Heading for the Hole in the Wall formation, we departed Coffee Bay (unfortunately after staying one wretched extremely poor value night at the White Clay Resort - read my review). Looking for a safe spot to park our car and contents before embarking on foot to view the Hole in the Wall. We found the fenced and gated Hole in the Wall Hotel and Holiday Village. I believe the place also trades as The Hole in the Wall Backpackers but we did not experience the backpack aspect of the operation. Went inside to look around, and it was such an extreme difference from our previous night’s accommodation and a huge step up in comfort and safety that we decided to stay the night. Our accommodation slept 6 with 2 bedrooms - one bedroom with double bed and bath, the other bedroom with 2 twin beds and a bunk bed and bath, open and spacious proper lounge area and kitchen. Clean, Clean, Clean, including bottled water and the price was a fraction of the previous night’s stay. We felt like we were in a 5 star hotel after the other places we stayed on our trip. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The restaurant was nothing fancy - hamburgers/pizza/sandwiches - but we were satisfied with our meals. The location is beside the beach for sunning/swimming/fishing/boat launch and is a short, easy, safe walk to The Hole in the Wall formation, and there are plenty of activities to stay busy with for a day or so. During the night of our stay, it rained very hard, and the next morning there were several puddles here and there in the rooms but not enough to dampen my enthusiasm. If I ever return to Hole in the Wall, I would hope this place keeps doing what they are doing. It’s by far the best value of 5 establishments we visited in Coffee Bay, and we would definitely stay there again, http://www.holeinthewall.co.za/
Final thoughts and reflections now from the comfort of my home... I read the other reviews for this property and find no fault or argument with the reviewer’s observations, perhaps just their perspectives. While this place is by no means a resort by international or national standard, by local standards a resort it is. For this locale it doesn’t seem to get any better so it's a waste of time to judge or review against a preconception. Additionally, they also have a number of accommodation options available and I suspect ones experience might largely depend upon which accommodation one resided and on which day one was there. One can find fault at any of the local dining and lodging establishments because there is little competition and most certainly it’s difficult to operate with any consistency. Also, a visit to the region is not for everyone - it’s a difficult drive, hard on passengers and vehicles alike, and one must have the free time, be flexible and really prepared for the experience. Additionally, while the landscape and inhabitants might initially appear charming, be honest and grudgingly accept a number of disturbing and festering social, environmental and employment problems. We came to view “The Hole in the Wall” costal feature and experience the beaches. This we did but in doing so experienced little to prompt a return visit. So, after visiting the region my suggestion to those considering the trip is to do your homework, consider all the time and preparation needed to be safe and comfortable and ask yourself if the juice worth the squeeze.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Coffee Bay and surrounded by vast stretches of unspoiled coastline, Hole in the Wall Hotel and Holiday Village offers some of the most picturesque scenery in South Africa. The remoteness of Hole in the Wall resort lends itself to excellent bird watching, nature walks, hiking trails as well as being an ideal spot for fishing. The beach is directly in front of the resort and has a lovely natural bay. This secluded location makes it the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday and the ideal base from which to explore the pristine Transkei coast. ... more less