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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 2 weeks ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard on the grapevine from other travellers that Coffee Bay (and the Coffee Shack) were a must stop - little did we know that we were about to stumble upon one of the highlights of our 5 week trip in Southern Africa. To put it simply, Coffee Bay itself is a tiny village (mainly a collection of hostels)... More

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

Howzit Hanna Thank you very much for your review, and we are super stoked to be one of your most "special hostels", thanks! We always recommend guests try stay at least 3 nights, preferably 5 nights, as your 5th night is free! That way you find your own space, which suits your mood or holiday to a T. Safe travels... More

Nairobi
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and i stayed here for a couple of nights in a female dorm. This place is so quite, relaxing and a real hostelvibe. We went surfing which is really chep here (the teacher wasn't that good though..but he tried to do his best), every night at 7.30 food is ready so we all ate together around a fire... More

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

Howzit Elise Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, and great to hear that you had an enjoyable stay at Coffee Shack. With regards to the surf lessons, we have a fantastic new instructor Chris, who joins Neil our long time permanent instructor, and the quality of surf lessons is back to the high standard... More

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a brilliant little backpacker hostel. We stayed in 6 man dorm rooms, for a week while surfing in Coffee Bay itself. The hostel itself was brilliant, with theme nights and lots of drinks/games/music/pool! If you are looking for a quieter place, there are rooms available just across the river, so you'll still get a good nights sleep.

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

Howzit Thank you for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and great to hear that you had a really great time here. Thanks for mentioning the R50 for 2 hour surf lessons, as I have mentioned many times it is one of our specialities, here at Coffee Shack. Safe travels and we hope to see you at Coffee Shack... More

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

This is by far the best backpacker I have stayed in. Everything is on point, from the friendly staff, efficient excellent service and booking and great vibe. I stayed for five days and loved every moment! Oh how I wish I could go back. The tours were memorable and I enjoyed them. I left my heart there and I will... More

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

Howzit Fantastic to hear that you had an awesome stay at Coffee Shack and thank you also for taking the time to write a review. I will pass your review onto the staff, they will be really happy to read your kind words; it makes all the effort worthwhile. Safe travels and please come and visit us again soon. Cheers... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Coffee Bay one of the most amazing place in SA, loved it so much.Very chilled, hippy place. In the backpackers the staff are friendly, giving their best to help you out whatever you need. if you want to sleep at night recommend to choose the dorm across the river. Every Sunday the dinner is free for everyone, and free welcome... More

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

Howzit Thank you very much for your kind review, but more importantly, is that you had a great stay at the Coffee Shack. Thank you for mentioning the R50 surf lessons... they are our speciality and we really recommend the surf lessons, for the quality of lesson and equipment. Safe travels and hope to see you back at Coffee Shack... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Since I came here the first time I loved coffee bay and particular coffee shack. It's one of those places that you you have to relax and have fun. The accommodation is very basic but that is what makes it so good. It's clean and everything works. There system at the bar make it easy to buy and enjoy. The... More

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

Howzit Bethesda Thank you very much for the kind review, but of course more importantly to us, is that you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to seeing you guys around here for again soon, we have finally finished renovating that rondaval/ hut on the beach side, and it is looking pretty slick. Safe travels, cheers David & the Coffee Shack... More

London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This place is a traveller's paradise: difficult and treacherous to get to (we smashed our car on the potholes leading up to it and almost got stranded in the middle of a village), but once we arrived we were welcomed with free beer and food, a campfire, local dancers, a great party near the beach. We stayed 2 nights but... More

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

Howzit Sam Thanks for the fantastic review, but more importantly we love hearing that you had fun and enjoyed yourself at Coffee Shack. Thanks for noting that there are currently a few deep potholes on the road down to Coffee Bay, we do advise driving during day light hours if possible for this reason, and obviously drive at a reasonable... More

Pretoria, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

I went to coffee shack for 2 nights and stayed 5 which I think says a lot about a place. Being there in low season suited me perfectly as I think this could be a big party place when it's busy, but during the low season it was very chilled which was perfect. I joined a couple of activities which... More

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

Howzit Claire Thank you for the great review and always good to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for mentioning the daytrips/ activities and surf lessons, because we think they are very good and exceptionally well priced. If you are at a loose end, and need a place to hang out, you know where we are, I am sure... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

It's all happening here. Friendly staff. Awesome vibe. Relaxed environment. Everything a backpackers is supposed to be. Pay the extra and sign up for meals in advance. Other places don't always have food and make sure to take cash with you. Closest ATM is 20 minutes away.

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

Howzit Thank you for the great review, and great to hear that you appreciated the services that we offered. If you do have a credit or debit card you can pay your tab/ bill by card and we do not take an additional commission. This way you actually do not need a lot of cash and an ATM. Safe travels... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I stayed at this hostel for 2 nights and on the first night our room was broken into and out bags rifled through. Luckily our valuables were in the safe and nothing was taken. However when we told the staff and asked for the code to be changed they were not particularly surprised and nothing was done about this. We... More

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

Howzit Thank you for your review and letting us know of the problems that you had. We really apologise for the bad service and sub-standard surf lessons, this is definitely not how we usually operate and the standard we expect of ourselves. We would like to offer you both 2 nights free accommodation and 2 free surf lessons each, if... More

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Address: on the beach | Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Coffee Bay
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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 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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