Coffee Bay Accommodation and Information
The rustic town of Coffee Bay, near Hole in the Wall, is a popular Wild Coast destination, offering laid-back accommodation with an African vibe.
Regarded by many as the Wild Coast's "second town", Coffee Bay attracts visitors from all over and is especially popular with backpackers from abroad, who come to experience the alternative lifestyle and get a taste for rural South Africa.
Coffee Bay sits in magnificent surroundings at the mouth of the Nenga River (meaning river of the whale). The town looks out over a kilometre-long stretch of beach, backed by gentle hills and steep cliffs, crisscrossed by a network of trails that lead through nearby villages to secluded spots. Not only is the beach safe for swimming, but the area off the bay's southern point offers one of the few consistent surfing waves on the Wild Coast.
Three small rivers, the Nenga (river of the whale), Bomvu (red) and Maphuzi (place of pumpkins) reach the sea in the area of Coffee Bay. The locals also refer to it as Tshontini, the name of a dense wood there.
Coffee Bay is one of only two former Transkei towns to be serviced by a tarred road (the other being Port St Johns). Hole in the Wall is 10km away by road. Accommodation in Coffee Bay consists of two hotels, two backpackers, a caravan park / campsite and a few self-catering cottages.
It's not quite known where Coffee Bay got its name from, but general consensus is that the name comes from the wrecking of a ship there in 1863. The ship is said to have deposited its entire cargo of coffee beans on the beach. Some of the beans are said to have taken root, only to give up some years later.
Coffee Bay Map:
The map seen on the right is a basic sample. The fully detailed, GPS-compatible, waterproof map of the entire Wild Coast is widely available from bookshops and sports stores in most major centers, and many Wild Coast resorts.
The retail price is around R135 (around $10) and can be purchased on-line at www.slingsbymaps.com.
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