Found in the heart of South Africa’s Wild Coast, the small seaside village of Coffee Bay offers pristine swimming beaches, bars, excellent fishing and breathtaking scenery for walks along the area’s rugged coastline. Coffee Bay is the perfect destination for holiday-makers wanting to trade in city life for a laid-back beach experience in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. With the popular hole in the wall, which is excellent for bird watching, along with nature walks and hiking trails, this truly is the perfect beach for a relaxing holiday.
Hole in the Wall is an impressive natural rocky archway found just off the Wild Coast south of Coffee Bay in the Eastern Cape. This landmark was created millions of years ago through the restless action of waves against sandstone and shale. This area has some of the most rugged and magical landscapes and discovering the outdoors in its most natural form like this will leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated.
On the N2 between East London and Port Edward, there are a number of turn-offs to the Wild Coast. It’s a long and arduous drive to the Wild Coast from any of South Africa’s larger cities, so it’s worth considering flying to East London and hiring a vehicle there, or if you’re staying at a Wild Coast hotel, negotiate for them to pick you up there. The closest airports are at East London and Durban. From East London, follow the N2 and drive through Idutywa and then Qunu until you reach the turn-off on your right to Viedgesville at the Swalala bottle store. Follow the road, ignoring the first turn-off to Hole in the Wall. Drive on through Coffee Bay, until the road becomes gravel. Follow this along the coast, keeping left. After about 7 km or 8km, you’ll reach Hole in the Wall. The distance from East London is just over 200km, but the road from Umtata to Hole in the Wall in particular is bad. Set aside four hours for the drive. From Durban, the distance is around 400 km, and the turn to Viedgesville is just south of Mthatha (formerly Umtata).