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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 17 November 2015

Lovely food and wonderful staff in a beautiful location is what makes this place so very special! With a beachfront location in Coffee Bay you don't want to miss this place. In the evening chill by the bar with drinks and play some pool and on some nights the partying can get crazy! Otherwise its a wonderful place to just...

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Howzit Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and great to hear that you had another awesome trip to Coffee Shack. Thanks for mentioning the free "sun downer" tours, which happen most evenings, weather permitting. These are frequently overlooked by our guests, and are an excellent way of ending the day, watching the sun setting,...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 14 November 2015

The Coffee Shack was the ideal base for exploring the beautiful Wild Coast! As we like it quiet, we asked for a double room on the other side of the river and this was perfect for us. Sleeping in our own rondavel which was spacious and nicely furnished, sharing clean toilets/showers nearby, and having a fully equipped kitchen and braai...

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Trudy Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and thank you for noting and "commending" Coffee Shack for its social responsibility initiatives. Not many of our guests realise that our local Tshezi Community are actually 30% shareholders in Coffee Shack through the Tshezi Community Trust. Or that Coffee Shack invests a lot of time...

Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

A great place to stay, with its cosy atmosphere and very friendly staff. They serve delicious food and if you are up for some drinks at night, that is the place to be. They provide a lot of activities, such as surf lessons and village tour. It's well worth a visit.

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Howzit Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, it always makes us really happy to hear that guests have enjoyed themselves here, and appreciate our beautiful area and Wild Coast hospitality. Safe travels and hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Norwalk, CT
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the Coffee Shack for a couple nights and did the basic hut accomodations with 6 bunk beds to a hut.  We were across the river on the other side. With changing tides, if you are not up to getting wet or the challenge ask for a room on the main side. Staff was friendly. We also ate...

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Howzit Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack and glad to hear that you enjoyed our little paradise. Please make sure that you, plan to stay a little longer than 2 days next time. We really recommend staying at least 3 days to get the relaxed holiday feel of Coffee Shack, better yet stay 4...

Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 8 October 2015

We´ve only been here one night but Coffee Shack is a really nice place. They have a great chill out area where you can also have breakfast and dinner together with everyone. The bar with cold beer (and ´gosh´a lot of shots) is right next to it. They also have a pool table. The staff is friendly and does all...

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and great to hear that you had a great time meeting fellow travellers. Please make sure that next time you take advantage of our special 5th night free, stay 4 nights and get your 5th night for free. Safe travels and hope to see you again soon....

Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

Tourism in a rural area is difficult and has all sorts of positive and negative impacts. The Coffee Shack goes to some length to be the positive impact that hostels should strive for. Whilst it is always debatable whether a backpackers hostel should be there at all, the Coffee Shack to me has done a superb job of being both...

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack and thank you very much for pointing out an aspect of Coffee Shack, which is frequently overlook. As you point out, Coffee Shack tries to be responsible about its role in our community, who have a 30% share in the business. For our efforts Coffee Shack has...

Dorset, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

We stayed at coffee shack for 2 nights. When we arrived we got shown around by a lady who was more like a school teacher and was telling some people off for what she thought were not listening but were just looking at the scenery, it was abit strange. We then had a free drink which was nice however the...

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and sorry about all the inconvenience the super high spring tides caused you and your friends. It also seems that the manager on duty did not handle the situation very well, when you were checking out and we are very sorry about this. This has been discussed at managers...

Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

Coffee bay is a really beautiful stop, the atmosphere is relaxed and you can loose time. Lots of young and interesting people stop by, great place to chat with others, have. A great diner, get a nice sunset view and just have fun! The staff is very cheerful and welcoming! We shared a bathroom with another couple, wasn't as clean...

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and great to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and made the time to meet our other interesting guests & staff. We believe that the essence of travelling is meeting new and exciting people and cultures, and this is something we encourage. Thanks for pointing out your problem with...

Tokyo, Japan
Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

Very cool hostel in the remote and beautiful Coffee Bay. They offer lots of activities(hikings, surfing, etc), good facilities, yummy food and the cheapest surfing lessons and gear I've ever seen. Staff is super friendly and helpful. It's a must stop on the garden route trip!

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and fantastic to see that you had an awesome time. Thanks for pointing out our super cheap (R50/ $4usd for 2 hour lesson) surf lessons. Safe travels and hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 21 September 2015

If you're staying in beautiful Coffee Bay, look no further for accommodation. Coffee Shack felt just like home away from home, with its vibey atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff and perfect location. - Rooms and bathrooms are super clean and functional. Plus, those bathrooms are the best and cleanest I've seen on my South African stay. - Dinners provided by...

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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack. And thanks for the awesome review; next time you are here, we will get you to write some "copy" for our brochures! Our free Wi-Fi can be slow. Due to our remote, rural location, we have a satellite connection, which is generally very stable, but only 2mb/second,...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

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Address: on the beach | Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Coffee Bay
Price Range: ₹ 1,337 - ₹ 1,738 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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