It’s Camino Closer
Inspired by the Camino de Santiago – the long-distance pilgrimage across northern Spain – the Cape Camino around
the Peninsula is equally enthralling
ight falls through the trees of the tranquil gardens at Schoenstatt Retreat in Groot Constantia, where we’re gathered for the start of the Cape Camino. Despite living in Cape Town
I’ve ventured into this Roman Catholic chapel. Some pilgrims light candles, others wander around the grounds, much to the annoyance of the Egyptian Geese.
“The Cape Camino is inspired by the Camino de Santiago [Way of St James], which my daughter Peggy CoetzeeAndrew and I walked in 2011,” explains founder Gabrielle Andrew. “Our local version takes in the diversity of Cape Town’s sacred sites and natural wonders.” After two and a half years of research,
¿ around the Cape Peninsula, which takes in the City of Cape Town and Cape Point and, by crossing over the Peninsula twice at Constantia Nek, forms the shape of the ¿
The full Cape Camino route is about 160km long (the Camino de Santiago is about 600km) but it’s designed to be walked in seven sections, or legs, of about 16-25km. Our walk, a fundraising event for StreetSmart SA (a charity that supports the rehabilitation of Cape Town street children), comprises two consecutive legs – Wine to Water from Constantia Nek to
¿ in Simon’s Town.
As we wait for everyone to assemble we study the maps. They show the route for each daily leg, with a fact box of useful