Coffee Bay Travel Guide

Sandy beaches, towering cliffs where waterfalls tumble into the sea, and dense coastal forests - the Wild Coast is one of the most compelling stretches of coastline in southern Africa.

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Coffee Bay is a small town situated on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is located about 250 km south of the city of Durban and has a population of 258 people. The town is named after the hundreds of coffee trees which grew from beans either scattered by a shipwreck or by plunderers. A holiday resort in Tembuland is located 80km south-east of Viedgesville. It can be reached via a turn-off from the N2 highway. The Mthatha River has its mouth at Coffee Bay.

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GET IN

By Bus

Both Coffee Shack and Bomvu Backpackers offer a shuttle service from the the Shell Ultra City in Umtata. Take one of the following buses to the Shell Ultra City Umtata:

  • Baz Bus – hop on hop off backpacker bus service from Port Elizabeth or Durban. Ph or +27 (0)21 439 2323 Bazbus
  • Intercity coaches: Greyhound, City to City, Translux, SA Roadlink. See Computicket for bookings.

By Plane

  • SA Airlink has daily flights from Johannesburg to Umtata FlySAA. You can hire a car from Umtata airport with Avis.

SEE

  • Hole in the wall, a beautiful 11 km hike or half hour drive. The Hole is a large cliff jutting into the sea through which waves have carved a large hole.
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DO

Coffee Shack offers a wide variety of activities and some of the cheapest professional surf lessons in South Africa. Every day they do a different hike or activity.

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Buy

  • Afritude funky locally printed clothing.
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EAT

  • Papazellas – great pizza & good company. At the Greenhouse. Bookings essential. Ask for Phil or Luke.
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  • Joes Beer House A trip to Windhoek is incomplete without visiting this unique beer garden! It is always packed with locals and travellers. It has an excellent menu and reservations must be made in advance.
  • The Wine Bar Located on a hill overlooking Windhoek with fantastic sunsets, perfect for that romantic occasion. The staff give excellent service and have good knowledge of the wines being served. You may also purchase wine here.
  • Blitzkrieg Bunker Bar A loud rock and metal bar. Despite the risqué name, a perfectly friendly place with laid-back staff and a good crowd. Writing anywhere on the walls with a marker pen is not discouraged.
  • Bump Located in the Southern Industrial section of Windhoek, Bump features a spacious outdoor area, mid-sized dance floor and a large bar. Although the music is often limited to house and rave music, the service is friendly. Popular with the Afrikaner crowd.
  • Wirtshaus Windhoek or Zum Wirt or Zum Wirts – they keep changing their name!, 101 Independence Avenue (Turn right after exiting Kalahari Sands Hotel), ☎ +264 61 245-518. 11AM – midnight. A huge thatched roof structure (inhabited by an odd combination of locals and ladies of the night), and behind that a lovely beer garden (popular with tourists in particular). Reasonably priced food and drink and you are sure to meet interesting company!
  • Cheztemba Nightclub for locals, open Wed-Sun. Fri-Sun entrance is 30 namibian dollars. Small beer for 16 dollars. Popular with locals and the only place to go out Sunday because other places are closed or dead quiet. Located in corner of Independence Avenue and all the taxi drivers know it.
  • J & J and Gamblers Probably most popular gambling houses in Windhoek. J & J is behind Cheztemba and Gamblers is located close to Angola House and American Embassy in Independence Avenue. Big (750ml) beer 11 namibian dollars, you cant find cheaper beer even in Katutura. J & J can get a bit rough time to time but security is good.
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  • Bomvu Paradise, (When entering Coffee Bay, simply follow the signs), ☎ +27 (0)47 575-2073 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)47 575-2073). From R40 per person for camping, R70 per person in the dorm and R100 for a private room or rondavel.
  • Coffee Bay Hotel, Main Road, ☎ +27 (0)47 575-2051 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)47 575-2054).
  • Coffee Shack, ☎ +27 (0)47 575-2048 ([email protected]). Camping from R70 per person, dorm beds from R120 and private rooms from R300 for a double.
  • Ocean View Hotel, ☎ +27 (0)47 575-2005 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)47 575-2083).
  • White Clay Resort (SC and DB&B), (1,5km on the road to Hole the Wall), ☎ +27 (0)47 575-0008 ([email protected]). Nestled between cliffs above own private beach and bay. All accommodation offers sea views 100m from the beach. Fully licensed restaurant specialising in seafood, with pub. From R165.00pp.
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Coffee Bay is a small town situated on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is located about 250 km south of the city of Durban and has a population of 258 people. Plenty of sandy beaches, towering cliffs where waterfalls tumble into the sea, and dense coastal forests – the Wild Coast is one of the most compelling stretches of coastline in southern Africa.

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As a freelance travel photographer, Michel Piccaya has been on the road worldwide for more than 20 years, exploring the most incredible itineraries. He’s currently based in Brussels however never stays at home for a long time !

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