There are many things to do at the hatchery…

Its 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.

Canoes/kayaks are available to paddle on the lagoon.

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…

Take a distillery tour at Tapanga – tours during the week and by appointment only.

You could buzz across the river and back on your kiteboard or windsurfer.

The butlers are available to do anything you don’t want to (even taking the little monsters – oops we mean darlings – off your hands).

If you just get too chilled out to do anything at all it doesn’t matter – enjoy!!

In the Area

Things to do in Mtunzini:


  • Mtunzini Morning Market, Saturday mornings from 9am – 12pm at Mtunzini Country Club.  51 Hely Hutchinson road. 035 340 1779
  • Mtunzini Parkrun, every Saturday at Mtunzini Country Club – 51 Hely Hutchinson Road.  Every Sat at 7am (Oct-March) & 8am (April – Sept) 035 340 1779
  • Mtunzini Trails at Umlalazi Nature Reserve.  Trail map is available from the reception office 035 340 1836/035 340 1839.  Hulley Avenue, Mtunzini, 3867




  • Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk, 6am – 5pm, 035 474 4029, Kangela Street
  • Butterfly Dome & Cave, 7 Nongqayi road, 10am – 3pm, 063 421 9000
  • Made@Home market on Saturday, 7am – 1pm, 9 Bulwer Street, 035 474 1681

Salt Rock:


  • Litchi Orchard Market, Tues – Sun 8am – 4pm, 032 866 0187/032 525 5118, Seaforth Avenue, Salt Rock



  • Ballito’s Premier Farmers Market - open from 7 am – 2 pm every Saturday, Sunday and on Public Holidays. Located on the R102 heading from Umhlali towards Shakaskraal.



  • Sundowners at Mahogany Reef Bar, 076 959 0054/063 081 9935/072 478 6392, Zinkwazi Main beach, Seagull Drive
  • Tuck into a Proud’s Pizza, 10:30am – 7:30pm, Zinkwazi Main Beach car park, Seagull Drive, 073 169 2367/063 048 1857


Tinley Manor:


  • Grumpy’s Bush and Beach Bar, Sat/Sun and public holidays 8:30 – 17:30, Bookings essential, 082 355 0393/083 463 0691, Farm, Corby Hill, Kearsney Ave, Blythedale Coastal Estate

Safety and Security

Unfortunately crime has become a part of our daily lives in our beautiful country.


We are located 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 have to have all your worldly goods really 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.