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Coffee Shack Backpackers

Hostelworld.comUS$26*
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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I have mixed feelings about this place, and I feel that people really need to be more aware of what they are in for here. BEWARE of a guy who goes by the name of ERIC (I have attached a picture). He claims to be a guide and hangs around the backpackers so it looks as if he works there....

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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 sorry to hear about your bad experience with Eric, which has obviously left a bad taste in your mouth. We do not know why Eric handled the situation the way he did, which was obviously very badly handled, particularly by someone whose livelihood depends on tourism....

Reviewed 15 February 2017

We stayed at the Coffee shack for 8 days and had the most amazing experience It was known to management that my partner is over 2m tall, and they actually went through the trouble of creating a extra length mattress, with the sheets to fit. We were bowled over with this effort. Overall we enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere which is...

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

Howzit Stef and Athlone Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack and great to hear that you had an awesome experience. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Reviewed 14 February 2017

We visited the lodge in a group of 5 friends towards the end of January and stayed for two nights in the Kings Hut. The experience was nothing short of amazing! The accommodation was comfortable and clean with a nice view of the Indian Ocean. But the best part of the lodge is the experience you get. The crew managing...

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

Howzit Rajat Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack and great to hear that you had an amazing experience. We always believe that travelling is about the people you meet and the friends you make. Thanks to you and all our other awesome guests who make Coffee Shack such an fun and interesting place to...

Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Here are lots of cool people, the food is very tasty and pretty cheap. Also the Beach and surrounding is beautiful and the staff is friendly/helpful. It is just annoying that you have to walk a bit (also passing a river) to get to the huts on the beachside but all in all it is very good and we highly...

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

Howzit Luka Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack and great to hear that you had an excellent stay. Glad you enjoyed all our other cool guests and friendly staff who all contribute to the great vibe. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

a little hidden paradise with amazing people and amazing vibes . was just looking for a place to crash for one night and ended up staying 2 . if prebooked further travels didnt prevent it wouldve just left the rest of sa and chilled for another 2 weeks .

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

Howzit Helen Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack and great to hear that you enjoyed our little hidden paradise. Thanks for raising the point about “pre-bookings” ruining or shortening your stay unnecessarily. We always recommend that guests try pre-book as little as possible, as it takes away from the flexibility and spontaneity of their...

Reviewed 14 January 2017 via 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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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 do try to learn from our mistakes and try to improve our product and service to our guests. So we appreciate that guests take the time to let us know about their experiences at Coffee Shack. I am very sorry about the way the staff handled...

Reviewed 3 January 2017

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 3 January 2017

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 24 December 2016

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 23 December 2016 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...

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( 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 

Additional Information about Coffee Shack Backpackers

Address: on the beach | Bomvu River Mouth, Coffee Bay 5082, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Coffee Bay
Price Range: €21 - €24 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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“Go with the flow. Wifi in main reception.”
alsation, 12 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Rooms on the other side of the river are quieter and a have an okay view.”
vmaqezu, 15 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Beware of Eric the "guide"”
Komodosam36, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“"Big Dorm" was good”
744annas, 15 Jul 2016 | Read review
“En-suite if you are going to stay for a while”
mariusb69, 4 May 2016 | Read review
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