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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We stayed in one of the huts. The hut was clean and the bed really comfortable! There is a kitchen (remember to ask the code!) to cook some food and the bathrooms are allright. Downside to the huts is that they are seperated from the backpackers by a river. When the water rises, the only way to reach the backpackers... 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 and glad to hear that you found our mattresses comfortable, we have actually just replaced many of our mattresses with top quality new ones, even the dormitories beds. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We stayed in the cute little tents that they have outback ontop of wooden decks... try and get the very end one so that you can have a view of the ocean. With its quirky vibe and lovely beach, great for surfing... Coffee shack also attracts the most unique individuals. They also have a bonfire circle where they make the... More 

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

Hello Thank you for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, although you may have confused us with one of the other places in Coffee Bay, as we do not have tents for hire currently. None the less great to hear you had a wonderful stay in Coffee Bay. We hope to see you again soon, safe travels. Cheers David... More 

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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Seriously. Coffee bay is one of the most beautiful places I've been and Coffee Shack knows it. I slept in a dorm room that was actually a circular hut so I got to tick that one off my list for starters! Surf lessons are R50, cheapest lessons you can get in SA. The atmosphere in Coffee Shack is always positive... 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 you found it to be an "absolutely amazing place!" Glad you enjoyed our meals and activities. We hope to see you again soon, safe travels. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew More 

Flam, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

The coffee shack is a great place were you notice an effort is being made for the community. Great dinners, entertainment and activities. The dorm was great with a code lock, soacious and bathrooms/showers just outside. Beautiful location right on the beach. Visit Hole in the Wall! I will definitely go back!

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

Hello Thank you very much for taking your time to review Coffee Shack and it makes us happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We really encourage guests to try and stay 4 or 5 nights and take advantage of our fifth night free offer. As we find guests then really leave with an appreciation of our unique, beautiful... More 

Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

What more can you say really? Dave and Bels have done such a great job with Coffee Bay. It is a brilliant backpackers set in one of the most beautiful places in South Africa and the world. But wait there is more! I don't think I have come across a backpackers in the world that gives so much back to... More 

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

Howzit Gee Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack and it always gives us pleasure to hear that our guests had lots of fun staying with us and enjoy what we do. Your comments are humbling, thank you very much. Safe travels and we hope to see you back again soon. Cheers David & the... More 

Winterthur, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

- Its a nice backpackers with very friendly staff - the surf lessons are quite cheap - the prices at the bar are ok - South african culture tour was really cool - the rooms were clean - located nearby the sea

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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 you enjoyed your stay and the friendly staff at Coffee Shack. Safe travels and hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Lovely food and wonderful staff in a beautiful location is what makes this place so very special! With a beachfront location in Coffee Bay you don't want to miss this place. In the evening chill by the bar with drinks and play some pool and on some nights the partying can get crazy! Otherwise its a wonderful place to just... 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 you had another awesome trip to Coffee Shack. Thanks for mentioning the free "sun downer" tours, which happen most evenings, weather permitting. These are frequently overlooked by our guests, and are an excellent way of ending the day, watching the sun setting,... More 

Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

The Coffee Shack was the ideal base for exploring the beautiful Wild Coast! As we like it quiet, we asked for a double room on the other side of the river and this was perfect for us. Sleeping in our own rondavel which was spacious and nicely furnished, sharing clean toilets/showers nearby, and having a fully equipped kitchen and braai... More 

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

Hello Trudy Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and thank you for noting and "commending" Coffee Shack for its social responsibility initiatives. Not many of our guests realise that our local Tshezi Community are actually 30% shareholders in Coffee Shack through the Tshezi Community Trust. Or that Coffee Shack invests a lot of time... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

A great place to stay, with its cosy atmosphere and very friendly staff. They serve delicious food and if you are up for some drinks at night, that is the place to be. They provide a lot of activities, such as surf lessons and village tour. It's well worth a visit.

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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, it always makes us really happy to hear that guests have enjoyed themselves here, and appreciate our beautiful area and Wild Coast hospitality. Safe travels and hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew More 

Norwalk, CT
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138 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the Coffee Shack for a couple nights and did the basic hut accomodations with 6 bunk beds to a hut.  We were across the river on the other side. With changing tides, if you are not up to getting wet or the challenge ask for a room on the main side. Staff was friendly. We also ate... 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 glad to hear that you enjoyed our little paradise. Please make sure that you, plan to stay a little longer than 2 days next time. We really recommend staying at least 3 days to get the relaxed holiday feel of Coffee Shack, better yet stay 4... More 

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Amenities

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Free Parking
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 free WIFI, 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 

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
Price Range: $16 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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