It’s Camino Closer

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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

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