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The Hatchery

Amatikulu Beach Kzn, Amatikulu 3800 South Africa
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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...
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Amatikulu Beach Kzn, Amatikulu 3800 South Africa
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Richards Bay Airport60 kmSee all flights
King Shaka Intl Airport76 kmSee all flights
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CK444 wrote a review Nov 2020
Durban, South Africa178 contributions60 helpful votes
We visited for two nights, it was so peaceful and we truly got what we wanted. A quiet place with a view that makes you feel like you're in Mozambique. Soft sand under your feet in the lodge is awesome, communal kitchen which has everything you could want to prepare any kind of meal although the ladies make a lovely Chicken Prego if you order. It's really a place to rest and unwind. Will definitely return.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Yaseen Kriel wrote a review Dec 2018
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution1 helpful vote
Had a fantastic time here! No internet, poor cell reception what more could you ask for? Nice clean pools, very helpful staff that were extremely patient with all my questions. Plenty of activities for my 6 kids and most importantly extra activities were for free! No rental fees for the kayaks. The cottage we stayed in was spacious, clean and had a monkey alarm clock! My only complaint is that it is too far from Cape Town but I will definitely make a plan to return sometime in the future.
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Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Anellengel wrote a review Apr 2018
Ballito, South Africa30 contributions8 helpful votes
Off the grid! Absolutely amazing fabulous! Loved every minute! Great views!! Great bbq facilities, kitchen with all utensils you only need the food to cook! Relaxing great family time! Feels close to nature! Great fishing spot! Great people! Was a great two day break away. They were preparing for a wedding the day we left. What a magical place to get married at! Can imagine great beautiful pictures to be taken.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
Bw F wrote a review Mar 2018
10 contributions2 helpful votes
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 standard private room backpackers' and the kitchen is definitely backpackers' level. - Know that the best rooms are the ones that are river-front facing. The rooms that accommodate four or more are not as nice and are certainly more backpacker quality. On a hot night . . . whew! Noisy air conditioning and a crowded feel. - Matthew doesn't advertise the boats to the sandspit that leads to the ocean, and that is wise of him, for various reasons . . . Just know that you won't have easy access to the ocean. Consider this is a river-front/estuary spot. - Know that if it rains a lot, you may be stuck there, or at the least, if it is raining, be SURE to contact Matthew before heading in on the dirt road. He is accommodating in terms of helping you get in and out. We had booked for two nights, but would likely have only stayed for one if we had been able to get out; however, the road was flooded due to heavy rains. There would have been no way of getting out that first day. Matthew made sure we got out safely the second day of our stay. - From all my dealings with Matthew, the host, he is a kind and accommodating host. I just think that he either needs to upgrade aspects of this place, or needs to advertise it as a backpackers spot. It would be so great to have the estuary beach cleaned regularly -- the garbage is NOT appealing. Why not pay a staff to do this? That being said, DO, enjoy long walks along the river estuary. It's lovely to stop and visit with local fishermen and watch them drag in their nets. It was very educational to learn about the impacts of plastic pollution along this stretch of shoreline -- so sad! - The initial artistic vision of the place still retains some amazing visual touches and has so much potential -- their are amazing spots for photography in the ruins of this once-prawn-hatchery -- however, if these spots are not maintained, it really brings down the standard of a place (external bathrooms by what is likely a camping spot are filthy/non-functioning). Enough said! Regards, Wendy Fath
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Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: As stated above, be prepared for what you get. Riverfront rooms are the best.
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africantravelbird wrote a review Jan 2018
Durban, South Africa71 contributions6 helpful votes
My family and I travel quite a bit and we're always looking for new places to try out but we didn't have much time available as we needed to get back to work after a month long trek across SA and thus were looking for a spot closer to home that ticked the boxes for all. It needed to have fishing for hubby, enough to keep my little man occupied (he is now six and with non-stop energy) and myself, I just needed somewhere I could sit back and read a book. Bliss out essentially. We found The Hatchery. I feel as if we've found a real treasure here and will be booking a week long stay as soon as hubby returns from his overseas travels. In fact, we will be going straight from the airport to this spot (even though hubby has been away for 6 weeks). What better way to unwind?! Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly staff who showed us to our room, The Tap Room. From the outside one thinks eish, we're going to be roughing it, but upon entry it's pure bliss. The largest bed I have ever seen and beautifully designed. My son loved his bed which was hoisted by chain from the roof. Which child doesn't want to sleep on a swing bed? The shower looked out onto the river. Now, there is one way glass surrounding the shower giving you a view of all happenings around you but no one can see in. I kept peering in from the outside to make double sure that I was not going to be parading to all and sundry. The shower alone makes this place worth the visit! Right, so room check done, now onto activities. We pooped to the Prawn Shack which is a short drive away, enjoyed some Mozambique beers and little man had a slush puppy which the bar staff had made by crushing ice and adding passion fruit mix. One needs to improvise with small people. After a relaxed sip session it was back to the hatchery where little man dictated the afternoon was to be spent in the pool. Works for me! I got to relax pool side whilst little man swam...for 3hrs! Then, luck was tried at fishing. We were a bit unprepared as we got plenty of knocks but didn't have the right tackle. After losing a few lures, we decided to call it a day and start dinner prep. A braai overlooking the river! Man, oh man! Talk about a braai with a view. You cannot beat this! A sound nights sleep whilst the aircon in our room kept us cool (it's waaarm in summer). The next day was spent exploring. There is so much to see and do. Every little nook has something to draw the attention. I just could go on and on but I don't want to keep you here all day, you should be on your phone making a booking as I am robbing you of valuable time to experience this place. So, in short (guffaw) we will be back!
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
US$43 - US$54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalAmatikulu
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Hatchery
What are some of the property amenities at The Hatchery?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and babysitting.
Which room amenities are available at The Hatchery?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Hatchery?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Hatchery?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Hatchery?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at The Hatchery?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.