Coffee Bay is quiet possibly the most beautiful spot along the entire South African Coastline. It welcomes thousands of international tourists each year who come to experience rural Africa and a sense of peace, tranquillity and freedom!

Coffee Bay offers visitors beautiful indigenous flora and fauna, diverse wildlife, rolling hills dotted with rondavels, and plenty of smiling faces and friendly locals. The beaches are simply nothing less than perfect – beautiful, unspoilt, secluded and safe for swimming! Coffee Bay is also well known for being a consistent spot for good surf. the surrounding area is peppered with rugged cliffs and scenic views that make hiking a tourist favourite.

The area is synonymous with the Hole in the Wall and you cannot describe the area without including this incredible phenomenon, just as you cannot visit Coffee Bay without visiting this coastal landmark. Come prepared with a 4x4, hiking boots and your swimming costume as you will need all three to enjoy this magnificent holiday destination.

The small town boasts a trading store, basic camping sites, backpacker lodges and one hotel, the rest of the rolling hills belong to a few huts and livestock, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and goats. Coffee Bay is a unique destination and remarkable in its own way – a must for any nature lovers bucket list!

Places to Visit

Things to do and see


Coffee Bay receives approximately 871 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 18˚C and 27˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 21˚C.


There are daily flights into East London Airport, 288 km away via the N2. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.


The small town of Coffee Bay was named after a shipwreck that lost its cargo of coffee beans off the coast. Locals tell us that some of these beans took root and began growing into baby coffee bean trees but, alas, the conditions were not suitable, and they did not survive. Although there are none of these trees left, the name has since stuck.

Mthatha, the region’s biggest town, is 80 kms away and is the turn off point for Coffee Bay, which is the only coastal resort, other than Port St. Johns, to have a tarred road from the N2 all the way to its’ doorstep.