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Jan 10, 2014 - Transkei Hike; Port Edward - Coffee Bay, South Africa

I had the opportunity to take a trek down the Transkei coast with my good mate Raymond, and Brendan. After months of meticulous planning, studying maps, and stocking up on equipment, we set out for a 3 week hike/surf trip down the rugged and untamed Wildcoast of South Africa, from Port Edward to Coffee Bay. The sun was hot, the rivers were many, and the sharks were present. Unfortunately for Brendan, he pulled out in Port St. John's, but right on schedule, myself and Raymond pulled into Coffee Bay 3 weeks after our departure from Port...

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Feb 23, 2009 - The Xhosa tribe

Last stop on my way up through the wild east coast. very beautiful country here with lots of culture. The hostel is right along the river and beach and has one beach with cliffs and crashing waves with another more relaxing to swim and surf. There is a very big Xhosa village spread out along the rolling green hills and coast line. The hostel...where do I start. Well at first I thought it was very cool and rustic. As the time went on I realized, yea, not so nice. The people were not very friendly and not helpful at all. They advertised an...

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Jan 17, 2009 - Dangerous Times on Coffee Bay

We continued up the Wild Coast to Coffee Bay. To get there we had to backtrack to the N2, turn off the main highway and then follow another road back to the coast. This road was worse than the Chintsa road; the other drivers were dangerous, the potholes were large and abundant, and the livestock seemed to think that the road was their own. Pedestrians wandered the road, some trying to hitch a ride. We were relieved and tired when we finally reached the Coffee Shack backpackers. The countryside was very beautiful. The landscape is dominated...

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Nov 2, 2008 - Coffe Bay

We decided to sleep somewhere in the wild coast and i don't know how we came to the idea of coffe bay. The last 70Km were really bad, we took almost 2 hours and the car hadn't so much fuel. We were wondering if in coffe bay we would find a petrol station. It seems to be small and we haven't found one in the last 100Km!!! where are we?? ...

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Sep 28, 2008 - September Holiday Cont...

After yet another night at the bar :) Meredith had a mighty hangover so Alex and I, being boys had to go make it worse for her. We grabbed pots and pans, ran into her dorm every hour to start banging them in her ear. I think she appreciated it haha!! She didn’t rise until 1pm. Tonight there was a Xhorsa village evening and meal with traditional dancing and some local beer tasting. At Coffee Shack the 5th night is free so we took that offer up and it also happened to be Free Sunday night Potjie, this is a slow cooked meal in a cast iron...

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Sep 26, 2008 - September Holiday Cont...

Left Umzumbe around late lunch time (big mistake!) thought it would be an easy few hour drive down to Coffee Bay but soon found out that the only road to Coffee Bay was from an inland (100km) city Mthatha or Xhorsa spelling Umtata this city is known for its high crime rate so it had a lot of us worried when we had to stop to refuel the car just after the sun went down. Alex kindly pointed out that even all the Africans run everywhere so there’s less chance of them getting shot lol. This drive took us about 6-7hrs so we arrived in Coffee Bay...

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Aug 3, 2008 - Left Chintsa for Coffee Bay

We left Buccaneers with a heavy heart today as it is a really beautiful chilled out hostel (or village!) and the weather has been amazing. And it's winter man!!! We went up the coast to coffee bay and drove for 2 hours through loads of villages/hills/mountains with loads of terquoise painted shacks. It was really amazing and quite humbling to see how the Africans live in this part of the world. Bomvu was a cool hostel but very quiet and we have decided to take a detour on the way up to Jo'berg so we had to cut our stay to one night. Oh we...

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The A&E Adventure

Dec 28, 2007 - Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay - 27/28th Dec In the morning of the 27th, the Walkers who were picking up Sheila's mother from East London airport, dropped me at the Bazbus pickup point and I headed to my next stop....Coffee Bay. Lying in the heart of the Wild coast, Coffee bay is surrounded by rolling hills where three rivers flow through the valleys into the sea and the miles of white beaches are backed by cliffs. Life here is rural and living is simple...all you need is time and ear plugs if you choose to stay in the popular Bonvu Paradise resort, where I...

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Mar 12, 2007 - Why Coffee Bay, Transkei?

"It looks like Byron Bay must have, 50 years ago" a fellow Aussie commented last night as we watched the sun go down from a headland in front of our accommodation at "The Coffee Shack". (Byron Bay ia a mecca on the east coast backpacker's trail in Australia, overdeveloped but still popular, nevertheless.) Lonely Planet says "Coffee Bay is just a tiny hamlet but it's relaxed." and that was ten years ago when my edition was published. For here you really don't need the latest edition. It hasn't changed a bit and we wondered why? Today, the...

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