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Coffee Shack Backpackers Lodge & Surf School

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Established in 2000, Coffee Shack is idyllically nestled on the beach where the Bomvu River meets the warm blue Indian Ocean. Coffee Shack has a reputation of being a fun, good-value Backpackers Lodge with excellent facilities and the most amazing, friendly local staff. The local Tshezi Community Trust has 30% share in Coffee Shack, and we are proudly accredited by Fair Trade Tourism (

We offer clean, safe, budget accommodation, and our bathroom facilities are excellent. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, there are traditional thatched huts (dorms, doubles and en-suite rooms) across the river.

Our kitchen serves up scrumptious breakfasts (& of course great coffees) and 2-course dinners at very reasonable prices (There’s always a vegetarian option). If you prefer to self-cater, we have two well-equipped guest kitchens and the festive “Babalaza Bar”.

We offer a variety of day trips every day, exploring the area and its cultures. Our specialties are social responsibility and surfing, you cannot beat our R70 for 2 hour surf lessons, or the 5 day Learn to Surf Package for only R3300, all inclusive. Our “Responsible Tourism” Package, immerses guests into the benefits and challenges of being a socially and environmentally responsible business and our journey to winning the WTM – Responsible Tourism 2017 awards – Africa.

Coffee Shack does cater for small to medium sized groups and can put together custom experiences and packages for interested groups.

On the beach, fun, friendly, budget accommodation, with excellent facilities, activities and day trips exploring our unique, rural, Wild Coast and its Xhosa culture. Our Surf school provides exceptional value for money and quality surf lessons for complete beginners and intermediate surfers. We are here to assist.

  • Camping sites
  • Daily day trips
  • Daily Shuttle to Mthatha to meet buses
  • Dormitories
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Festive Bar
  • free pool table
  • Free Sunday night Potjie
  • free sundowner excursions
  • Free Wifi
  • on the beach
  • Private rooms
  • Safe and secure parking
  • Self catering kitchens
  • Traditional Thatched Rondavals
Our daily “Day Trips” and sundowners show you perspectives and places that you would not usually get to see. Our “Surf Lessons” and packages never have more than 5 participants, include excellent equipment, and professional instruction by experienced surfers.

  • 5 Day Learn to Surf package
  • Daily day trips and activities
  • Daily surf lessons
  • Djembe drumming
  • Enjoy the hammocks
  • Free sundowners every evening
  • Great coffee
  • Hike to “Mpuzi Cliffs and Caves”
  • Hikes to “Hole in the Wall”
  • Traditional dinner and dancing on Fridays
  • Village "over-night" with family
  • Xhosa Cultural explorer hike

Contact Details

1 Coffee Shack Way, Coffee Bay, Wild Coast, 5082
-31.988825399357133, 29.147297395770238
+27 (0)47 5752048
Belinda Malherbe
Contact owner

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