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Coffee Shack Backpackers

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on the beach | Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014
Kathrynrose92 Chester, United Kingdom
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I stayed at the Coffee shack for 6 nights and it was definitely the highlight of my trip to south Africa. The hostel is in a perfect location with great facilities and staff. The home cooked meals are cheap and gets everyone socialising! I can't recommend this hostel enough, the staff are so helpful and will help you plan your... More 

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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 write a review of Coffee Shack, and great to hear that your stay at Coffee Shack was the highlight of your trip in South Africa. Everyone at Coffee Shack is going to be really happy to hear your kind words. Safe travels and we hope to see you here again... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Stayed at the coffee shack for 4 nights and loved it, great food, great people and an awesome location. Do not hesitate to book up for this place as you won't be disappointed. Also the surf and yoga instructors are top guys. Thanks coffee shack!!

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

Howzit Thanks you for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, although more importantly it is fantastic to hear that you had an awesome time. Glad to hear that you enjoyed our well-priced meals and all the cool people who are our guests (& yourself included) and work at Coffee Shack. Safe travels and we hope to see you again... More 

Port Alfred, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We have been to the Shack now the second time in two months and it is truly a paradise for young backpackers. The location next to the sea, where it is possible to see dolphins and whales right from your bed view I stunning as well as the amazing beach days with delicious lunch and surf lessons. Every evening there... More 

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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 Coffee Shack was "one of the highlights of your 6 months in South Africa". Thanks for mentioning the Mphuzi Cliffs and Caves Hike", I really think that it is one of the most incredible and spectacular short hikes (3 hrs) I have... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I planned to stay for 3 nights in the Coffee Shack, I ended up staying a week! It is a wonderful place right next to the beach with a lot of cool people, clean rooms and showers, and amazing and cheap food. It has a really laid-back vibe and is a good place to relax. The best feature are the... More 

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

Howzit Sina Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and great to hear that you had a fabulous and memorable stay. We always recommend that guests try to stay a minimum of 3 nights, but longer if possible, taking advantage of our 5th night free offer. Thank you also for mentioning the surf lessons, we... More 

George, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Wow! I fell in love with the place from the moment we arrived. Beautiful surroundings, awesome accommodation and super clean facilities is only the start. The staff is very friendly and always go out of their way to make you feel at home! Activities every day and themed parties at night makes everyday an adventure! Food was great with free... More 

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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 thank you very much for letting us know how much you enjoyed yourself. It is always fantastic for us as staff to hear that our guests (friends) have enjoyed themselves so much at Coffee Shack. Thanks for mentioning the free dinner/potjie on Sunday nights, also don't... More 

Oslo, Norway
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We stayed here for three days, and while it was quite nice, it would have been better if it was not raining the whole time. The fact that you have to sit outside for dinner also was bit of a downer when the weather was bad. We could however see that it is a great place for surfing and swimming.... More 

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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. Yes, rain can be a bit of a downer, although we do try to provide free activities like drumming lessons, coastal hikes and other when it is raining. Having said that rainy days are a good time to meet fellow travels and interesting Coffee Bay locals. Safe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Where do I start....well. Definitely recommended to anyone. What a beautiful place. And the staff made us feel like family. Super clean toilets and bathrooms. The food was amazing tooo.. and We made so many good friends..and definitely left a piece of our ♡s there. Khotso, Malan and Jerry..and Offcoarse ALL the other staff. Thank you...we miss you guys already.... More 

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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 write a great review for Coffee Shack. And as always we are very happy to hear that you guys had lots of fun. We sincerely believe that travelling is about meeting people, and we try very hard to provide an environment conducive to meeting people, both guests, staff and local... More 

Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Coffee Shack, and Coffee Bay, for that matter, feels like a little place I want to move to and live the slow life. The people are friendly and the scenery is simply fantastic! The Coffee Shack staff is something special ... they go to great effort to remember your name, greet you at every opportunity and makes sure all guests... More 

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

Howzit Leon Thank you very much for taking the time to write a great review. More importantly to us is the fact that you had great fun and enjoyed the Coffee Shack hospitality. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

From the Coffeeshack in Coffee Bay we did a 2-day hike to Bulungula with a local guide, whilst our luggage was being transported for us so that it would be there when we arrived. For two reasons I would highly recommend this hike, firstly because the landscape is absolutely stunning. Most of the hike is along the coast, some of... More 

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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 give Coffee Shack a fantastic review. I have to agree that the Wild Coast is one of the most unique pieces of coastline in the world and well worth a visit. It is still quite surprising how many people come to South Africa and do not get to see one... More 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

While you might not want to leave Coffee Bay, hiking to Bulungula Lodge is a must. Bright, friendly and knowledgeable, Coffee Bay based Sipho, is the perfect guide. The coastline itself is spectacular. Kilometer stretches of untouched beach interject the rolling cliffs- excellent vantage points from which to wonder at the busy ocean wildlife. The hike is not strenuous, with... More 

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

Hello Deidre Thank you very much for taking time to review Coffee Shack and more importantly it is great to hear that you had a fabulous hike. Now that you have done the hike to Bulungula, I really recommend trying my favourite, the hike between Port St Johns and Coffee Bay. It is a little longer and slightly more work,... More 

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