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Reviewed April 25, 2013

we spent a full week at bomvu, and can relate to most of the comments below, good and bad.

Bomvu is a charming place with a lot of history. It's been around for many years and has been good to travelers. Unfortunately it seems that there is some turmoil at the moment as much of the staff haven't been there for more than 3 odd months. We took part in everything, from yoga to horse riding, pizza and drumming around the fire.

I can say that we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly at bomvu, but had to be quite forgiving in certain instances. The music plays way too loud for way too long, weather there are people there or not. This is fine for a few nights, but becomes a bit much a full week later.

The horse riding was also a great experience, the trip to the hole in the wall in particular. The trip was limited by the knowledge of our guide though, and so we were confined to roads, as opposed to exploring the trails.

The staff are friendly, and the surroundings beautiful, but i would be reluctant to stay here again. There are better backpackers.

Room Tip: choose something far away from the bar. music pumps until all hours.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Paul W
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Really enjoyed my stay here. The rooms are simple, but clean. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Coffee bay is very relaxed environment, but you'll never find yourself bored. The house band is a lot of fun. The only downside is that the bar plays really awful techno music until 2 or 3AM which you can hear from the dorm. Not your kind of place if you're a light sleeper.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
Thank Dino504
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

In summary:
Filthy rooms
Bedding does not get changed
Unqualified staff on all levels
Cockroaches in kitchen and rooms
Terrible food - pizza, breakfast etc.
Stray dogs live on premesis
Not a relaxing holiday spot - music does not stop until 4am EVERY day
Party every night - stay away if you want to have quiet evenings
Local drinking spot for the informal settlement nearby
Rampant theft by locals
Constant harrassment by drug dealers
Tours/hikes/horse rides not value for money - guides only interested in extorting money from tourists, animals very unfit and unkept
Beggers aplenty - small kids, women 'selling' beadwork
Mosquito warning!! - stagnant water around
Bring cash or be prepared to pay 4 percent extra on all prices
Stay away from the room next to the bar - you'll never get a good night's rest

  • Stayed: April 2013
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2  Thank mypetcow
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

My husband and I spent a wonderful 23 days at Bomvuparadise backpackers. What a place, what wonderful staff and what wonderful locals at Coffee Bay. We arrived meeting happy animals, smiling people and beautiful nature. The garden has little paths and open spares for camping, There are small houses with rooms, double and en suites, and of course dormetories and shared showers as in any back packer place.
A great bar, Chris and Ivan thank you. Rooms are decorated with Mikes art, and the eating area and restaurant are spacious and nice. There is a kitchen for cooking your own food if that takes your fancy. Food is great if you like being served and cooked for. We had lovely Bar B Q and bon fires in the evenings. Not forgetting the amazing drum sessions in the evenings. Get guided hikes or horse trails. Take a morning, day and evening swim in the Indian Ocean. Pamper yourself with massage, yoga or pilates.
What more does one want of a long restful holiday.

Now, backpacking mat not be for everyone, but if you can't get along with the gang at Bomvuparadise or even the locals, you need to look in the mirror.

Thanks again. We will be back.

Room Tip: If you like your privacy, Get an en suite.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Vibeke H
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Bomvu is the best backpackers in coffee bay. The staff are very nice, the site is beautiful with a very short walk to the beach. Even the dogs are friendly. There's so much to do with constant activity and an awesome little restaurant. Definitely one of the best holiday venues I've been to

  • Stayed: January 2013
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