all it doesn’t matter – enjoy!!
Safety and Security:
Unfortunately, crime has become a part of our daily lives in our beautiful country.
We are in a tribal area which for most people means moving out of their comfort zone – the experience is what makes these memories special, but it is necessary to use a little common sense. That way the hatchery becomes a far less hazardous affair than a day in the concrete jungle (or anywhere else you visit when away from home).
So…., most crime is opportunistic, and we suggest you do the same by not flashing family heirlooms, great flipping wads of cash, or other priceless objects around and rather leaving them at home so you can eliminate worry and enjoy your experience. If you have a stuff phobia or your home is likely to be burgled while you are away (a perhaps not unlikely prospect) then there is a small communal safe in the kitchen pantry or, if you absolutely must have all your worldly goods close to you, bring a lock to secure them under your bed.
We have done our bit by being in the area for donkeys’ years, placing a security guard on duty, keeping the hatch nice and compact (geographically speaking), and asking the butlers nicely to stick around until you close those little peepers, so relax and enjoy.
Single bedroom with a king size bed or two singles – the choice is yours we don’t judge – and next door to room 6 – so you can stay if you promise not to spat with the neighbours. You’ll get that loving feeling for sure – perfect to chill outside this room and enjoy being in a special place.
Single bedroom with a queen bed. This room was one of the undergrads dorms and really has a different feel – separate ablutions mean slight discount to our other rooms.
Double bedroom with a queen bed and 2-day sleepers…
Great for 2 couples (if you’re good friends – nudge, nudge, wink, wink), or more traditionally a family of 4
Two bedrooms with a small private veranda gives you that feeling of being somewhere completely different and getting to grips with what it must have been like in the business end of the hatchery.
Double bedroom with a queen bed and 4 singles. Close to the action, right next to the gin tank and outside a communal area, the kelp is often used as a small and different conference centre.
Double bedroom with a double bed and 1-day sleeper for a couple and the guy that always tags along (will he ever settle down?) or a starter family. Close to the kitchen for midnight snackers.
3 bedrooms, kitchen, veranda, private garden. Quirky, unusual, quaint and always feel Penny’s warm presence – we love spending time in this special place and know you will to.
Double bedroom with a queen bed and 2-day sleepers. Bigger than flying prawn and red herring so you get bragging rights.