The Prawn Hatchery is a deserted old prawn farm on a river mouth and coastal reserve on the KZN North Coast.
It makes for a unique destination for any visitor to the North Coast. The facility has been “lightly” renovated - the end result is a unique blend of comfort and rustic cool. The hatchery is all about chilling out, letting loose, and reconnecting.
Set against a backdrop of a beautiful river and overlooking a nature reserve, island, and deserted beach. We are self catering; bringing your own supplies in is recommended. Low slung cars can scrape on the road in so leave the beemer at home for this one or take your time on the way in.
The butlers are available to assist, advise, and make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The communal kitchen and dining table is kitted for any culinary adventure you may want to try your hand at, and a cool place to hang out in inclement weather. There are plenty of spots which show different aspects of the bush and beach environment right at the Hatchery or if you prefer to explore try Casuarina island or one of the lagoons beaches a stone`s throw away.
Directions to The Prawn Hatchery:
- Countdown the bridges on the N2 we are halfway between bridge 8 and 9.
- Take the N2 north about 100 km from Durban or hour from the new airport (we cant remember its name either).
- Slow down to the national speed limit we know youre keen to get that Hatchery feeling but you have more chance of finding us if you take it easy.
- The sightseeing in Gingindlovu is not so good go the other way toward the sea.
- You will think you are in deep trouble when you hit the bumpy dirt road do not panic!
- Follow the dirt road with the sea on your right for about 2km past the school, clinic and cell phone tower until you start to go down a small hill.
- Turn right (look out for the twin rondavels and flying paddlewheel sign).
- Follow the road down the hill past various houses and then bush to the end (2.5 km) and breathe a sigh of relief
- Call friends and family to let them know you made it chill out.
- For the larnies with GPS: -29.091646, 31.630370
Accommodation at The Prawn Hatchery:
We have a total of 11 units to offer.
We stepped out and put in linen, bedding, towels, and even air-cons and you don`t have to share your public with undesirables. No baths, only en-suites with double showers which are good for washing kids once they`ve had their full and um - well we`d just rather not say.
We also have canoes and paddle ski's available for guests to use to paddle on the lagoon.
A caravan that can sleep 3 guests. It has a double bed and a table that can convert into a single sleeping arrangement more suitable for a child. It does have electricity, water, stove etc.
Small room with oversize bed. Unit does have a hand washing basin, fridge and kettle. Unit has a private outside ablution facility with toilet and bathtub or shared outside ablutions with toilet and shower.
2.5rooms. Queen bed in bedroom with ceiling fan. Queen bed in bedroom with air-con and a door. The smaller room has 1 single bed. Unit has a small veranda with tables and chairs. Room has a fridge and kettle and en-suite is located in bedroom as you enter.
A caravan suitable for 2 guests and one child. Has a double bed. Does have electricity, fridge etc.
2 “sides” adjoined by kitchen in middle with bathroom on either side; one side has larger room with a queen bed and 2 singles. The other side has 2 rooms, 1 with queen bed and then open plan bedroom with 2 singles
Single bedroom with queen bed and 1 single bed – detached from the rest with awesome views of the lagoon. Room has air-con, fridge, kettle and en-suite
Single bedroom with queen bed or 2 singles – this unit is connected back to back with Pumphouse. Unit is slightly bigger than Pumphouse. Room has fridge, kettle, air-con and en-suite
Double bedroom queen bed and 2 day sleepers – great for 2 couples or family of 4. Main bedroom has air-con. Fridge and kettle in room. En-suite located in main bedroom.
Double bedroom with queen bed and 4 singles – this unit is more central, close to the action and next to the gin tank. Both bedrooms has an air-con. Fridge and kettle in room. En-suite in main bedroom.
Double bedroom with a double bed and 1 day sleeper – close to the kitchen. Main bedroom has air-con. Fridge and kettle in room. En-suite located in main bedroom.
Double bedroom with queen bed and 2 day sleepers – bigger than Flying Prawn and Red Herring so you get bragging rights. Main bedroom has air-con, fridge and kettle in room. En-suite in main bedroom.
Single bedroom with queen bed or 2 singles – unit has awesome views and is next to the gin tank. This unit is connected back to back with Broodstock. Room has aircon, fridge, kettle and en-suite.
Double bedroom with queen bed and 2 day sleepers. Great for 2 couples or family of 4 (same size as Flying Prawn). Main bedroom has air-con. Fridge and kettle in room. En-suite located in main bedroom