Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation

Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation

On the Beach Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082 South Africa
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4.5
#1 of 4 hostels in Coffee Bay
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Explore, discover and enjoy a unique taste of rural Africa! Coffee Shack is a backpackers' tropical paradise, located on the beach at the Bomvu River mouth on the Wild Coast of South Africa, where you will experience a way of life far removed from Western culture. We have a reputation of being a fun, good-value hostel with excellent facilities and the most amazing, friendly staff. We offer accommodation in traditional, thatched-roof huts, ranging from private rooms to dorms, as well as camping facilities in the garden next to the beach. Choose between self-catering options or try our delicious meals with a free 'potjie' meal every Sunday night. Weather and ocean permitting, join us for daily sundowners with magnificent views or taste freshly caught oysters and mussels at the bar before dinner. Stay for five nights and get your 5th night free! Our 'Babalaza Bar' is fully licensed and rocks in the evenings with its free pool table and range of drinks and cocktails. Join in the Killer Pool game or enjoy the chilled-out atmosphere around the firepit. Our variety of day trips include cultural walks exploring the local Xhosa culture, a traditional evening of dance and song at the home of a local family where you can try traditional Xhosa food and beers, beach days on the beautiful Coffee Bay, surf lessons, exploring Mapuzi cliffs and caves, hiking to the legendary "Hole in the Wall" or just walking in the local countryside with one of the local guides. We are accredited by Fair Trade Tourism South Africa and are committed to the improvement and upliftment of the greater community through various education and support projects. We are dedicated to making a difference to the local community and are thus 30% owned by the local Tshezi Community, who receive direct financial benefits from being involved in the business. We aim to encourage growth and empowerment opportunities for the local community through the development of meaningful partnerships. Coffee Shack runs a daily shuttle to Mthatha to meet the Baz Bus and other mainline buses at the Shell Ultra City in Mthatha (Umtata). We have free WIFI, safe parking and a laundry service. For self-drive, we are located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, in the former Transkei area. Turn onto the Coffee Bay road approximately 20km south of Mthatha, continue 80km down to the coast.
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Free parking
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Beach
Hiking
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24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Street parking
Internet
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Water sport equipment rentals
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Fishing
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Walking tours
Gift shop
Outdoor fireplace
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Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
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English, French, Afrikaans, Xhosa
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StellaJ09 wrote a review Sept 2021
Mossel Bay, South Africa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My 3rd visit to the Coffee Shack was fantastic as always, and it sort of feels like coming home. Our rondawel was clean and super comfy, and what can be better than falling asleep with the sound of the waves crashing on the beach. Dinner was absolutely delicious and well worth a try. The only sad thing is the day you have to leave. Thank you Belinda & staff for a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from David Malherbe, General Manager at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Responded 07 Oct 2021
Hi Stella Awesome to hear that you had a fantastic time visiting Coffee Shack again. Thanks for mentioning the delicious dinners, that Coffee Shack serves every night. We think that the meals are very good value for money and are good, healthy, home cooked meals. Please come and visit us again soon, safe travels, cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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SwitzerlandSam wrote a review Jan 2020
Bern, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
set on the far remote east cape on one of a very stunning beach. perfect for hanging loose, hiking to caves and cliffs, hole in the wall, hang out with people at a family atmosphere. very welcoming.
despite some rainy days still worth the visit.
some lack of maintenance in the last years though.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from David Malherbe, Owner at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Responded 03 Oct 2020
Howzit Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, we really appreciate everyone’s feedback and positive encouragement. Great to hear that you had a relaxing stay. It would be appreciated if you could email us a list of maintenance you noticed, fresh eyes are always appreciated. Please come visit soon, South Africa opened to foreign travellers again on the 1stOctober2020. Our local tourism economy needs you all to visit again, soon. See our Back-a-Buddy campaign supporting the Coffee Bay informal tourism sector. Search “Back a buddy+coffee bay”. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Paul Z wrote a review May 2024
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well, where do I begin. From the service, staff friendliness, the inhouse meals provided,location, everything so relaxing and superb. The only quibble is the scruffy area surrounding the cafe situated near the entrance. The owners should make an effort in adding to the charm by keeping their area tourist friendly and clean. The Coffee Shack was amazing all round. We stayed in the top Kings house which was quaint and had a lovely view. The road in to coffee bay has a few surprising speed humps which caused slight out of body experiences but they did the trick. No need for speed. Loved it
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Date of stay: April 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Stay51518058582 wrote a review Jul 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I really enjoyed my stay at Coffee Shack, it was one of my favorite places in South Africa :). The surf package was very nice and we had lot of fun, learning how to surf. All the staff was very friendly and they gave a family atmosphere. The food at Coffee Shack was delicious and the beach and the landscape around are incredibly beautiful.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from David Malherbe, General Manager at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Responded 19 Jul 2023
Hi Fantastic to hear that Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers, was your favourite place in South Africa! Thank you for mentioning the surf package, as that is always a favourite with guests. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Daan C wrote a review Apr 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Relaxing vibe and very green garden. Ideally located near the beach and great for surfing lessons (very cheap as well). Prices for accommodation and food are really good. Coffee is delicious. Every day they organize a trip as a walk to the hole in the wall or a village walk.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from David Malherbe, General Manager at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Responded 14 Apr 2022
Hi Daan Great to see that you had a relaxing time at Coffee Shack and got to take advantage of all the activities like, hiking to Hole in the Wall, surf lessons etc. Thank you for mentioning that our prices are all very reasonable, and the surf lessons are some of the cheapest anywhere. We hope to see you again soon, safe travels, David & the Coffee Shack Crew
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Heike T wrote a review Sept 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We, two adults and a teenage son spent a week at Coffee Shack Backpackers. We attended the 5 day surf course and were in the best hands with Carl, the ambitious surf trainer. We particularly liked the very friendly atmosphere in the coffee shack. It's a special place !
The local tours and the rich and varied food are also recommended. Yes, and it's also special to have the ocean right on your doorstep- what a fantastic background noise !
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Be careful on the road to the coast, there are many potholes !
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Response from David Malherbe, General Manager at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Responded 10 Sept 2023
Hi Heike, great to hear that you, Arne & Class had an awesome time doing the 5 day learn to surf package at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers. The sound of the ocean is always very soothing, a great sound to fall asleep to. We will pass on your compliments to Carl, he will be very happy. We hope to see you again one of these years, keep well, safe travels. David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Andre R wrote a review Mar 2020
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at coffee Shack to do a 9km hike to the hole in the wall. The staff is friendly and very helpful. Vibrant atmosphere and lots of tours and activities to offer. The accommodation is basic but clean and very affordable. Highly recommended for the traveller that wants adventure.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from David Malherbe, Owner at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Responded 03 Oct 2020
Howzit Andre Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, we really appreciate everyone’s feedback and positive encouragement. Great to hear that you had a great stay. Please come visit soon, our local tourism economy needs you all to visit again. See our Back-a-Buddy campaign supporting the Coffee Bay informal tourism sector. Search “Back a buddy+coffee bay”. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Wonita P wrote a review Oct 2021
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
what a fantastic getaway staying in the Kings house at Coffee shack. visiting the eastern cape is always great. this time we were taken away from the city by our son and his wife for a weekend with a difference. we were not disappointed. the Kings house our accomodation was clean, had all that we needed. the food served for dinner was great. the whole experience was great. my first time staying in a backpackers and it was lovely. what a beautiful part of the world. thank you.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: a real backpacking experience
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Response from David Malherbe, General Manager at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Responded 28 Oct 2021
Hi Wonita Awesome to hear you had fantastic stay in the Kings House at Coffee Shack, it is a great cottage for families and self-catering. South Africa has a wonderful backpacking hostel network, and backpackers lodges are a great social environment to meet other South Africans and international travellers. We hope to see you again in Coffee Bay soon, safe travels, David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Jenny-in-Plett wrote a review Jun 2022
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We love the Coffee Shack! We did not stay here this time, but still popped in for their delicious breakfast and coffee. Highly recommended!
I love the creatively decorated and beautifully clean bathroom facilities, gardens and friendly staff. A great place for youngsters, couples and even families!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from David Malherbe, General Manager at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Responded 08 Jul 2022
Hi Jenny Fantastic to hear that you keep coming back to Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers, that is the best compliment you can give us. Thank you for the kind words mentioning our clean bathrooms and facilities, the good vibes. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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juanhza777 wrote a review Mar 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Coffee Shack on a business trip. I enjoyed the great vibe. It was safe and the food was great. Great place to meet people from all over the world. Would highly recommend this backpackers in Coffee Bay!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from David Malherbe, Owner at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Responded 03 Oct 2020
Howzit Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, we really appreciate everyone’s feedback and positive encouragement. Great to hear that you enjoyed the friendly vibe. Please come visit soon, our local tourism economy needs you all to visit again, soon. See our Back-a-Buddy campaign supporting the Coffee Bay informal tourism sector. Search “Back a buddy+coffee bay”. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Answer from David M
Coffee Bay, South Africa8 contributions
Hello Dominic I hope that you are keeping well? The main beach in Coffee Bay does get very busy on NY day, generally I have found people there pretty mellow, particularly in the first half of the day. I would be a little cautious in the afternoon, when people get drunk. I usually go surfing with my kids in the morning and while it is busy, everyone is just happy. The Bomvu beach (sometimes has sand sometimes rocks) in front of Coffee Shack, usually does not have many people, usually only families braai-ing etc. So I suppose it depends where you want to go and to do what, when.The last few years, everyone has to go home at 5pm, with the police managing this very well. Where are you coming from, it is a long way to drive for only one night? If you need any further info, don't hesitate to contact me. Safe travels, keep well. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
Robbie Cooke asked a question Nov 2018
Durban, South Africa1,185 contribution115 helpful votes
How do I go about booking one night before our hike on 4 January 19. Many thanks. Robbie
Answer from David M
Coffee Bay, South Africa8 contributions
Hi Robbie, You are welcome to send us an email to Coffee Shack email address (sorry Tripadvisor will not allow us to write it online in this message - go the our website for the address) with the details of your party and we can see what is available, please address the email to me. However at that time of year, it is very hard to accommodate 1 night bookings, especially if you are with a biggish group. If we are unable to assist, then we can try and recommend alternatives in the area. Cheers Belinda & the Coffee Shack crew
Answer from David M
Coffee Bay, South Africa8 contributions
Howzit Vix The road is tarred (sealed) the whole way from the N2 down to Coffee Bay, there is only about 600m of gravel road to Coffee Shack. Most of our guests have the smallest hire cars available and have no problems. With the recent rains a few big pot holes have formed on the last 35km of the road to Coffee Bay, just drive slowly, so you can see them and avoid them and you will be fine. We always advise that you try driving during day light hours as there is lots of livestock (animals) crossing the roads. They are currently tarring the last 600m to Coffee Shack, and the associated road works may cause disruptions. We also advise particularly if you are coming from the Durban side (North), that you do not use a GPS, just follow these easy directions. From Durban, take the N2 until you are about 20km passed Mthatha, in the direction of East London. Keep an eye out for the Coffee Bay/Mqanduli exit, it is then 80km down to Coffee Bay. If coming from East London side, then just look for the exit 20km before you get to Mthatha. If you have any more questions, just ask, travel safely and see you soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
Answer from Peppa0913
31 contributions8 helpful votes
Hi how much for those rondavels with ensuite for 2 per night? Lastly do you have pick up shuttle from Mthatha airport and are the hike to Hole in the wall daily? Planning on coming for Fri 23/2 then go for hike Sat 24/2 after check out. Tx
Answer from David M
Coffee Bay, South Africa8 contributions
Howzit Amanda, I hope that you are well? Great to hear that you will be coming to stay with us at Coffee Shack. To be honest it is pretty hard to give you a direct yes/no answer to some of your questions, because obviously “one persons meat is another’s poison”. We do not get complaints very often about food being taken from the self-catering kitchens, but I would obviously be lying if I said it never happened. Having said that things are generally pretty safe. Alternatively, our meals are very well priced, and decent quality, dinner is a 2 course meal for only R70 currently. If you would like a real authentic experience, consider spending a night in the village with Elvin and his family, and experience traditional rural Xhosa culture. See our website for more details. I hope that helps, it is easier if you email us directly, rather than through Trip Advisor, because internet connections in Coffee Bay are not the best. Safe travels and see you at Coffee Shack. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
smiley s wrote a tip Sept 2023
Halifax, United Kingdom16 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Surf is best in the morning if you have your own gear. Hole in the wall hike is a must. Food is delicious! "
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Heike T wrote a tip Sept 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be careful on the road to the coast, there are many potholes !"
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Wonita P wrote a tip Oct 2021
Cape Town, South Africa108 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"a real backpacking experience"
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Ernie wrote a tip Mar 2019
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms closest to the Shack for the best experience."
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Benjamin Cramer wrote a tip Jan 2019
Lusaka, Zambia27 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the best dorms are across the riverbed"
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation
Which popular attractions are close to Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation?
Nearby attractions include Hole in the Wall (6.8 km), Mapuzi Cliffs Jumps & Caves (0.5 km), and Cliff Jumps & Cave Adventures (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, an oven, and a stovetop.
What food & drink options are available at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sunset Sushi & Grill, Zac's Seafood Kitchen, and Friends Wild Coast Cafe.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Does Coffee Shack Adventure Backpackers & Accommodation have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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