The Hatchery is a unique and rustic wedding venue located on a deserted prawn farm in a coastal reserve on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, less than 90 minutes’ drive from Durban. The timeworn buildings, dunes dressed in long grasses, stunning Amatikulu lagoon and sandy beach just down a winding sandy path, combine together to offer a range of beautiful backdrops for your wedding photos.

The wedding venue offers a ceremony deck, or alternately a ceremony on the dunes with views of the lagoon, sea, and reserve, and a ‘blank canvas’ reception area where you can literally let your imagination run wild.

The prawn farming history of the facility was kept in mind when converting the facility as many of the buildings look exactly the way they did all those years ago when the hatchery was still operational.  The result is a unique and rustic wedding venue that offers a blend of comfort and timeless ‘cool factor’ within an idyllic setting that feels a million miles away from civilisation.

If you’re looking to tie the knot and live in wedded bliss forever more, chat to us about starting your ‘happily ever after’ at our wilderness haven.

The Hatchery can accommodate up to 150 guests at the wedding reception, with 50 beds on the property catering for overnight guests.  The surrounding villages of Mtunzini and Zinkwazi offer ample accommodation options for overflow guests.


Contact Details

Contact: Matthew

Tel: 035 004 0016

Tel: 082 337 4572

Website: Visit their website

Address: Amatikulu Beach

Facebook: Visit them on Facebook

Venue Details

Guests: 150

Budget: R10,000 - R20,000

Accommodation: Self Catering

No. of Beds: 50

Cost: Varies

Ceremony: Outdoor Ceremony

Catering: Recommended Caterers

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    We cannot thank the Hatchery enough for everything they did for us on our big day. Anne Marie you are a champ. What a beautiful setting and soul fixing place you have there. We will definitely be back!

    Amanda De Klerk

    What a delightful, quaint getaway! So quiet, so peaceful and calm! Love the quirkiness of the place! Well maintained, clean rooms; comfy beds; amazing view from the braai areas!

    Wendy Walker