Welcome to your detailed guide for Coffee Bay hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Coffee Bay, South Africa. Compare prices for Coffee Bay hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Coffee Bay, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Coffee Bay? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Coffee Bay alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Coffee Bay. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Coffee Bay. To help you make friends with Coffee Bay before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Legend has it that Coffee Bay got its name when a ship wrecked off the coast of this Eastern Cape town. Sailors tried to salvage the goods on board, but they couldn’t save everything, including a load of coffee beans. Over time, these beans drifted to shore where they planted themselves in the ground and grew into coffee trees. These coffee trees don’t exist anymore, but the name persists for this popular gem on the sea.
Coffee Bay is in the Eastern Cape Province on the Wild Coast, about halfway between Durban to the northeast and East London to the southwest. There are several transportation options if you don’t have your own car. From the nearest major town of Mthatha (formerly Umtata), there are the Baz Bus shuttles, minibuses, taxis, and sometimes you can arrange for your hostel to pick you up for a fee. As you drive into the Coffee Bay area, there are endless signs for guest houses, backpackers’ hostels, and campsites. Even though there are many options, it’s always a good idea to book in advance during the busy season around the holidays, from around November to February. During the off-season, though, you can get away with just showing up without a reservation.
The hostels in Coffee Bay offer a very relaxed vibe; most provide good food and a fireside ambiance. Many of them offer cheap group excursions or help you organize something on your own. Get a surf lesson or simply rent a board, hike through the luscious green hills, sit on the cliffs while watching the waves roll in, or spot dolphins and whales from the shore. The most popular day trip from Coffee Bay is to the Hole in the Wall, a three-hour hike of stunning sea views and waterfalls ending at a huge rock wall with a cave tunneling through it. You might also find a lodge or backpacker’s hostel near Hole in the Wall if you’d rather stay there. In the other direction, you can venture into bat caves near a great cliff-jumping spot. If you want to experience more of the Xhosa culture up close, your hostel can even help you arrange an overnight stay with a local family in the village.
Written by local enthusiast for Coffee Bay hostels Julie Sushii
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Coffee Bay. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Coffee Bay. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Coffee Bay and South Africa.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
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