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Cape Camino is a walking pilgrimage route around the Cape Peninsula. It is inspired by the well-known Camino de Santiago, (the pilgrimage route in Europe) but is adapted for our South African conditions.
What is a Camino?
A Camino is a retreat. A time away from your normal routine, to use how you like from healing hearts and heartaches, spending time alone or challenging your physical ability. The experience is open to whatever it brings you.
Many pilgrims set off on their journey with no particular intention at all, and uncover thoughts, feelings and realisations about themselves, their relationships and their lives.
The route is hosted by diverse sacred spaces found in Cape Town and the route uncovers and showcases as many on the Cape Peninsula as possible. The route is a sacred route, which sets it apart from a hike or a tour.
The setting of the Cape Peninsula is spectacular. From the iconic Table Mountain to Cape Point along the Indian ocean coastline of False Bay, then back to the city along the Atlantic seaboard. Villages and suburbs nestle between mountain and sea. The terrain is diverse, and the route wends its way through neighbourhoods in a peri-urban setting. It includes the famous Groot Constantia winelands, as well as forests, national parks and our long white beaches.
The route is divided into seven legs, which can either be completed in one Camino or walkers can spread their Camino over several months. Local Capetonians, for example, take on the full route over a few weekends.
So pilgrims can choose to walk between one and seven days, or extend your Camino to take in Cape Town iconic sites including, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, and Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Guides are available to accompany you, keeping you safe, on the right path, and have a wealth of local knowledge of nature, culture and history. They will also leave you in peace, if walking alone is what you are after.
Local businesses, in particular small and micro business, offer services and goods to passing pilgrims. This creates an opportunity to meet the locals.
The route is rich with options suiting any traveler on Camino and packages can be tailor made to suit you.
- Walk a Camino in Africa
- Personal introspection
- Explore the Cape Peninsula on foot