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Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

this place might be paradise for young people, but if you are in your thirties and have already had your fair share of beds with animal poop on them or standing in line for quite some time for your dinner while getting eaten by mosquitos, don't stay here. everything seems gross and damp and just not worth the long drive...

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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 I am really sorry that you had a disappointing stay with us. I really would appreciate it if you could please email me personally, with more detail regarding your complaints. As I am surprised by some of the things you mention, for instance 95% of the...

Sogne, Norway
Reviewed 5 March 2016

Coffee Shack backpackers is absolutely amazing. Such a cool and chill place to be. Definitely a must see and stay if you are in the area. There´s one way getting in and out which makes it even more "off-track".

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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 an absolutely amazing time here. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

We camped for a couple of days at coffee shack and loved it. The camping area once one of the nicest we stayed in SA and even though we were right on the beach we felt really secure. Lots of things offered by this backpackers but also a great location for you to do things by yourself without having to...

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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, thank you for the compliments. Our camping site is not very big, but if you pick the right site, you can wake up to one of the best views, anywhere. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Kitchener, Canada
Reviewed 2 March 2016

Best value of any hostel I've ever stayed at. Very kind staff & owner's. Clearly family run. Great food, Great excursions - and cheap! So reasonably priced... It's as though the owner's aren't actually running a business - the just want people to come and enjoy coffee bay. Family style dinner table made it so easy to meet onward travellers....

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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, thank you for the fantastic compliment. And in fact you are correct, we do not worry (too much) about money, we focus on ensuring that our guests leave ecstatic and ambassadors of Coffee Shack and Coffee Bay. The wheel of life turns and we benefit from having...

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

The staff is amazing. The camp ground has an amazing veiw. You will never want to leave after you do some hiking to the sea caves and the hole in the wall. Watch the sun rise at coffee Bay Beach sitting on the hill. Surf is amazing and the food they cook is remarkable. I think about this place all...

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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 an awesome stay. Don't worry Coffee Shack and Coffee Bay, has touched a surprising number of guests in a positive manner over the 16 years we have been here. So you are not the first person to be thinking about...

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

The backpackers has a great, central location in the small town of Coffee Bay. Since the town is hardly developed, they offer anything and everything you could possibly need. I love how everything you eat, drink and do goes on a bar tab registered to one person. At the end of your stay you settle your account. They even offer...

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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 an awesome stay. Thanks for mentioning that all our prices are reasonable. We do make a concerted effort to keep them reasonable and yet provide decent quality day trips, meals and other products. Safe travels and we hope to see...

Exeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Such a friendly hostel and you'll meet so many people there. I went on my own and met so people who hopefully I'll meet along my way to Cape Town. The day trips are great and the food also is amazing!! Great facilities especially the bathrooms. Very clean. Best stay yet in South Africa!

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

Howzit Georgina Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and great to hear that you really enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for mentioning our well-priced day trips and of course meals. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 9 February 2016

I found solace and comfort in the people and place that is Coffee Bay. The atmosphere is like a lost paradise. Thank you Esme, Minty,Gotso and to the staff for their gentle and kind manner.Magnificent

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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 it give us pleasure to hear that you had such a great stay. I really like your title “Fun Festive Free Friendly”, it is a good marketing line. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Loten, Norway
Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

Nice vibe, great surf lessons and really good food. Really seems like they try to give back and support the local community also which is great. One of the highlights of Transkei! A visit to a xhosa family is also recommended.

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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 that you had great stay. Thanks for mentioning our partnership with our local Tshezi Community, we feel strongly about trying to be a responsible, sustainable business. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Ghent, Belgium
Reviewed 22 January 2016

When we arrived, we immediately got offered a welcome drink while we were filling in the paperwork to check in. The hostel has an amazing atmosphere and the people who work there are really really friendly. We also got a cheap and delicious two course dinner there and of course after dinner drinks in their bar. The dorm we slept...

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Hello Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and that you would "recommend" staying at Coffee Shack. Glad you enjoyed staying in the beach side rondavels, we recommend them if you want a little more space. Although some people do not enjoy crossing the stream at spring high time. Safe travels and we hope to...

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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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  • 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 

Additional Information about Coffee Shack Backpackers

Address: on the beach | Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Coffee Bay
Price Range: $26 - $34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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