Afrikaans name: Koffiebaai
The small village of Coffee Bay is situated on a stretch of beautiful coastline, known as the "Wild Coast", in the Eastern Cape province. The surrounding area is still very rural and the town itself only has a population of a few hundred people. The nearest town of any significance is Mthatha which is 95 km away.
The village is at the mouth of the Nenga River which means 'river of the whale'. Two other rivers, the Mapuzi and Mtata, flow into the sea nearby.
The name Coffee Bay comes from an incident in 1863 when a ship, laden with coffee beans, ran aground here. Somehow some beans reached the shoreline and the coffee plants grew naturally in the area for a few years.
Coffee Bay has a lot to offer visitors including great beaches, scenery, fishing, hiking, birding and more. A few kilometres south of Coffee Bay is the magnificent Hole in the Wall which is definitely worth a visit.
Above - Coffee Bay shop
Above - Coastline just south from Coffee Bay
References and further readingConollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 172
Getaway - Vol 30 No 06 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 53
go! - Issue 087 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 115
go! - Issue 089 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 146
go! - Issue 127 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 32
go! - Issue 136 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 50
On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 107
Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 173
Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 397
Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 96
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 212
The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 111
Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 41