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Big 7 Camino

Cape Town City Centre

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  • From R 13,845.00 per person sharing.
  • Single supplement: + 50%

Waterfront Hotel

A Camino is a retreat.

A six day Cape Camino journey with access and opportunity to visit the iconic Big 7 sites around the Cape Peninsula: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, City Walk, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Groot Constantia and Cape Point.

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Summary Itinerary

  • Day 1 Exploring icons in the city
  • Day 2, 3, 4, 5 Cape Camino route
  • Day 6 Scenic drive along Atlantic seaboard

This itinerary is a guideline for how you can go about your Camino, with time and space given to visit the ‘must sees’ in Cape Town. We don’t include entrance tickets to attractions, other than Kirstenbosch Gardens, as you’ll need to enter the gardens to get to your accommodation. All other attractions are optional.

 

What’s on the route?

  • The Big 7 Attractions
  • Diverse Sacred Spaces found in South Africa: Khoisan, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hare Krishna, Afrikaans Calvinism, African Traditionalism, Sufism. The Quakers, the Rosicrucian’s and any other sacred way.
  • Micro business service providers. Meet the locals.
  • Exquisite terrain
  • Fauna and Flora
  • Other like-minded pilgrims

What’s included?

  • 5 day walking experience on Cape Camino route
  • 5 days guided, 1 day self guided
  • 7 nights guesthouse / backpacker sharing accommodation.
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (first and last night discover restaurants in the city)
  • Cape Camino Passport, Slingsby waterproof map, buff
  • Portage (only with guesthouse accommodation)
  • Private car with tour guide that will take you on a scenic drive from Simon’s Town via Cape Point and Atlantic Seaboard back to city accommodation.

What’s NOT included?

  • T-shirt
  • Lunches
  • Beverages
  • Spending money
  • Entrance into any attraction (except for Kirstenbosch)

These are all available at an extra cost.

Cape Camino Passport map and t-shirt

Day 0 – Getting started

We will deliver the following to your accommodation in the city the day before you start. Guesthouse accommodation included in the city.

  • Your Cape Camino passport
  • Your map
  • Your itinerary
  • Your buff

 

Day 1 City Exploration. A self guided route.

  • 8km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Guided Leg.

We suggest getting up and at it early so you can enjoy a full day of iconic site seeing. Take the early boat across to Robben Island and do a Robben Island Tour. Then enjoy shopping and lunch at the V&A Waterfront. Ride the Cableway up Table Mountain in the afternoon and be mesmerised by the views of the city bowl and ocean as far as the eye can see.

  • Dinner: For your own account, explore the wonderful restaurants in the city bowl.
  • Recommended by TripAdvisor.
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse Accommodation in the city. Cape Camino service provider.

Colours and Culture

Day 2 ‘Garden to Garden’ Company’s Garden to Kirstenbosch Gardens

  • 19km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Guided Leg.

The City Walk experience is the start of today’s Leg. Visit historical and cultural sites in the city centre, starting at the Company’s Garden. From here you walk up to the Lower Cableway which connects you with the contour path.

After the city, most of the route is along a footpath and gravel road, with some areas under canopied trees. Walk to the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens and spend the afternoon there, learning about the magnificent fauna and flora, walk the Boomslang walkway and sit for a while enjoying what the book shop has to offer.

  • Lunch: Pack your own / Kirstenbosch gardens restaurant, Moyo Restaurant or gardencafe.
  • Accommodation: nearby the gardens
  • Dinner: In house with local hosts / Order-in
  • Sacred Sites: Living grounds of the Khoisan, Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Big 7 iconic site: Kirstenbosch Gardens

Day 3 ‘Mountain Shade’ Kirstenbosch Gardens to Constantia

  • 18km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Guided Leg.

You’ll head up towards the boardwalk that took you down into the gardens the day before. Kirstenbosch gardens is very well maintained and they extend this care to the boardwalks that run along the mountain. The pathway is clearly marked and is met with several waterfalls along the way. The end of this leg can get hot, so we suggest you leave early to make it to Constantia by midday. Visit a charming little shrine on the Schoenstatt Estate.

Spend the day at Groot Constantia, wine tasting and walking around their beautiful grounds. There are also many historical sites to see on the wine farm so take the afternoon to enjoy all that Groot Constantia offers.

There are two restaurants on the property, Jonkershuis and Simon’s restaurant.

  • Lunch: Groot Constantia for your own account
  • Accommodation: ConstantiaDinner: Jonkershuis / Simon’s at Groot Constantia / order in
  • Sacred Sites: Living grounds of the Khoisan, Schoenstatt Shrine
  • Big 7 iconic site: Groot Constantia Wine Farm

Day 4 ‘Wine to Water’ Constantia to Muizenberg / Kalk Bay

  • 18km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Guided Leg.

Rich in diversity, this leg starts in the luscious Constantia Valley and wends it way to the bohemian town of Muizenberg or the bustling seaside town of Kalk Bay.

You’ll visit a Kramat on Klein Constantia Farm and meet local individuals who will tell you about their history, their communities and practices. You’ll pass Pollsmoor Prison where Nelson Mandela was transferred to in the 1980’s. You’ll also visit the community of Westlake where a local resident will escort you through the community.

This experience is often a highlight for pilgrims. A hidden Kramat lies at the bottom of the steps you’ll head down to reach the village of Muizenberg. We have lovely shared backpacker accommodation in Muizenberg. Just another 2,5km along a coastal walkway to Kalk Bay, where shopping and eating awaits you.

  • Lunch: Pack your own / Steenberg Village in Tokai / Blonde&Beard 10% off / Yoffi Falafel 10% off (both in Muizenberg) / Brass Bell in Kalk Bay.
  • Accommodation: Kalk bay
  • Dinner: Delivered to your guesthouse
  • Sacred Sites: Kramat, Levi’s Garden
  • Community: Community of Westlake
  • Big 7 attraction: Groot Constantia

Whales Tale

Day 5 ‘Whales Tale Labyrinth’ Muizenberg / Kalk Bay to Simon’s Town

  • 20km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Self Guided Leg.

The labyrinth route takes you into and through St James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, Glen Cairn and Simon’s Town. Sleepy and retiring St James is well known for the tidal pool enjoyed by locals every morning, even in winter. The route climbs Kalk Bay Nek, known as Trappies Kop and into the valley over the hill. This valley is residential and hosts a friendly golf course which makes an excellent stop for coffee and canteen type food, at great prices. After resting here the pilgrim turns back to the seaside into Fish Hoek and follows the coast to Glen Cairn.

At the Glen Cairn Rotary club, Koos Burger has built South Africa’s largest Fynbos Labyrinth which he shows to pilgrims with great pride and enthusiasm. Labyrinths are a Celtic Sacred symbol but are found worldwide in a number of different forms and locations.

The Pilgrim leaves the Labyrinth, and continues alongside the sea into Simon’s Town; an historical suburb rich with architecture and history evident along the main road. There are also many Islamic sacred sites in this small town, making it a great example of the diverse cultures living side by side on the peninsula.

  • Breakfast: Self catering in house
  • Lunch: Fish Hoek / Simon’s Town / pack your own. For your own account.
  • Accommodation: Simon’s Town
  • Dinner: Saveur Restaurant, Waterfront Wharf street.
  • Note: This route is slightly shorter and mostly flat, so take your time at the Labyrinth
  • Sacred Sites: Labyrinth

cape-buchu

Day 6 ‘Cape Buchu’ Simon’s Town to Scarborough

  • 25km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Self Guided Leg.

You are picked up at in Simon’s Town and taken back to the city centre on a lovely scenic drive via Cape Point, Scarborough, Chapman’s Peak and the Atlantic seaboard.

  • Breakfast: Saveur on harbour Included
  • Accommodation: City centre Included
  • Dinner: For your own account in the city
  • Sacred sites: Nooril Heritage Museum
  • Big 7 Attraction: Cape Point Optional and for your own account

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