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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From N2 head north (Toll road) and then turn right toward Hely Hutchinson Road. Continue onto Hely Hutchinson Road for about 1.1 km and then a slight right onto Station Road.

Directions to the New Rafia Prawn Shak
Same Same but Different – only 300m dirt road Now!!
Into Mtunzini and right into Station Road, (where the road bends left). Pass the Raphia Centre and turn right at the 4 way stop into Siyaya Road. Go 300m and left at next 4 way, go 200m and left again into Natures way [dirt road]. Go another 300m and its just past the Natures way Backpackers.


-28° 57' 36.27''


31° 45' 29.82''
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