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Coffee Shack Backpackers

Hostelworld.comUS$26*
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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for one night while on a trip through the Wild Coast. We paid 400 RAND for a hut with a double bed, plugs in the room and a nice plateau above the bed for your phone and water bottle. Unlike some other places in the Wild Coast (like Lubanzi and Bulungula), Coffee Shack doesn't have rocket showers,...

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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 and glad to hear that you had a pleasant stay. Thank you for mentioning the R50 Surf Lessons, which usually happen morning and afternoon every day, ocean permitting. Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Coffee Shack was awesome!!! The little hoods were cute but also comfortable and clean, nothing to complain about!! We met many nice people from all over the world and spent some nice hours there with playing pool or talking and laughing about different topics! Breakfast and Dinner were traditional, very various and filling evry stomach up ;) location close to...

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

Hello Patrizia Thank you for taking the time to review Coffee Shack. It is great to hear that Coffee Shack was the “most wonderful stay of our trip through South African.” Safe travels and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Bordeaux, France
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Coffee Bay... Words are useless ahah ! I was at Coffee Shack, situated just in front of the beach, perfect place to stay, with a great staff, very interesting people ! We went on a traditional village, what an amazing night ! During the day, you can do surf, horse riding, explore the areas, or just chilling. Thank you for...

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

Salut Ambre Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack and glad to hear that you enjoyed our little paradise. Thanks for mentioning the Friday night traditional Xhosa village dinner, it really is such a great fun, unique cultural evening. Safe travels and hope to see you again soon. Cheers David and the Coffee Shack crew

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Interesting and vibrant backpackers, situated right on a river that leads into the ocean. Although my sister and I are not surfers, we enjoyed the stay. The shuttle from Mthatha was good, they have their own bus. The beds were very comfy and the huts/rooms well-maintained and cleaned daily. The bathrooms were simply stunning with big mirrors, hair dryers and...

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

Howzit Anna Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack Backpackers. It is great to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed the ladies bathrooms. Thanks for mentioning the free Sunday Night Dinner, many people do not realise that we offer a free (every)Sunday night potjie (Traditional South Africa Stew), to our guests. With...

Suffolk, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Although the drive down feels quite off road at the end, especially in a tiny car...this place is wonderful!! The staff are mostly friendly and helpful although a little terse at times. Free dinner on Sunday evening is awesome and the food the rest of the time is delicious! No real shops around so unless you bring food with you-...

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

Howzit Juliette Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and giving us such a great review, it is always our pleasure to have such very happy guests. With regards to the staff occasionally being “terse”, we all often forget that English is not the home language of 90% of our staff, and their lack of...

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Location is in an awkward place & the office & the accommodation with high steep are in separate premises & dinning hall back in the office premises. We were sharing the room with lovely people, unfortunately we were in a room close to the toilet & it was unpleasant because there is no ceiling separating our room & the toilet...

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

Howzit Chuman Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and it is always great to hear that you enjoyed our “amazing views"! Yes, the Kings House is up a steep hill, but the best views are from the top, I am sure you would agree. Thanks for bringing to our attention the lack of ceiling...

Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 5 May 2016

What an amazing experience - the beach, the people, the area and the relaxing. We stayed for 10 days in a chalet and wish we could stay longer. We enjoyed the outings and excursions. It is very safe and very secure. The food at Coffee Shack is top class and very affordable. We stayed for 10 nights and enjoyed the...

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

Howzit Marius Thank you very much for taking the time to review Coffee Shack, and it is always great to hear that our guests had "an amazing experience"! We just wish more of our guests could or planned to stay for 10 days. We highly recommend that our guests try to stay for at least 5 days and take advantage...

Robbinsdale, Minnesota
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This backpackers is everything a backpackers should be! When you arrive they give you a drink on the house, and there is free dinner on Sundays! The staff is so friendly and welcoming. They offer laundry services, food, and fun water activities. My friends took an amazing surfing lesson while I took pictures from the beach. The beach is s...

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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 an AMAZING time with us. Glad to hear that you enjoyed our surf lessons, we do recommend them! Safe travels and hope to see you again soon. Cheers David & the Coffee Shack crew

Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

I have never come across such rude staff during my past 3 months of travelling. The bar staff are friendly but the people on reception are so unapproachable and quite frankly, scary. I actually managed to have an entire conversation with a woman who had her back to me the entire time. I felt like everything I asked them was...

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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 give us feedback. I am really very sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience with the reception staff. Coffee Shack is generally known for having very friendly and helpful staff, so it is very disappointing to hear this. We will obviously look into...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 7 April 2016

Amazing Scenery, Helpful Staff... Absolutely do not miss this place when visiting South Africa or the wild coast. Careful in the rainy season for the roads, however they will make your adventure seem more worthy. awesome staff with awesome value.

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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 a great stay. Thanks for highlighting that you need to drive even more carefully down from the National road (N2) when it rains, and that it is always well worth the drive. Safe travels and we hope to see you...

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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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  • Public Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • 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 

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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: €21 - €23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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