One of my absolute travel highlights during 2017 is the fact that I finally got to visit the Hole in the Wall near Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast. It was somewhat of an embarrassment to be somebody promoting and marketing the Eastern Cape but having to say that I have never been there. It’s not the closest destination to where I live in Port Elizabeth though so it’s not like I could just pop up to go and see it. About two years ago I was in Coffee Bay en route to Durban and wanted to go, but circumstances led to me not being able to. It means that this time around there was no way I was going to miss it again. Non at all.
Coffee Bay is a good 6 1/2 hour drive from Port Elizabeth and knowing that I left PE early to give myself enough time to see one of South Africa’s iconic geological attractions. After checking in at the hotel in Coffee Bay and declining the invitation of gin and tonics from a few travel colleagues who had arrived already, I headed the 8 km or so down the coast towards Hole in the Wall. There are two options to view “the wall”. One from the hill above and the second from the rocky beach. I opted for the former first and followed the track up the hill. What a sight!
After taking in as much from the viewpoint as I could I headed down to the bottom. Rather than leaving my car at the normal parking spot and allowing myself to be harassed by the “informal guides”, I wangled my way into the grounds of the Hole in the Wall Hotel and after a chat to the GM made my way out the gate and along the path to find myself face to face with this Wild Coast icon. I literally felt like I could spend all day here and if I had brought a towel and lunch I may well have done just that. Finally I can tick one of the big things off my South African travel bucket list.