Coffee Bay Travel Blog› entry 229 of 254 › view all entries
The last few days have gone something like this:
We have usually been woken as the sun has come up with a family of monkeys playing on our roof. Then breakfast up at the main house with perfect views over the bay. Followed by long walks on the beach, picnic lunches and occasional toe-dipping in the sea (too cold for full body immersion). We had planned to go mountain biking to a local Xhosa village but this trip was cancelled. We also wanted to go on a visit to the local primary school - this was also cancelled due to the public worker strike including teachers, that is in full swing at the moment. So we made do with lots of walking and eating. The evening meals here have been fantastic - huge portions of delicious home cooked food - just what you need after three months of rice and noodles.
Today we moved on to the town of Mthatha, where we caught a shuttle bus to Coffee Bay. The whole journey was very interesting, passing through the rolling hills of the Transkei with its round thatched houses (rondavels). Abouth twenty kilometres before we reached Mthatha, we drove through the village of Qunu, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, and where he has now returned to live. Our driver pointed out his house by the side of the road. Even though it was a big house, it was still in the middle of the community - 50 yards from the small traditional houses across the road.
After a long shuttle ride we arrived in Coffee Bay and were shown our 'room' - a traditional rondavel with thatched roof - we have stayed in some interesting places but this gets the award for originality. It is a similar arrangement to the last hostel food wise. In the evening a meal is served which you can choose to have. Tonight for the huge sum of 2 pounds 50p we had rump steak, creamy vegetables and potatoes and Xhosa bread followed by banana bread and custard - for the 5th night in a row we were stuffed.