Coffee Bay & Surrounds

Wild Coast, South Africa

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The town is named after the hundreds of coffee trees which grew from beans either scattered by a shipwreck or by plunderers. The Mthatha River has its mouth near Coffee Bay.

It isn’t just a place, Coffee Bay is a way of life and a magic that’s simply unexplainable…and must be experienced. Coffee Bay (Afrikaans: Koffiebaai) is a small town situated on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is located about 250 kilometres south of the city of Durban and has a population of 258 people.

Here you can also find some of the best surf this country has to offer, and the freshest seafood most only dream of. Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure or some well needed R&R, Coffee Bay is the place to be. Walking through the streets of coffee bay you’ll meet some local Xhosas, plenty of livestock, and of course the local residents that came for a holiday and found themselves never leaving. Perhaps that’s what the magic of this place is all about, it engulfs you and although you may leave here, it will never leave you.

There are plenty of hiking trails for tourists, one in particular that comes to mind is the Hole in the Wall. The peacefulness of it all, and the breath taking views makes you pinch yourself to be sure it’s real. When land and water come together in the most unique ways you can’t help but stare and never want to stop.




Coffee Shack

Coffee Shack has everything you need for a comfortable holiday. The fun and festive Babalaza Bar has a free pool table and Tuesday night theme parties. Our restaurant has good value and tasty meals available all day. We have well equipped self-catering kitchens, braai (barbeque) facilities and fire wood.

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Wild Lubanzi

The Backpackers is 50% community owned - our staff are our extended family, all of them are directors of the company, and all of them make the place what it is. The Backpacker is nestled on one of the hills overlooking the beach, providing you with stunning sunrise views. It is surrounded by local village huts, people, livestock, laughter and the lovely hum of Xhosa village life.

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Mdumbi Backpackers

Mdumbi Backpackers is a community-driven incentive which strives to promote community involvement in sustainable eco-tourism. Mdumbi has a unique ownership model, with the local employees, the community association, and TransCape (Mdumbi's affiliated NPO) all holding shares in the business.

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Bulungula Lodge

The Bulungula Lodge is the realisation of a dream dreamt during years of travels through the most remote parts of Africa, China and South America: to create an eco-friendly backpackers lodge in the most beautiful place in South Africa, owned and managed by a vibrant, traditional community.

The lodge is situated in the most beautiful location of any lodge in South Africa - on the breathtaking Wild Coast.

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How Do I Book My Ticket?

To book your ticket, you must go HERE.

The Mzansi Experience offers a live booking environment to buy your tickets. It is important that you follow the correct steps to purchase your tickets, in order to be able to reserve your bus legs easily.

Buying your desired ticket is very simple. You simply go to our booking engine, select your desired ticket, provide your information required and then proceed to checkout or contact us for more information.

Our different ticket types

For your convenience, and to keep your travels within your budget, we have three different ticket types available:

Direct / Point-to-Point Ticket:

Simply book your ticket from one point to the next without hopping off in-between. Travel only within your current zone. Please note, compulsory overnight stops apply.

Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket:

Buy one ticket to travel one-way from your start to end point, with multiple stops in-between. Hop-on and hop-off at any point on this route. Or buy a return ticket to travel both ways. Please note, compulsory overnight stops apply.

Total Freedom with a Mzansi  Travel Pass

Travel in any format, in any direction and any part of  our route for the duration of your Mzansi Travel Pass. Options include 4 days, 7 days, 14 days and 21 days. Tickets are valid for the amount of days purchased after action (booking of first leg of your journey). Please note, compulsory overnight stops apply.