Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay is probably one of South Africa's hidden paradises. Most people visit here for the marvellous scenery, the lovely beaches and the charm of the local people. Visitors can enjoy excellent fishing, surfing, swimming or some bird spotting. Guests can also abseil right over the sea, a scenic day canoe trip on the Umtata River or an escorted walk. And, of course, there is the pleasurable enjoyment of lots of lovely seafood.

The Coffee Shack
The Coffee Shack first welcomed guests on the 8th February 2000, after partners Dave Malherbe, Andre Malherbe and Dan Cornick, were given a lease to rent the main property. In April 2000, they also took over the ‘Beach Side’ property, across the stream. In 2003 the proprietor, Deryk Lang ceded his rights to the property to David, Andre & Dan. The partners also own Sugar Shack Backpackers in East London and Away with the Fairies Backpackers in Hogsback. Coffee Shack is managed by husband-and-wife, Dave and Belinda.

We were fortunate to have guidance and example of our former proprietor, the late Deryk Lang, who was instrumental in getting many of the schools and clinics built in the area, and contributed greatly to the improvement of the area and community at large. Following on from Deryk’s example, we have invested significant amounts into the local schools; built and manage a Montessori nursery school for 60 children, provide scholarships for high school and secondary education and support the local soccer and netball leagues.
Bulungula Lodge
Situated on one of the world's most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in the heart of a traditional Xhosa village, the eco-friendly Bulungula Lodge has been described as "spectacular" by the Lonely Planet and "one of the World's ultimate ethical travel experiences" by The Rough Guide. This Fair-trade lodge is co-owned by the local traditional community and loads of cool activities run daily.

Spend the night in one of the ten traditional thatch huts (doubles, triples and dorms) or in a safari tent (with beds, bedding and electric light) with beautiful views. There is a affordable restaurant with three delicious meals per day and a help-yourself bar. The entire lodge runs
on solar power and makes use of a range of innovative, sustainable technologies which protect our environment.

Activities running daily include: * horse-riding: 2 hour horse rides through the village and along the beach * canoeing: up the beautiful Xhora river * Woman Power: spend a day with the local women learning how to harvest and cook local food, make mud bricks, balance water on your
head and just having fun. * Herbalist Forest Tour: wander through the ancient forest with the traditional herbalist and learn about weird and wonderful remedies. * Massage * Village Tour: a walking social history tour of our friendly community. * Fishing: learn how to fish in the sea
with a local fisherman. All the above tours are owned and run by members of our local community - so all your money goes where it is most needed. We hope to see you here in paradise.

Friends Wild Coast Backpackers
Friends Wild Coast Backpackers is situated on the picturesque Bomvu River mouth, in Coffee Bay.

The backpackers celebrates diversity, you can mingle with the locals around the sunken fire circle, enjoy a wood fired pizza, or have a drink in the paradise bar. Stay in one of the dorm rooms, or treat yourself to en-suite accommodation. There are also campsites available
in the magical fairy garden. The abode also offers guests an indoor fireplace, laundry amenities and parking on the premises.

Numerous activities will lighten your spirit when staying at the backpackers, be it yoga or a game of table tennis, darts or a board game. Over the road, friends café offers home-made meals, freshly baked breads and cakes, fresh veg juices, shakes and smoothies while enjoying an epic ocean view. Attraction in the area for the adventurous include the Hole In The Wall and the Magwa Waterfall.
Sugerloaf Backpackers
Welcome to Sugarloaf backpackers, situated in the beautiful Coffee Bay at the heart of the Wild Coast.

Sugarloaf overlooks the Mnenga River mouth, opening on to Coffee Bay’s main beach just a short walk from our door. If you are looking for a traditional South African experience let us welcome you to our family and show you how to make the most of your time here, whether you are looking to surf the waves, hike the cliff tops or just chill out on the beach, we will make your experience as unforgettable as the Transkei. Join us in our brand new Tokoloshe bar for cocktail or traditional beer and watch the sunset around our fire pit to the sound of traditional drumming and local fire dancing while local caught crayfish cook on the braai. Our accommodation caters to all, including comfortable safari tents, dormitories and private en-suite huts.

Please note SMOKING DRAGON TRAVEL SHOP offers personalized service - if you can't find what you are looking for on the site please pop us an email or give us a call, we will try and tailor make your trip suit your needs.