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TRAVEL TO COFFEE BAY ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN WILD COAST

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"The Coffee Shack...is a genuine and unaffected mecca for fun-loving travellers." - LONELY PLANET

Explore, discover and enjoy a unique taste of rural Africa! Coffee Shack is a backpackers tropical paradise located right on the beach at the Bomvu River mouth in the Transkei, a deeply traditional area of South Africa where you'll 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. Most visitors rate Coffee Shack as a highlight of their SA tour...

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BACKPACKERS ACCOMMODATION - DORMS, DOUBLE ROOMS AND CAMPING

Coffee Shack straddles the Bomvu River. We offer camping, dorms and private rooms for international tourists. If you're looking for peace and quiet, there are traditional thatched huts (dorms, doubles and en-suite rooms) across the river, at backpacker rates. The accommodation is clean and simple, and our bathroom facilities are excellent.

CAMPING 2 or 3 man tents only         ZAR   75 pp

DORM BEDS in 6-8 bed dorms            ZAR   120 pp

PRIVATE ROOMS with a double bed  ZAR 320 /rm

ENSUITE ROOMS with a double bed
                      bunk bed & bathroom     ZAR 380 /rm

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FUN IN THE SUN - DAY TRIPS, ADVENTURE TOURS AND HIKING

We offer day trips every day that the weather allows (we have on average 200+ days of sunshine per year). These range from sundowners and beach outings to unforgettable cultural experiences, adventurous abseiling drops and coastal hikes - all with qualified guides. Here's some of the activities you can do:

COASTAL HIKE TO HOLE-IN-THE-WALL - an always-popular 3-hour walk to one of the region's most beautiful natural features. End a memorable experience with lunch on the beach and an adrenalin-pumping dive...

MAPUZI CLIFFS & CAVES - ever wondered what it's like to be Indiana Jones or Laura Croft? Visit these historically-interesting caves and enjoy a short hike, rock-scrambling and optional cliff-jumping.

ABSEILING BABY HOLE - join us as we abseil down a 45-metre cliff drop virtually into the ocean. The spectacular site is alongside Baby Hole and Hlungunwane Waterfall, giving great opportunities for scenic shots. For more thrills, try a cliff jump into the Baby Hole. Drinks and toasted sandwiches done on an open fire are served to survivors...

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LEARN TO SURF WITH A WORLD CHAMP!

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Surfing is high on the agenda here - owner Dave was a Pro-Am World Title holder and still surfs competitively.

R50 for surf lessons, warm water and good conditions make Coffee Bay an excellent place to learn to surf. Directly in front of the backpackers, Bomvu Bay can offer a very nice convenient right for the more accomplished surfers. Coffee Bay has nice point and beach break, for all levels of surfer, and there are many other surf spots up and down the Wild Coast, about which Dave is very knowledgable.

QUALITY EQUIPMENT - all our equipment, both boards and wetsuits, is high-quality and well maintained. If you already know how to surf, we also hire out boards.
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XHOSA CULTURE AND OUR DEVELOPING COMMUNITY

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The Wild Coast is a part of the Transkei, home to the Xhosa (pronounced with a "click") people. It is one of the few parts of Southern Africa where tribal authorities still hold sway, and most of the region's rural inhabitants maintain a traditional lifestyle.

Many visitors have commented that this feels like the "Real Africa" as they imagined it would be - huts dot the hillsides, witchdoctors throw the bones, youngsters undergoing their rites-of-passage are often seen and brides' dowrys are paid in cows after long negotiation...
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COFFEE SHACK'S INVOLVEMENT
We're a small but important part of the local scene, and we believe in contributing to the community's wellbeing in a meaningful way. Thanks to EU involvement, the Tshezi Community Trust owns 30% of Coffee Shack, and we're a source of income for many people in the area - employees & their families, as well as entertainers, tour guides, craftsmen, fishermen, and families who open their homes to cultural tours.

There are also beneficiaries of social initiatives such as High School Scholarships and the PATO JUNIOR SCHOOL FUNDRAISING PROJECT...

MEET OUR HOSTEL'S STAFF

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Most of us at Coffee Shack have been lucky enough to grow up on the Wild Coast, and we love sharing our special world of traditional culture, breath taking scenery, friendly smiles and non-stop fun.

"Us," the extra friendly staff, enjoy nothing more than putting a smile on your face, and we invite you to sample our local brand of hospitality and make our home, your home.

Coffee Shack is proud of its employees as it is they who make things happen - all day and all night, every day and night. As a responsible employer, we take an interest in our staff members' careers...

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TOURISTS: EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY!

FREE
- WELCOME DRINK
- SUNDAY DINNER
- OYSTERS/ MUSSELS

               (when available)

Our kitchen serves up scrumptious breakfasts and 2-course dinners at very reasonable prices. There's always a vegetarian option, and for lunch there's toasties, salad and fruit. If you prefer to self-cater, we have two well-equipped guest kitchens.

The Babalaza Bar is famous for its manic sessions, dress-up theme parties every Tuesday (free punch!) and for its BUFFALO RULES..

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WILD COAST FUN - WHAT OUR BACKPACKERS SAY ABOUT US

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"...this is what holidays are all about." - Theresa, Hannah & Lucia

"...Amazingly friendly atmosphere and lots of nice people..." - Martin, London

"Very comfortable living. Just like Mom's but fun..." - Steve, USA

"...pure honest good fun... " - "Oysters," Norway

"Coffee Bay's premier party spot"  - Lonely Planet

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THERE'S LOTS TO DO FOR FREE...

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- POOL TABLE
- Sundowners at
   beautiful locations
- Go to the beach
- Relax in the HUGE hammock
- Learn about Xhosa
  culture & language
- Explore the area...


- ALMOST FREE
- R50 for a 2 hour surf lesson,
   including equipment

SOUTH AFRICA'S KING OF THE BONGO

Do a 3-5 day course and make your own djenuine djembe drum!
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