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About The Hatchery - beach and lagoon experience

The hatchery is an ex-prawn hatchery right on a river overlooking a deserted beach and nature reserve. It is ideally situated a few minutes off the N2 freeway and less than an hour from King Shaka International Airport. We are a springboard for your journey to St Lucia and Isimangaliso, the Kruger, The Battlefields, The Elephant Coast and even Swaziland and Mozambique. The hatchery is also a unique destination to in itself and is a must do for any visitor looking for a real experience of what africa was like....

Guests often feel that something about this place is special. We have changed the pump house, artemia and maturation rooms into 11 spaces – each one can be experienced and enjoyed - they’re individual and different …but modular so you can mix and match your group. So have a look through the rooms and pictures and the butlers look forward to welcoming you to your own unique experience

Beach: The Hatchery overlooks a deserted lagoon and beach.

Wedding Venues: The Wedding Venue contains a ceremony deck or alternatively offers a ceremony on the dunes with views of the lagoon, sea, and reserve, a reception area, and can cater for up to 100 guests.

Conference Venues: The hatchery offers an intimate and relaxing space for team building and conferencing.

Family friendly: Children love the hatchery - no need to encourage them, they play naturally in the unique environment

Romantic: There is no shortage of special spaces to spend alone time at the hatchery, it really is great for rekindling those vital connections we seem to loose in our modern fast paced world.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 47
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 13 Reviews

Facilities

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Air conditioning
  • Bath
  • Bathroom
  • Fridge
  • Kitchen
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Shower
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)

Grading

  • No TGCSA Grading
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Availability and pricing

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  • Mom's night off Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Shared bathroom, Self-catering, Lagoon views, Garden views
    from $35 Room rate
    • Adults
      • Dad's night off Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Shared bathroom, Self-catering, Lagoon views, Garden views
        from $35 Room rate
        • Adults
          • Room 9 - Chapel Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Queen beds, Shared bathroom, Self-catering, Air-Conditioning, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
            from $47 Room rate
            • Adults
              • Room 1 - The Nursery Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Double bedroom with a double bed and 1 day sleeper. Ideal for a couple and the guy or starter family. Close to the... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views see more Double beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
                from $50 Room rate
                • Adults
                  • Room 7 - The Broodstock Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views see more Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
                    from $50 Room rate
                    • Adults
                      • Room 2 - The Red Herring Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views see more Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, No Smoking in Rooms
                        from $53 Room rate
                        • Adults
                          • Room 3 - The Flying Prawn Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views see more Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, No Smoking in Rooms
                            from $53 Room rate
                            • Adults
                              • Room 6 - The Pump House Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Lagoon views see more Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Lagoon views, Air-Conditioning, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms, Swimming pool views
                                from $53 Room rate
                                • Adults
                                  • Room 4 - The Prawn Feed Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views see more Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Bar Fridge
                                    from $56 Room rate
                                    • Adults
                                      • Room 8 - The Tap Room Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering A single bedroom with queen bed and 1 single for the kiddie. Detached from the rest so recommended for grumpy or noisy... see more Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Lagoon views see more Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Lagoon views, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
                                        from $56 Room rate
                                        • Adults
                                          • Room 10 - Forest Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Single beds, Air-Conditioning, Fan, Bar Fridge see more Queen beds, En-suite, Single beds, Air-Conditioning, Fan, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
                                            from $59 Room rate
                                            • Adults
                                              • Room 5 - The Kelp Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Air-Conditioning see more Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Self-catering, Single beds, Air-Conditioning, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms, Swimming pool views
                                                from $68 Room rate
                                                • Adults
                                                  • Room 11 - Penny's Cottage Sleeps 8 Includes: Self-catering Penny's Cottage is set back from the main facility and has it's own kitchen and private garden. Ideal for longer stays... see more Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Single beds see more Queen beds, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Single beds, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
                                                    from $94 Room rate
                                                    • Adults

                                                      Reviews for The Hatchery - beach and lagoon experience

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                                                      Lorraine Gardiner
                                                      17 April 2018

                                                      The rooms are dirty, each room could have its own braai, as well as the area near the pools. Generally the place is run-down & dirty. It is not a credit to its location.

                                                      Colette Kell
                                                      05 March 2018

                                                      A large group of us just spent the weekend at the Hatchery, I will definitely go again. The rooms look VERY rustic from the outside but are quite comfortable inside. The venue is very family friendly with the 'gintank' and the 'tonic pools' available to cool off during the day or entertain the adults in the evening. The staff is friendly and helpful.

                                                      Wendy Fath
                                                      02 March 2018

                                                      I've copied what I wrote on Tripadvisor and will add a few notes for Matthew here.For those thinking of staying over here, there's a few things that this or the Safarinow site don't indicate that may be helpful for you to know, as follows:- I've been booking and staying in many, many self-catering spots in South Africa over the past ten years, so I am comparing this to a standard self-catering usually booked through Safarinow.- The Hatchery does not advertise as a backpackers; however, the standard is more backpackers' than the average self-catering we have stayed in. The rooms are more standa...
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                                                      Robert Pearl, South Africa
                                                      07 June 2016

                                                      My wife and I spent 3 days here over the weekend of our 40th wedding anniversary - it was a perfect choice for an intimate retreat with fishing, walks, an afternoon lazing and eating / drinking at the nearby Prawn Shak. We had the Pump Room with a great view.The place has all the basic personal comforts and catering necessities - quite a surprise after the first sighting. Staff were very good and friendly as well. We will certainly be back again.

                                                      Sander Slager, South Africa
                                                      15 February 2016

                                                      We only stayed here one night, but it was worth it. The room was clean and the setting beautiful. There is a community kitchen with a fridge and all staff is really helpful.

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                                                      The Hatchery - beach and lagoon experience is 2.3km from the centre of Nqutshini , the nearest airport 81.6km (King Shaka International Airport).
                                                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling