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Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay is an attractive Wild Coast town with a couple of friendly hotels, the odd backpackers hostel, fantastic surf and – not far away – the iconic hole in the wall. This unusual rock formation is a rocky island a few hundred metres offshore with a hole right through the middle. The tunnel is big enough to drive a ski boat through but only the foolishly brave would attempt to do so, as the sea crashes through there – hence the local name esiKhaleni, which means “place of noise”. Most people visit here for the marvellous scenery, the lovely beaches and the charm of the local people but there are some more active choices as well. You could do an abseil right over the sea, a scenic day canoe trip on the Umtata River or an escorted walk. And, of course, once you’ve worked up an appetite, you could munch your way through lots of lovely seafood.

Coffee Bay is about an hour’s drive from the N2 on a tarred, but unfenced, road, which branches off the N2 about 20km on the East London side of Umtata. The closest airport is at Umtata - with flights only to and from Johannesburg.

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