Another two-day pilgrimage on foot, organised by Cape Camino in partnership with StreetSmart SA, will take place on 28 and 29 September 2019 to raise funds for StreetSmart activities.
In its fifth and final year, participating Cape Camino pilgrims will have the chance to traverse the eastern side of the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town, starting at Rhodes Memorial and ending in Muizenberg. The route will feature the Mountain Shade leg on day one and Wine to Water leg on day two.
This year, StreetSmart SA has appealed to those who sign up for the journey to become a #PilgrimWithaPurpose. This comes off the back of a successful fundraising campaign of the same name started by StreetSmart chairman, Melanie Burke, when she walked 125km on the epic Spanish Camino Francés route in June to raise funds for StreetSmart. Her tenacious spirit and courage was most admirable, as she captured the hearts of many who followed her on social media.
Every year, Cape Camino, a community owned initiative that creates employment and injects money into local communities that line the Camino route, partners with StreetSmart SA to generate awareness around the plight of street children in South Africa, and to financially support the important work carried out by StreetSmart beneficiaries.
What can you expect on this year’s route?
Day 1, Saturday, 28 September: The 16km Mountain Shade leg
The starting point of this Camino is at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant, located just above the University of Cape Town. A welcome coffee will await you at 8 am.
This route will take you through the magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens - along footpaths and under canopied trees, with stunning views of the southern suburbs. You will have the opportunity to picnic on the way, so consider packing a basket for goodies to share.
The final stretch for the first day will feature a walk through Cecilia Forest and into the suburbs of Constantia, where all pilgrims will retire for the day at the Little Orchard B & B in Constantia.
In the evening, replenish your energy reserves by dining out at one of the StreetSmart SA or Camino partners in the area, or order-in from local food delivery services.
Day 2, Sunday, 29 September: The 20km Wine to Water Leg
After breakfast, pilgrims will embark on the Wine to Water leg.
After covering a few more kilometers through the Constantia suburbs, you will arrive at the Schoenstatt Shrine. You are encouraged to light a candle in the shrine, while setting your intentions for the day.
En route to the Groot Constantia wine farm, and a Kramat sacred space on the Klein Constantia wine farm, you will trek through forests, greenbelts, fynbos thickets and the community of Westlake.
There will be time to purchase refreshments towards the end of the leg.
We recommend you pack some snacks to nibble on during the morning. We then suggest you have lunch at the Steenberg Village, which is about three-quarters of the way from the end. Or, wait until you reach the seaside town of Muizenberg for a feast of fish and chips or other lunches.
The final destination is Muizenberg beach, the perfect spot to rest, swim, or enjoy a drink overlooking the ocean. Transport to and from the start and finish is up to you.
The organisers have emphasised that participants need not be athletes to successfully complete this Camino. Pilgrims are encouraged to walk at their own pace. The difficultly level for both days is rated a manageable 6 out of 10.
What's included: Camino chaperones to guide you for the two days, one night of guesthouse accommodation, breakfast, porterage (bag carry), a Camino Passport, an online directory and a t-shirt.
Cost: R1850,00 per person sharing
Book for your spot now for the StreetSmart SA - Camino here: www.capecamino.co.za/online-store-levzz/StreetSmart-SA-Camino-p138584127
For more information, visit: www.capecamino.co.za