November 20, 2014

South Africa: Coffee Bay

{ Coffee Bay }
The Baz Bus dropped a group of us off in Mthatha and a Coffee Bay shuttle picked us up and drove us 1.5 hours to the ocean. The shuttle was a fun group of people who were all staying at Coffee Shack. I unfortunately was staying at Sugarloaf Backpackers. Huge mistake. I was one of four German guests and a handful of old construction men who had been there for months. Since I arrived after dark and the atmosphere was not ideal I went to bed at 7pm and read my book. I knew something had to change. I could not spend another night in the rundown hostel. I woke up and walked down to Coffee Shack and checked into a dorm room. Thank god! There were lots of fun people and the Hole in the Wall hike was leaving at 10am. My day was saved. 

I wanted to hike along the wild coast to the Hole in the Wall since I started researching South Africa. The travel gods were on my side because Coffee Shack only offers the hike twice a week, Saturday and Wednesday. So I seriously lucked out. A large group from the hostel met and we took off along a dirt path that winded along the coast of the Indian Ocean. It was unbelievably beautiful three hour hike. The waves crashing on the shore reminded me of our summer kayak trip - I felt right at home. 

{ Yoga with a view of the Indian Ocean }
{ Lise, me and Audrey }
I met Lise from the Netherlands on the hike and we spent the afternoon doing yoga on the lawn overlooking the ocean. Our South African yoga instructor had just spent time in India at a yoga retreat and the Coffee Shack was his first yoga gig. It was one of the best yoga hours ever. I mean look at the view (^^). That night a group of local girls came to perform at Coffee Shack. African dancing will never get old but I personally loved the background drumming music. I wish I could have stayed longer at Coffee Shack, I loved it. 

P.S. Audrey, Lise and I tried to enjoy the view and this is what happened (^^). Five women surrounded Audrey and before she knew it she had over thirty bracelets and anklets on. That is Africa for you. 

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