Coffee Bay Things to Do
Walk along the wild coast
Just go out and walk along the coast line. This is a truely beautiful part of South Africa, no need for elaborate plans, just go out and walk and enjoy the view!
Go see the hole in the wall
From our hotel (Ocian View Hotek ) you could hike to the hole in the wall, we chose to drive our sedan car. The road is gravel and full of putholes so you have to drive very carefully. The way to the hole is not indicated so you may want to ask along the way as you can't see it while driving. The sight itself is great.
Xhosa Village Tour
Our Xhosa Village tour lasted a whole day. Dawn who owns the Coffee Shack arranges these tours with young locals from the village.
The day was an amazing experience, we walked from Coffee Bay across green hills and farmland to this particular guys home in the Xhosa Village, we met his family and were invited into his home, we later came back and his sister had cooked us a traditional lunch of rice and beans.
We were shown the circumcision hut, then walked again across farmland to a sacred pond, and he explained all of the traditional events that go on here, we then caked our faces in healing mud and walked on. In another part of the village we met the local Sangoma, a sangoma is what the Zulu people call a witchdoctor. He did not speak English so our guide translated Xhosa to English. We were allowed to take photographs and go inside his hut.
From there we took a long walk over the hills to the villages "Shebeen". A shebeen is an illeigal bar, almost every township and village in South Africa has one, it was a small hut made as all Xhosa homes are from cow dung bricks - inside we sat on crates and tryed the local brew "Juba".
Juba tasted a lot like cider rather than beer and had the consistency of milk - very strange and definitely an acquired taste.
The Children up in the village were just beautiful and all waved shouting hello!
I will put a travelogue on here with just pictures to share of my visit to the village.
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Coffee Bay Nightlife
Mostly drinking. Coffee bay is a place to get pissed at night. Ok I'm sure I could have found something else to do but It seems you get caught up in it easy enough. Nothing like partying until four am and finding out it rained in the night, your tent leaked and your sleeping bag is wet. Auugh... I had to leave.Related to:
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Coffee Bay Warnings and Dangers
Tourism does not always have a positive effect, and this is quite obvious here in Coffee Bay.
Local teenagers have struck onto the backpacker means drugs thing quite quickly. Of course my statement is not always true, but they are not aware of that, and so will hang around outside of the hostel, when anyone comes out they will try and sell them drugs.
This happened to me so many times I lost count.
So, to sort this problem out, younger children are being encouraged to sing or do something for their money - help the people who are doing something for the good.
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