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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

The Coffee Shack is an absolute gem. I was on my way home from Cape Town on a solo road trip and the Coffee Shack was the second stop on my journey. I planned an overnight stay but when I got there and got into things I didn't want to leave. My family called me everyday to find out why...

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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 had an awesome time. The hike to Hole in the Wall is a "must do", but as you mention, it is a proper hike and does take a full 4 hours, up and down some steep hills, but with incredible views...

Wurzburg, Germany
Reviewed 26 March 2016

We arrived late in the evening and were glad to find it. If you come with your own car make sure to arrive there by daylight. During night there are lots of people and animals on the street. If you come by baz bus you get picked up at the main street. It´s located right at the beach. Staff is...

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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 had an awesome time. Thanks for commenting on the drive down from the N2, as you suggest, it is preferable to try and arrive in the day light because of the potholes and animals, which are wandering on the road. Sorry...

Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

If you are thinking weather to go to Coffee Bay and Coffee Shack Backpackers you really should. Especially if you're interested in surfing. This place offers probably cheapest surfing lessons in entire world. If you don't like surfing still go. There's plenty to do in Coffee Bay and the place is beautiful. Staff in Coffee Shack is very friendly. If...

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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. Thanks for commenting on our surf lessons; we also believe that at R50 for a two hour lesson (including equipment) they are amongst the best value for money in the world. Safe travels and we hope to...

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Reviewed 21 March 2016

This is ok if you want to stay awake till 3 in the morning. It is a lovely place, free mussels and oysters. It is little Amsterdam. We camped a couple of days. First night was ok, the music was loud till 2 am but like I say it is little Amsterdam. There was a dog that barked constantly the...

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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 sorry to hear that you had a less than perfect stay. We will look into the things that annoyed you and try improving the situation. With regards to the daytrips we have only ever run one trip a day (other than the morning and afternoon surf...

Muenster, Germany
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Paradise... This hostel is one of the best backpacker hostels I have ever seen. Located directly at the beach it is a small oasis of freedom. In the own restaurant you can start your day with a great breakfast. After that you can go surfing or hiking. Both are activities I can really recommend. Surf lessons for just 50ZAR. That...

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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 enjoyed our "little paradise"! Thanks for pointing out our well-priced surf lessons and activities, we do think they are some of the most affordable in the country. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the...

Freehold
Reviewed 17 March 2016

Coffee Shack Backpackers is awesome! Good for people both on a budget and not. The staff is great and it's close to a few other backpackers so it's easy to meet a lot of people. The beaches are gorgeous and relaxing for those that want to chill and the backpackers has day trips for those that don't. The backpackers in...

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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 you had an "awesome stay". Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Miami, Florida
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Stayed here four nights on the King's Hill. The accommodation was clean and tranquil. The staff friendly and helpful with transport arrangements and room movements when we extended our stay. Tours and surf lessons are offered through the hostel - recommend the walking tours, and the surf lessons for any wannabe surfers. The teachers really are very good. The local...

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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 you had a relaxing stay, appreciating Coffee Shack and our beautiful area. Thanks for mentioning the diverse mix of ages and backgrounds, who visit Coffee Shack. We do feel that all those who are "young at heart" will enjoy staying at the "Shack"...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

It is day 4 of our 10 day stay. When we mention this to the youngsters backpacking from Germany or Holland through S.A. they respond: "that is a long time to be in one place"...but we know that we can stay here much longer. The facilities are excellent, the coffee menu pleases the taste buds, the dinners are delicious and...

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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 it is fantastic to hear you stayed long enough to unwind and appreciate Coffee Shack and our beautiful area. It sounds like you had an awesome holiday and got to experience a lot. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David &...

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

I came to the coffee shack for some relaxing and surfing, and that's exactly what I found. There was a beautiful mix of your typical surferdudes, backpackers, South-Africans on a few days off and people with crazy, multi-year travelplans. The hostel is beautiful and directly feels like home. The hike to hole in the wall is amazing and the surflessons...

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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 it is fantastic to hear that you have fallen "in love" with Coffee Shack, you are not the first person and hopefully not the last. Sorry about the poor Wi-Fi service, we do not like to make excuses because it is free. So just to explain...

Reviewed 12 March 2016

It is a very nice "little amsterdam", party-hostel. If you don't want to you don't have to party (like me) and there are a lot of quiet bungallows across the "river". The ocean is right in front of you, the food and coffee is the most delicious I've ever had in a hostel. The organisation could be better, we had...

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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 had a good stay and enjoyed the space and quiet of the rondavels across the beach. Sorry about the having to wait for your room, we will look into that. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers...

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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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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
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: $26 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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