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About Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay is situated on the Wild Coast in South Africa. Coffee Bay budget travel is ideal for surfers and hikers, offering a wealth of attractions. • Hole-in-the-Wall • Hiking • Surfing spots • Transkei trips run by the Coffee Shack • Silaka Nature Reserve • Beaches


Coffee Bay airports include the following:
•East London Airport


Coffee Bay birdlife includes a range of coastal and wetlands species, including the rare Cape vulture, plus the shy mangrove kingfisher, paradise flycatchers, trumpeter hornbills and marina trogons.


Coffee Bay conservation includes a number of projects from fire prevention to community development, beach preservation, habitat protection and pollution prevention.


Coffee Bay is a malaria free zone, so you will not have to worry about malaria medication, unless you are planning to travel to a malaria zone in South Africa or to a known malaria zone country in Africa. If you are travelling to a malaria zone after your visit to Coffee Bay, talk to a local doctor about malaria medication you will need to take.


Coffee Bay money and banking information includes:
•Banks in nearby East London are open Monday to Friday from 9h00, 15h00, and Saturdays from 8h30-11h30
•ATMs can be found across East London, especially within malls or shopping areas
•Online banking can be done at some lodges
•Foreign exchange facilities are available at local malls, airport, hotels and banks
•Credit and debit cards are widely accepted at almost all hotels and camps, but not at fuel stations


With a wealth of Coffee Bay plant life including Milkwood trees, indigenous coastal forest, mangrove swamps, saltmarshes and coastal grasslands, this area is green and densely covered.

Safety Tips

•Coffee Bay is generally very safe to visit
•Roads can be bad during rainy season, especially dirt roads
•Only licensed divers may scuba dive - there are a number of dive schools in the area however
•Take care when swimming in the area, currents can be strong
•Just to be on the safe side, it is best to stay off the beaches after dark, especially for lone women travelers

Travel Books

Coffee Bay recommended travel books include the following:
•Surfing South Africa: Swells, Spots and Surf African Culture by Steve Pike
•Fodor's South Africa by Fodor's
•Wild Seas, Secret Shores of Africa by Thomas Peschak
•South Africa by Gerald and Marc Hoberman
•Great African Adventures: A Guide to the Mother Continent's Ultimate Outdoor Adventures by Jacques Marais


Coffee Bay wildlife includes Cape clawless Otter, dolphins and whales as well as eland, blesbok, buffalo, hartebeest, warthog, blue and grey duiker and bushbuck.


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