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The Hole in the Wall

The Hole in the Wall (South Africa)

Practical information on The Hole in the Wall

  • Relaxation
  • Encounters with locals
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A half-day's walk from Coffee Bay
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of The Hole in the Wall

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

This geological curiosity is therefore a "hole in the wall", a pierced rock which dominated the ocean close to Coffee Bay in the Eastern Cape Province. The panoramic views in this region are wonderful and wild.

My suggestion:
Get a guide to take you there are the way can seem simple but there are multiple intersections and you can get lost easily.
My review

This walk is the most beautiful and the longest from Coffee Bay. I truly loved the views of the cliffs on the completely wild coastline, and I even saw some dolphins swimming offshore! You pass through typical Xhosa villages, you can chat to locals from which you can also buy fish and crayfish, which you must cook yourself on your return. It's a really beautiful walk. The rock in question is impressive and there is an echo. The Xhosas call it "Izi Khaleni", "the place of thunder".

A local legend about the Hole in the wall tells of a man of the sea people who saw a pretty girl sitting on a rock one day, admiring the sea. She was so beautiful that he fell desperately in love with her. The girl returned to her village, on the other side of the rock at the edge of a lagoon, to share with her father that she has met a man from the sea. But he forbade her from going out. Nevertheless, the young girl succeeded in escaping one night to find her beloved. He sent a giant fish to make a hole in the rock to allow access to the lagoon. The sea people arrived singing to the lagoon, the girl's lover was at the front. So he came to get his beloved and they went into the sea.

A Xhosa woman in front of the "hole in the wall"
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