Photo: Neels Jackson

Walking the Camino de Santiago is on many people’s bucket list. After Frederick Marais walked the epic route, he dreamt of starting one in South Africa and, in 2014, he and a few volunteers embarked on the first pilgrimage from Robertson through the Overberg to Agulhas at Africa’s southern tip. Pilgrims can now also start in Stellenbosch and they do not have to be particularly fit for the 14-day route, as long as they can comfortably walk 20km per day. The route will take you to some of the most beautiful and historical areas in our country, but it is also an inner journey.

With just a few necessary items in your backpack and the road ahead, everything is simple and you have time to think anew about life. Individuals and groups who would like to do this pilgrimage are advised to first purchase Pilgrimage of Hope (Pelgrimstog van Hoop), a complete guide containing everything you need to know, from a day-to-day route description and spiritual disciplines that can be practised on the route to contact details for accommodation and places to eat. You can plan your own pilgrimage or join one by visiting to find available spots in other groups.


The guide costs R150 plus postage and is also available in electronic format. Email or call 021 808 3382.



Photo: Neels Jackson