Walk far in Na­maqua­land

go! - - Upfront | In Brief - – Suzaan Hall

When El­ize Kruger and Ina Vosloo – both from Hon­dek­lip Bay – hiked the Tankwa Camino in May last year, a dream was born: To cre­ate a sim­i­lar trail west of the N7 in Na­maqua­land. “I think the seed may al­ready have been planted when we were train­ing for the Tankwa,” says El­ize. “We just had to fi­nalise the best route.” The re­sult is the Na­maqua Camino – a 240 km hike that starts and ends in Hon­dek­lip Bay – which they cre­ated with part­ner Dud­ley Wes­sels. Hik­ers camp in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion ev­ery night, in places like Naries, Bethel­sklip, Var­swa­ter, Sout­fontein and Boul­der Bay. “It took a lot of plan­ning to get to this point and we’re ex­cited to share this beau­ti­ful re­gion with other hik­ers,” says Ina. Two Na­maqua Caminos will be held an­nu­ally – one in au­tumn and one in spring, when the weather is moder­ate.

When? 24 May – 3 June; 20 – 30 Septem­ber. Up to 45 peo­ple per hike. How fit do I need to be? You’ll hike be­tween 20 and 28 km per day. The trail is 240 km long over 10 days. The ter­rain re­quires you to be hik­ing fit. The or­gan­is­ers rec­om­mend that you start train­ing about two months be­fore­hand and in­clude a few long walks of 20 km or more. Gear? You only need to carry a day­pack. The rest of your gear will be trans­ported be­tween the overnight camps. Ac­com­mo­da­tion along the way? You’ll stay in ba­sic overnight camps and each hiker will re­ceive 5 litres of wa­ter for per­sonal use per day (not in­clud­ing drink­ing wa­ter – that will be sup­plied sep­a­rately). There are eco toi­lets at each camp and along the trail. Hik­ers need to pitch their own tents. Cost: R8 750 per per­son. In­cluded in the rate: Din­ner the night be­fore the hike kicks off; two-course din­ners on the trail; fresh bread and spreads to make your own lunch; cof­fee, tea and rusks for break­fast; cof­fee, tea and some­thing sweet upon ar­rival in each camp; all SANParks con­ser­va­tion fees; ac­com­mo­da­tion; trans­port of your lug­gage and camp­ing gear to the overnight camps. Not in­cluded: Ac­com­mo­da­tion in Hon­dek­lip Bay be­fore and af­ter the hike. Each hiker must also bring his or her own tent, sleep­ing bag and camp­ing chair. More info: 083 674 5045 (El­ize); na­maqua­camino.co.za

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