The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Hole in the Wall

Afrikaans name: Gat-in-die-muur

Hole in the Wall near Coffee Bay

Hole in the Wall

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Eastern Cape

About 9 km south of Coffee Bay is the stunning geographical feature known as Hole in the Wall.

Over the millenia the waves from the Indian Ocean have worn a tunnel through the cliffs that form an 'island' just off the beach. The sandstone and shale cliff is actually a tidal island as it is accessible at low tide.

The local name for Hole in the Wall is eiKhaleni which means 'the place of the sound' as, at times, the waves make a rumbling sound as they pass through the large hole.

The area around Hole in the Wall is known for its beautiful unspoilt beaches.

Hole in the Wall near Coffee Bay

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Been there. What was Hole in the Wall like.

References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 111

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 212

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 398

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 176

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 204

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 108

go! - Issue 084 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 18

go! - Issue 127 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 32

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 81

Getaway - Vol 28 No 10 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 84


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