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Coffee Shack Backpackers

on the beach | Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
Meng T Phoenix, Arizona
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very impressive at first, but after a while you realise that the exact same words that you heard on arrival are recited by rote to every new group of guests, they play the same bar games to get you drunk every evening, push you to book the same tours every day etc etc etc. In other words, it's a sausage... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent 3 days and 4 nights here and it's probably the most memorable part of my trip in South Africa. Everyone, from the owners to the staff, was wonderful. After the first day, most of the staff knew my name, even though I can't pronounce theirs. Food was great and the prices very reasonable. I had the same omelette... More

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

Howzit Meng Thanks you very much for the fantastic review, the staff are always stoked to receive such great compliments. More important to us is that you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for mentioning that Coffee Shack is certified by Fair Trade Tourism, this is an aspect that many guests are not aware of. Coffee Shack is very proud of the fact... More

Saint Lucia, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

That's the only word that come's to mind when visiting Coffee Shack Backpackers: WOW! The vibe is excellent. The staff was superb - couldn't believe they knew my name between all the other travelers! With a bar, restaurant and GREAT facilities, this is the place to be. Everything was very affordable. When visiting Coffee Bay, don't miss Coffee Shack, other... More

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

Howzit Gerda and Jaenie Thanks you very much for the great review, it was a pleasure having you both here. The staff are really stoked about the compliments, and thanks for mentioning the reasonable prices, we do try to make it affordable for everyone, or at least good value for money. We look forward to seeing you again, either here... More

Los Angeles
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

I can't say enough good things about Coffee Shack. When I arrived, it was such a cool, laid back atmosphere that I immediately felt at home. Everyone who worked there is extremely personable and really go out of their way to know everyone they meet. Even though there were lots of other travelers going in and out, I was always... More

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

Howzitt Matt Thank you very much for the great review, and it is always our pleasure to hear that our guests have taken advantage of the many services that we offer and enjoyed them. Safe travels, come and visit us again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was the one hostel where the party was on. Really cool vibe. Free drinks on a arrival. You don't need to worry about food as they make breakfast, lunch and supper everyday. And you decide what u want and it goes on ur tab. They also organised a tour everyday but if you only staying a short time and... More

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

Hello Thank you, for the great review! It is actually surprisingly complex and hard work making the Coffee Shack, run smoothly, due to the remote location and logistics associated with this. So your compliments are much appreciated by everyone working at Coffee Shack. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew More

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Could only stay one night but wished it could have been for more! We booked a hut which was clean, secure and spacious. The bathrooms were clean with good facilities. Great place to socialise - the bar was full all night & there was a great atmosphere. Excellent location right on a beautiful huge beach, friendly and efficient staff, and... More

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

Hello Thank you very much for the fantastic review, we really appreciate it and the fact that you had a very enjoyable stay, even though you only managed to stay one night. Hopefully next time you can plan for 3 or more nights. Remember that every 5th night is free. We generally find that if guests stay 3 nights or... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This was our fifth day of our hike down the Wild coast. It is a popular backpackers and a busy one. We stayed in a rondaval across the Bomvu River which had just been refurbished - lovely and quiet (only one or two mosquitos). We got a free drink on arrival (after our day's hike this was nectar!). NIce sandwiches... More

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

Hello Thank you very much for the review and glad to hear that you felt very comfortable and enjoyed the welcome drink. We do usually have mosquito pads in all the rooms which do a pretty good job of keeping the mozzies at bay. Guests are usually made aware of them on check in, and the device then has to... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Best place to stay in coffee bay. Lots of activities to join in on. Friendly staff and great food. Very good atmosphere and close to beach. We stayed in a rondavel on the other side of the river to the main reception and dorms. Perfect if you want a bit of piece and quiet.

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

Howzit Lucy Thank you for the great review, and more importantly that you had a great stay at Coffee Shack. Thank you for mentioning the dorms across the stream for those who need a little more space, most people don't realise that there are also dorms as well as private rooms on the beach side, across the stream. Safe travels... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Undoubtably the best back packers I've ever stayed in. Right on the beach - pretty much in the middle of paradise - with the most awesome staff. I didn't need to worry about anything, with awesome food served everyday, a bar open from 9am - 2am, great activities arranged every day and night and just such a cool vibe. I... More

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

Howzit Neil Thanks you very much for the fantastic review, although more importantly that you and your crew had memorable stay at Coffee Shack. It sounds like you guys had a fantastic time, I am jealous, I probably need a holiday myself now! Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew... More

Dresden, Germany
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We stayed in Coffee Shack for 3 nights over x-mas, and it was the best x-mas of my life. The staff is incredible. The food, the hospitality, the smiles. For X-mas eve, Dave took us out for an incredible hike on the most beautiful day, followed by sundowners over a hill with free gin tonics, mussels and oysters. Then came... More

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

Hello Thank you for the very kind review, but more importantly to us, is that you had the “best X-mas possible” at Coffee Shack and enjoyed it as much as we did. It certainly was a very memorable Christmas, with lots of fun had by everyone there, including us the staff. Thank you also for noting that we do run... More

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Additional Information about Coffee Shack Backpackers

Address: on the beach | Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Coffee Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty lodging in Coffee Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 a good internet connection, 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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