Coffee Bay is one of South Africa’s most popular backpacking getaway destinations. It is a small community located along the Wild Coast and is known for its breathtaking views and beaches. Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure or some well needed R&R, Coffee Bay is the place to be. Here’s our picks on the top 3 things to do when you’re in this beautiful town.
Take a scenic hike to the Hole in the wall
Characterised by swathes of sandy beaches criss-crossed by estuaries and mangrove swamps, majestic cliffs and grassy hilltops - this guided and portaged trail offers a new dimension to coastal hiking. Hole in The Wall is a spectacular natural feature carved out of a huge mass of rock by millions of years of pounding waves. Enjoy the beach before having a dip in one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. If conditions are right, the brave can attempt an adrenalin-pumping, wave-assisted jump into the hole. The trip ends with a bone-rattling 4x4 ride back to the Shack.
Coffee Bay Beach
The Coffee Bay Beach extends from the Nenga River Mouth and is set against the backdrop of black-faced cliffs, white sand, and jade hills and mountains. The coastline is fantastic for day walks, hiking and horse-riding trips. One of the most popular trails takes hikers to the spectacular ‘Hole in the Wall’ offshore rock stack.
Hike the Mapuzi Caves
The Mapuzi Cliffs and Caves are considered a gem of the Wild Coast that you shouldn’t miss. It is a great full or half-day hike, only 2.5kms away its perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time to spare. You travel along goat paths making your way to where the cliffs meet the ocean. Beautiful scenery all along the ups and downs of hills, ducking under trees in hidden forests, natural warm cave pools, and mind-blowing cliff jumps right into the ocean. This untouched area of the Wild Coast is perfect for all ages and interests.
The town of Coffee Bay may be small, but it has a huge personality. The people who reside here are friendly and full of life. There is an old-world charm about this quiet town with architecture and history to boot!
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