Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Coffee Bay in the Eastern Cape.

Coffee Bay is one of South Africa's hidden gems. It is believed that the named Coffee Bay developed in 1893, when a ship full of coffee beans ran aground. The ship spilled its cargo of coffee beans on shore, and took root there. Today the area is totally devoid of coffee beans.

Coffee Bay offers numerous attractions, including a friendly hotel, 2 backpacker's hostels, excellent surfing conditions and the iconic 'Hole in the Wall'. The Hole in the Wall is an unusual rock formation with a giant hole right through the middle.

This tunnel is big enough to drive a ski boat through, but only the foolishly brave would attempt such a feat, as the sea crashes through here. It is for this reason that the locals refer to it as esiKhaleni, meaning 'place of noise'.

Most people visit due to the breathtaking scenery, the pristine beaches and the charm and hospitality of the local people. For the more active, enjoy excellent fishing, surfing, swimming and a spot of bird watching.

Other exciting options include abseiling over the sea, a scenic canoe trip on the Umtata River, or an escorted walk through the area. And, of course, there is the spectacular seafood.

Coffee Bay is situated about an hour's drive from the N2 on a tarred road. This road branches off the N2 about 20 kilometres on the East London side of Umtata. The closest airport is at Umtata, with flights only to and from Johannesburg.

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