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Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

If you are an Backpacker with very low Budget it will be ok. We was so happy to fall in sleep in this very smal hot room and a lot of Sand in our bed - Not from us-. Then we waked up from heavy and unfriednly door knocking because they forget to charge one Dinner. No "sorry" Prozent something...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's not one hostel I've recommended to so many people but Coffee Shack. This place is something else. Me and my friends tried so hard to explain its greatness to other travellers, but every time our conclusion was: it's the vibe. Just go there and see for yourself. If I really must explain: Coffee Bay is stunning, the staff (most...

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

Howzit Emma Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, we really appreciate this. Thank you for the great compliment, glad to hear that you got to take advantage or 5th night free. Please come see us again, safe travels. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Seoul, South Korea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had an amazing time at Coffee Shake Backpackers, it's located in one of the most beautiful places in South Africa, and had extremely kind employees. There was so much to do around the back packers from visiting "Hole in the Wall," to eating fresh fish, to relaxing and enjoying the views.

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

Howzit Katie Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, we really appreciate this. Thank you for the great compliment, thank you. Safe travels and hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is an oasis and the way that sustainable tourism should be done. Great integration into the community, with lots of activities both physical and cultural, so that you feel to get a sense of the people and what they value, not just voyeurism. Great bunks, food, staff, activities, charity, the works! My friends and I had a blast...

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

Howzit Mac Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, we really appreciate this. Thank you for the great compliment, it is really encouraging for the staff and the rest of us, who work really hard to create a fun and friendly environment. We also appreciate the fact that you recognize the effort we put into...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place!!! Our 5 nights there was an absolutely amazing time. The staff of Coffee Shack is so friendly and accomodating. I would recommend this to anyone who loves the traveling/backpacker style accommodation, but still wants to experience the local vibe. Triple thumbs up!!!!

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

Howzit Franci Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, we really appreciate this. Thank you for the great compliment, it is really encouraging for the staff and the rest of us, who work really hard to create a fun and friendly environment, to have compliments like yours. Safe travels and hope to see you again...

Lichtenfels, Germany
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a stay in coffee bay! We extended our stay two times and stayed there for two weeks. The Coffee Shack Backpackers offers a lot for really cheap prices! +5th night free (also the 10th, 15th...if the atmosphere catches you) +affordable prices for good food (lunch: burger/ lasagna with salad less then 4€, dinner with dessert under 6€ ) +Unbeliefable...

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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, we really appreciate this. Thank you for the great compliment, I will pass this onto the staff, they will really happy. Thanks for mentioning the sustainability aspect of things, it is most frequently over looked that we are actually a certified by Fair Trade Tourism for the...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Pity that there is a river in between the main lodge and some of the rooms. No lights or direct pathway. Nice common area. Disappointing food. Weird vibe. The receptionist may have had mild halitosis. Close to most attractions.

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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Familiar Hostel but completly unorganized. They told me at 9:30 PM to move out of my room, because they are overbooked and i need to go to another dorm. I asked to take a free double room and they said i need to pay both then. They are just interested in your money and are not interested in how you...

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

Howzit Konrad Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, we really appreciate this. I am really sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations. I have looked into the problems you experienced and I do apologize for the confusion that you experienced, with regards to your bed on your last night. Although the...

Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Amazing location, amazing atmosphere, good food and great activities! I only stayed here around 3-4 nights and wished that I could stay here much longer. The place to be if you are travelling through South Africa!

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

Howzit Tom Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, we really appreciate this. Great to see that you had a “fantastic stay” pity you could not stay 5 nights and take advantage of our 5th night free offer. Safe travels and hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Reviewed 9 November 2016

We were on a road trip and camped here for one night. Camping spots in the front garden has the best view. Friendly staff. Nice food. Liked the bar. Next time i'll definitely stay more than one night.

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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, great to hear that enjoyed your stay. Sad you could only stay for one night, we always recommend that guests book for at least 3 nights if possible, although 5 nights is better and you get a special 5th night free. Safe travels and we hope to...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
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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Address: on the beach | Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Coffee Bay
Price Range: €22 - €23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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