The small town of Coffee Bay is situated on the Wild Coast in the Transkei, South Africa. It is deep rural and traditional Xhosa country. The surrounding countryside is spotted with traditional 'rondavels' (round shaped huts). But for St Port St Johns, Coffee Bay is the only town on the Wild Coast that can be reached by tarred road.
Coffee Bay was named after a ship that had lost its cargo of coffee beans when it was shipwrecked on the coast nearby. The story goes that these beans that washed up on the shore, germinated and grew. The coffee plants are no longer there, but the name remained!
The beach at Coffee Bay offers a kilometre stretch ideal for swimming with good surfing waves. Beautiful cowries are frequently found washed up on the beach.
The main attraction at Coffee Bay is Hole-in-the-Wall, about 8 km from there. The “wall” is an offshore stack of rock through which the elements eroded a hole. The hole is directly opposite the Mpako River which probably contributed to the erosion of the hole.
The German-guided version of our tour that covers the highlights of South Africa (link to English tour provided as well). It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. The southbound tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , Transkei , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Paarl , Cape Town .
Hole-in-the-Wall is a natural phenomenon on the Wild Coast of the Transkei, South Africa. It is 8 Km from the small town of Coffee Bay. Coffee Bay and Port St Johns are the only towns that can be be reached by tarred road from the National Road (N2).
While the former Apartheid homeland called 'Transkei does not exist anymore the region is still known by that name. The small village of Qumbu has the claim to fame of being the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. The Wild Coast is the region's biggest attraction, although accommodation facilities for tourism are very limited.
The Wild Coast covers the north-eastern coastline of the Eastern Cape province and is part of the former homeland of Transkei. It is indeed quite "wild" with little infrastructure and almost no commercial development. This is the region's greatest attraction as well as its greatest drawback. Facilities for tourism is limited.