Group Camino November 2018

  • R5,855.00R11,193.00 per person sharing.
  • Group Camino Friday 2 November- Thursday 8 November 2018
  • Bookings need to be made at least 21 days in advance.
  • The below itinerary is set for Option 2, the Inclusive Package.

Cape-Camino-Information

What’s on the route?

  • 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
  • Cape Town’s Big 7 Iconic sites.
  • Other like-minded pilgrims

Please note

  • 50% deposit must be made to secure booking.
  • Maximum of 22 walkers.
  • Bookings need to be made at least 21 days in advance.
  • Cancellation refunds only available 21 days prior to Camino.
  • The following itinerary is set for Option 2, the Inclusive Package.
  • Option 1, the Basic Package, will have different accommodation to the establishments listed below. Plus other items are not included.
  • See the ‘What’s Included’ section for each package.
  • All walkers will be on the same route and be given the opportunity to walk together, meeting at a set place each morning.
  • All accommodation is on the route.
  • If you’d prefer to begin each day on your own, that’s absolutely fine. We will have a WhatsApp group so you can notify the other pilgrims.

Cape Camino Passport map and t-shirt

1. Basic Package for R5,855.00 pp sharing

  • 7 day walking experience on the Cape Camino route
  • 4 days guided 3 days self guided
  • Cape Camino Passport, Slingsby waterproof map, Cape Camino buff/t-shirt
  • Entrance to Labyrinth
  • Transport over Chapman’s Peak
  • 6 night’s backpacker / homestay shared accommodation

What’s NOT Included

  • All meals, snacks along the route
  • Guesthouse accommodation, contributions to community members, beverages
  • Pick up/drop off
  • Portage (bag carry). These are all available at an extra cost.

Please note you are carrying everything yourself!

Book the basic package now – R5,855.00

  • Note that all accommodation is sharing.
  • Bookings need to be made at least 21 days in advance.
  • Cancellation refunds only available 21 days prior to Camino.
  • 50% deposit must be made to secure booking.

Cape Camino Passport map and t-shirt

2. Inclusive Package for R11,193.00 pp sharing

  • 7 day walking experience on the Cape Camino route
  • 4 days guided 3 days self guided
  • Cape Camino Passport, Slingsby waterproof map, Cape Camino buff/t-shirt
  • Entrance to Labyrinth
  • Transport over Chapman’s Peak
  • Portage (bag carry)
  • 3 night’s backpacker shared accommodation
  • 3 night’s guesthouse shared accommodation
  • 5 dinners, 4 breakfasts

What’s NOT Included

  • Some breakfast and dinners (see above), lunches, snacks along the route, contributions to community members, beverages, pick up/drop off. These are all available at an extra cost.

Note that all accommodation is sharing.

Book the inclusive package now – R11,193.00

  • Note that all accommodation is sharing.
  • Bookings need to be made at least 21 days in advance.
  • Cancellation refunds only available 21 days prior to Camino.
  • 50% deposit must be made to secure booking.

Day 1 ‘Wine to Water’ Constantia to Muizenberg  

  • 18km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Guided Leg
  • The following itinerary is set for Option 2, the Inclusive Package.

Rich in diversity, this leg starts in the luscious Constantia Valley and wends its way to the bohemian town of Muizenberg. You’ll visit the iconic Groot Constantia wine farm, 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.

  • Accommodation for your first night is similar to that of the albergues along the Camino de Santiago route, but not as many beds per room. You’ll be sleeping in dorm rooms of between 6 – 10 beds per room. Private rooms are available but you’ll need to arrange the upgrade yourself.
  • Dinner will be a family cook up in-house at the backpackers. A home-cooked meal will be delivered to the backpackers earlier that day and you’ll need to pop it in the oven. Some may want to help with food preparation and others with cleaning up.

Whales Tale

Day 2 ‘Whales Tale Labyrinth’ Muizenberg to Simon’s Town

  • 20km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Self Guided Leg.
  • The following itinerary is set for Option 2, the Inclusive Package.

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 TrappiesKop 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. You’ll walk on to 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.

  • Your accommodation will be at The Lord Nelson Inn, an old fashioned traveler’s Inn. Each individually decorated room is ensuite and shared between two pilgrims.
  • Dinner will be at the lovely Saveur Restaurant, a 3 minute walk from your accommodation. There will be a few pilgrim’s meals available for you to choose from, plus a glass of wine.

Set off the next morning after breakfast at The Lord Nelson Inn. There is no specific time to begin the route, walk at your pace or, walk with other.

cape-buchu

Day 3 ‘Cape Buchu’ Simon’s Town to Scarborough

  • 25km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Self Guided Leg.
  • The following itinerary is set for Option 2, the Inclusive Package.

After Simon’s Town, the landscape becomes rough and wild. The wind picks up and the seas throw boulders onto the sand. Penguins are on the beaches and baboons and buck are on the hill sides.

The indigenous flora is in full bloom around Cape Point as the walker sets off to cross to the Atlantic side of the peninsula heading to Scarborough. On this leg you will find Shamballah; a Buddhist Tea house, in contrast to the wild terrain, a peaceful space to rest.

Cape Buchu ends in Scarborough, a community of nature conservationists, more wild seas and giant black mussels. The locals accommodate the Cape Camino explorer in generosity and style. There is music and good food all week-end and Sunday evening, a fish braai. Winters and week days are more sleepy.

  • Accommodation will be a range of different home-stays in Scarborough village, or a shared house.
  • Dinner is for your own account and you’ve got a choice of self catering cooking (buy some produce at the Scarborough Hub), order in a meal from a local cook, or dine out at the local pub/restaurant, Camel Rock.

The next day is guided. Your guides will be at Camel Rock restaurant in the morning. One will set off at 7:30 am and the other will set off at 8:30 am. We advise you make use of these time slots, to get the most out of the route.

Lady Lighthouse

Day 4 ‘Lady Lighthouse’ Scarborough to Noordhoek

  • 18km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Guided Leg.
  • The following itinerary is set for Option 2, the Inclusive Package.

Today’s leg runs mostly along the icy Atlantic ocean. Scarborough into Misty Cliffs is quiet and peaceful. At Misty Cliffs you’ll head down onto the beach and walk along boulders to get off the road. Theres something eerie about Misty Cliffs, with empty houses and crushing seas.

Witsand beach will take you to Soetwater Resort, a seaside campsite which bustles in the weekends but is desolate during the week. The were many Khoi settlements on the sunny Atlantic coast. Your guide will share information on their traditional way of being.

Kommetjie Lighthouse is the half way mark and offers restful spots to enjoy lunch or a break, before setting off for the last 7km stretch of all beach walking. Look out for the Noordhoek shipwreck on the beach.

  • Accommodation will be at Monkey Valley in Noordhoek, a beautiful shared lodge close to the beach and with wonderful views.
  • Dinner will be in-house at Monkey Valley with a range of pilgrims meals to choose from.

Tomorrow’s route begins with transport over Chapman’s Peak early in the morning and then the most challenging of all the legs, the Atlantic Heights Leg.

Day 5 Day 5 ‘Atlantic Heights’ Chapman’s Peak Drive – Constantia Nek

  • 16km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Guided Leg.
  • The following itinerary is set for Option 2, the Inclusive Package.

Pilgrims consider the Atlantic Heights route to be the most challenging of all the Cape Camino legs. The route wends its way from the bottom of Chapman’s Peak drive up to spectacular view points of Hout Bay.

The path is mostly single track, through fields of different shades of fynbos that shimmer in the sunlight. Few walkers know about this trail which makes it somewhat special for Cape Camino pilgrims. After your initial winding incline, the rest of the route is mostly flat with enormous granite boulders that offer perfect picnic spots.

After your decent you’ll arrive at the Constantia Nek intersection which connects two Camino legs.

  • Accommodation will be at a guesthouse in Constantia. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable after a strenuous route.
  • You’ll be spoilt tonight with a big delicious dinner that will be cooked for you at your accommodation.
  • A Self catering breakfast will also be provided the next morning.

Day 6 ‘Mountain Shade’ Constantia to Rhodes Memorial

  • 18km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Guided Leg.
  • The following itinerary is set for Option 2, the Inclusive Package.

Mostly set along gravel roads, boardwalks and footpaths, the Mountain Shade leg can be very hot in the summer months, but only during the beginning of the route.

As soon as you reach Kirstenbosch Gardens (about 2,5 hours in to the leg) you’ll be surrounded by enormous trees that cast their shadows over the path, creating a very pleasant coolth, no matter what time of year.

From here on the route has abundant waterfalls with fresh Table Mountain water flowing rapidly down the mountain. These water points are perfect for a refill.

You’ll leave the shaded forest at Newlands Forest exit and make your way through the pristine neighbourhood of Newlands until reaching your accommodation. Newlands is famous for its cricket stadium, rugby pubs and family outings.

  • Accommodation will be at Newlands Guesthouse. The establishment is very comfortable and has a swimming pool and bed lounges for a relaxing afternoon.
  • Dinner is for your own account and we suggest making your way down to Dean Street to one of the restaurants, or ordering in. We’ll supply some restaurant names.
  • Sacred Sites: Living grounds of the Khoisan, Schoenstatt Shrine

Colours and Culture

Day 7 ‘Colours and Culture’ Rhodes Memorial to Table Mountain

  • 16km
  • Cape Camino Leg: A Guided Leg.
  • The following itinerary is set for Option 2, the Inclusive Package.

From your accommodation you’ll pass the famous University of Cape Town and reach your starting point, Rhodes Memorial, which was built in 1912 by the renowned architect, Sir Herbet Baker.

From Rhodes Memorial you’ll head up a steep section on a wooded walkway until you reach the contour path which takes you round to the front of Table Mountain.

Expect magnificent views of the Cape Town city bowl, the V&A Waterfront and Robben Island.

This leg ends at the cableway of Table Mountain where our team will be waiting for you with your certificate of completion.

  • After you’ve collected your certificate and had a few pictures taken (if you like), enjoy a ride up the cableway or make your way down to the city. Explore the city sites on the City Walk or enjoy a delicious meal at one of Cape Town’s popular restaurants.
  • You need to arrange your own transport home.
  • Its time now to put your feet up and think back on your wonderful past seven days.
Group Camino

A seven day Camino set around the Cape peninsula.

The route is a sacred route, which sets it apart from a hiking trail, and it is hosted by our diverse sacred sites found in South Africa.

The natural setting will thrill any nature lover. Views of the city below, the mountain above and the canopied footpath ahead, are familiar scenes along the route. And of course the coast line with its own wealth of living beauty. This is your experience and the journey is up to you!

A big part to every Camino is the unique and interesting people you meet along the way. Joining a group gives you an opportunity to walk your own way, at your own pace, within a group of other individuals who share a similar way of being.