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Coffee Shack Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“coffee shack!”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Coffee shack really looked after my friend and I while we were travelling. It is a varied crowd who go there. From 18 yr olds to 40+ .

They had run out of double rooms when I went and I stayed in a dorm, which could have been worse. it was across the river from the main coffee shack, this was perfect for us. A lot more chilled (I would say quiet as but due to the hostel next door......)

Value for money, relaxation, activities this is a fantastic place!

Room Tip: go across the river for a quieter time. book early!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Jude H
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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Hello
Thanks for the positive review and more importantly that you enjoyed your stay at Coffee Shack. Sorry that we did not have any double rooms available for you, but we only have a limited number and they are in demand, particularly the ensuite double (we only have 1). So it is recommended that you book private rooms well in advance.
Safe travels
Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Place is 80 km away from the main road. village consist of few huts backpackers hostels and restaurants. Beach is great and uncrowded.
If you want peace and quiet consider staying in the kings house or the huts across the river and avoid staying in the dorms near the cafe/bar..
Food is ok.
Party in the main camp will go on normally till 4-6...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Thank OerlyBerlin
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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Hello
Thanks for your positive comments. As you suggested the traditional thatched rondavals(huts) across the stream are always recommended if you want a little bit more space & quiet. There are both dorms and double rooms on that side.
Safe travels and hope to see you again.
Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Cape Town
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Coffee Shack was my favourite stop on a two week journey around South Africa. It's a bit of a trek to get out there but well worth it. As with many of the out of the way places in South Africa, make sure you bring your own food to cook otherwise you will spend alot of money buying their food, which is very tasty but will add up nonetheless. The beds are comfy, the bathrooms are clean and the kitchens have everything you need. They have a great list of activities for much cheaper than you would be charged almost anywhere else in South Africa. Coffee Shack had a great vibe, especially in the evenings and some of my best memories were made here.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Traveller41CapeTown
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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Howzit
Great to hear that you enjoyed yourself at Coffee Shack. Thank you for mentioning the surf lessons, they are definitely our passion, and we are proud that they are probably the most affordable professional surf lessons in South Africa, possibly anywhere, at R50 for 2 hours, including wetsuit and board.
We hope to see you again soon, safe travels.
Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

This was my second visit to Coffee Shack and I was not disapointed. Coffee Shack is just amazing, their dinners were definately a highlight, sooooo much food, and so much variety even if you are a fussy eater you will not go hungry. Their meals were also much cheaper than the other rural backpackers. I also did the surf lesson with Neil which was just amazing. They have a daily excursion which is very affordable. Would reccommend coffee shack to any traveller.

Room Tip: The huts across the river are lovely.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Melj234
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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Howzit Mel
Thanks for visiting us again and great to hear that you had a fantastic time! Thanks for highlighting the rooms across the river (stream), we always recommend them to those who want a little more space.
We hope to see you again soon, we always recommend May & June, which is the best time of the year weather wise.
Cheers
David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

I called last week to make a booking at the Coffee Shack. I was not getting details to make payment. Called them today and find out how should I make payment and they kept telling me a EFT but I could not get them to understand I have not got banking details because I can not get them to invoice me, they then said they did not make my booking. The people there dont seem to care about lost business. If they have that attitude before they have my money, imagine how little they care when they do have your money...

DONT BOOK AT COFFEE SHACK!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Hello Kerry
We apologise about your bad experience, when trying to make a reservation at Coffee Shack. We do pride ourselves in being professional and organised, so would like to resolve your problem and find out what went wrong on our side. Please could you email me directly at wackypt(at)iafrica(dot)com with your name and contact details and we will contact you. We would also like to offer you a complimentary couple of day’s accommodation at Coffee Shack, so that you can enjoy our special part of the world.

We have already followed up your problem with the receptionist on duty, Delani; who recalls your phone call on the 21st January 2013, which you alluded to.

Delani remembers the conversation and not being able to find your booking. She did request your contact details so that the manager could follow up when she got back to the office, unfortunately you hung up before leaving your contact details.

To find out what went wrong on our side we need to know what happened with your booking, so it would be much appreciated if you could please let us know the date and approximate time you made your original reservation and the receptionist’s name if you called. If the reservation was made by email, your email address so that we can find the original booking email.
Thanks for making us aware of this problem and hope to see you at Coffee Shack one of these days.
Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Ulm, Germany
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

I came to stay for three nights at Coffee Shack and it was really nice! It's a really laid back place and the dinners are really really good and cheap (55 Rand incl. dessert) / of course also the breakfast. The hikes they offer are also a good way to get to know the area and the people's habbits and you will always find a lot of friendly easygoing people!
The noise at night is actually not really loud. If you hear something, it's the drums from another place and you're also welcome if you're not into parties (as others commented on here)

Room Tip: The huts on the other side are really nice! Get there early so you can choose a bed at the bottom!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Thank der_yonas
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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Howzit
We are always happy to see that guests enjoyed their stay at Coffee Shack and appreciate our well-priced meals and activities. We make a special effort to ensure that meals are good value for money, even for travellers on a budget, so we are especially glad to hear that you enjoyed them.

Safe travels and hope to see you again soon.
Cheers
David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Friends told us we had to stay 3 days in Coffeeshack(CS), stubborn as we are we booked for 5 and is was more than worth it! We spent Christmas in CS and it was an unforgettable one, CS organised a mouthwatering dinner with a great atmosphere. The rooms are nice and spotlessly clean as well as the bathrooms. CS organises plenty of daytrips and sundowners, guests are more than welcome to join but on the other hand no one will push you when you want to relax at the property. These daytrips have a lunch included, great value for money!
The staff is friendly and very personal, always willing to help out! We will definately come back when we have the chance! Thanks Coffeeshack!!!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Thank Kortewegjim
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David M, General Manager at Coffee Shack Backpackers, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Howzit
Thanks for the great review and more importantly that you enjoyed your stay with us at Coffee Shack. As staff we also thoroughly enjoyed Christmas, thanks to all the fun, cool guests we had staying with us.

We hope to see you again, safe travels.
Cheers
David & the Coffee Shack crew
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Property: 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 Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Coffee Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
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 
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