Rumor has it, that Bill and Jeanie Budd, along with Myles, Bill’s late brother, owned a farm. They needed a place to sell their veggies, so they had the idea of opening a restaurant in Durban and so Legends Late Nite Café was born on 15 April 1981. The first year saw Jeanie working in the restaurant at night, Varsity by day and typing out menus in between. Sleep was not an option!


After various ventures that made a turn in Gauteng, Bill, enjoying a sabbatical, started ‘The Prawn Shack’ next to the Amatikulu Prawn farm, which only opened on Sundays. This wonderful lifestyle lasted for only 2 years, until Mike and Ben bought the old ‘Captains Cabin’ on an auction in October 2005 and coaxed Bill out of retirement whilst retiring themselves!

Meanwhile, the Prawn Shack just kept on trucking, becoming mildly famous along the way, and although situated on Tribal Trust land with no security of tenure, it is still going from strength to strength.


The business model is so good it has given rise to the Shak Restaurants concept, specializing in unique venues, and only open Saturday and Sundays. The next venture is the River Shak at the Pont on the Umtamvuna river, Port Edward with plans afoot for the Berg and more…

Enjoy a 8 course meal amongst the sand dunes, next to the old prawn farm, far from the madding crowd… A unique beach restaurant experience on the stunning Amatikulu Beach! Just over 110km North of Durban, its a great pit stop for tour groups, corporate function, team building events or just long lazy lunches. Chill at our Rasta Bar or explore the beach and dunes.  The scenery is awesome!

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Hot Tip: Trust the written directions before your GPS!!
1. +/- 110 km from Durban on the N2 north
2. From the 2nd, Mvoti Toll Plaza it’s 50 km to the Dokodweni off-ramp turnoff at exit 277 to Eshowe/Ging /Ulundi (R12.00 – toll). [ Do not take the Nyoni / Amatikulu turnoff!]
3. Turn right under the bridge, 300m and you are on a gravel road. At 2.5 km turn right at the fork and head towards the sea. Go 2 kms and turn right at the (Eskom) sign to the Nkwazi Camp.(+/-200m before beach) and you will see the Shack up on the Dune.
4. Welcome to the Prawn Shack!


-29° 4' 49.31''


31° 38' 29.26''
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