Day 5: Mdumbi to Coffee Bay
The final day of the hike came around so much quicker than anticipated. We weren’t in a rush that morning because we knew Coffee Bay was basically just around the corner so we left fairly late.
the family’s puppies that we couldn’t stop playing with – on the left you can see the table we had our meals at
After the usual breakfast of porridge, bread and eggs, we took a few pictures with the family before leaving their wonderful home.
The landscapes were the usual beaches, rivers, jungles, hills and cliffs. Although it was a bit overcast, it was still beautiful as usual.
When we got into the villages, children ran up to us and ‘high-fived’ us with their thumbs, before taking our hands and walking along with us until their mothers called them back.
And soon enough we saw Coffee Bay!
Lloyd kept congratulating us, high-fiving us, and repeating the expression ‘Siyanqoba!’ which he translated as ‘we have won this thing!’, and said that we really were tougher than cookies. He was just the nicest guide.
Proud us in front of the sign that we took a picture with in Port St John’s as well. One of us was using the GPS on her phone and it said we walked about 80km instead of 60km… To be fair, we didn’t follow an exact trail but the GPS might also not always have been working, so who would even know. Either way, we were proud we managed the hike without any problems.
Here is a map showing where we had been so far, and also showing our onward travel to Bulungula
Upon our arrival in Coffee Bay, we headed straight to Coffee Shack Backpackers where we enjoyed a celebratory beer and lunch with Lloyd before he already had to leave us to head back to Port St John’s.
Our stay in Coffee Bay was going to be a super chilled one. We took much needed naps, enjoyed good food and a couple of drinks, sang karaoke and did yoga at the beach. Coffee Bay is just as easily accessible as Port St John’s, and well worth visiting.
RECAP OF THE HIKE
The hike is organised by Wild Side Hiking and can be done from Port St John’s to Coffee Bay or the other way round.
It is super easy to book it and find out more details by simply contacting Albert who is very friendly and always able to help.
The hike is 5 days, with four overnight stops in villages along the way, where you are invited to stay with a family in their home.
You get to experience Xhosa culture by learning the basics of their language, tasting their food, and visiting a sangoma (traditional healer) if you wish – or just in general interacting with people. Every hike will of course be different, so if you get lucky like us, you will get to talk to friendly strangers as well.
It is an experience of a life time as you get to see the less touristic side of South Africa, with untouched landscapes as well as remote and traditional villages. Although it is an ‘organised tour’, it remains authentic and allows you to get an experience you couldn’t get otherwise.
The hike itself is definitely doable for anyone. There are quite a few hills, but nothing you couldn’t do if you have a normal level of fitness. You’ve got a lot of time to complete the distance set for each day, which allows you to take it easy and take breaks if needed, or if you would just like to take in the moment.
I can’t stop repeating what a wonderful experience this was. Although I loved how unknown this hike was, I can’t keep myself from sharing it with everyone and keep urging people to look into it.
If you want to read about the entire hike, find all my posts here:
Or read about my first trip to the Wild C0ast here.