This is most pilgrims first question. This is what we have put in place:
A Camino is by definition a way to take back our spaces from any unwanted elements. It is a way that the broader society can feel free to be outside, in nature and left to enjoy their experiences. The broader community knows this and have a protective attitude to those on Camino, and support and care for our visiting Pilgrims. Make this status clear with your bag tag and any other Camino signatures such as a Cape Camino T shirt.
Any package that you take we designate you a local chaperone. These individuals are from the communities that are hosting you, and are very familiar with the comings and goings of local life. They are trained to leave you alone if you are wanting a reflective experience or answer any questions that you may have when asked.
If you are planning your own Camino chaperones names and numbers are available on the directory.
The people of Cape Town have reached a nil tolerance attitude to the crime we have been experiencing and civil groups have organised themselves to protect walkers.
Please contact these group and inform them of your times and route:
A Camino is not a hike. We stick with per urban routes. If you do walk into the mountainous areas we recommend you take a local guide.
Your attitude: Be careful but try not to be fear filled. If you do not trust a route then don’t go down it . Walk with the Spirit of Camino; curious, respectful and open minded. All journeys have purpose, challenges and triumphs. Be mindful of yours. . It is always a good idea, generally, not to flaunt wealth in public spaces so be sensible and walk with confidence.
In the 5 years we have been operating we have never had a single incident.
Can children walk the Cape Camino?
Yes, but they need to be supervised. We suggest a minimum age of 12.
Pilgrims can adapt distances to suit their kid’s fitness and age. Full Legs can be broken up into two parts.
We can tailor-make packages to suit families with children. Or, include a transport service for children and the baby-sitter to accommodation/lunch spots each day. Contact us about your family participating in Cape Camino.
How do I access my Experience Kit?
Once you have purchased an Experience Kit or Package you will be sent an order number. Use this order number when signing up to the Pilgrims Access Only Area. Our team will grant access and you then need to follow the 5 Step Process to access your Experience Kit.
What are the 5 Steps for the Experience Kit?
Inspiration. To get you thinking all things Camino.
Plan your route. Choose your Way.
Download your Directory to plan your stops and make bookings.
Download the Maps for locations and the App instructions for MapMyWalk.
Connect with other pilgrims on the Forum.
Then, when you get to Cape Town you’ll pick up your full Kit in a waterproof case which includes: Your passport, Directory, Map locations, Slingsby Map, bag tag, buff and wine tasting voucher.
Where do I leave my car?
We suggest getting dropped off at the start point of Your Camino by either a transport service, a friend or another pilgrim. If you have to take a car you will need to decide where the best place is to leave it.
A suggestion is in Schoenstatt Avenue in Constantia. This is a quiet road and friendly suburb.
Another suggestion is park it outside a friend's house and ask them to check on it for you.
To get back to your car we suggest Uber or one of our transport services in the Directory.
What about laundry?
Speak to your accommodation establishments about laundry, most of them have this service available.
How do I walk the Cape Camino?
1. Create your own adventure:
Our Cape Camino Experience Kit contains:
· A passport to collect your stamps and other mementos on Camino
· A directory; of sacred sites, stamp points and all the service providers who host you on the route. Establishments offering accommodation, food, coffee, transport, guiding, yoga, massage and anything else you may need on Camino are all listed. The businesses offer discounts to those with passports.
· A packing list
· Two maps, One of particular areas that are more difficult to navigate and the other a Slingsbys map of the whole peninsular. The Cape Camino route is marked on the map.
· A MapMyWalk App. This has been mapped in great detail and there is a short video to assist you download the app onto your phone.
· A Cape Camino bag tag.
· A Cape Camino buff.
A Groot Constantia wine tasting voucher.
Purchase your Cape Camino Experience Kit online. Unpack all the items and have fun planning your route and your stops. Those traveling in season would be wise to book, but otherwise local accommodation is easy to find and well-priced. Use the packing list to know what to pack, wear your buff, attach your bag tag and off you go.
‘Video’ to be made Monday 11 Feb.
This is the true Spirit of Camino; open to the unexpected and looking forward to the adventures. We would appreciate feedback in all, and any forms: We have a Camino Forum to invite others on Camino with you, to share pics and experiences, to bring new information to the route and to those who walk behind you. Please join the Forum and comment on TripAdvisor. A Camino is a community concept and together we can grow these routes for us all to travel.
2. Packages for those who like the luxury, and security of prearranged.
You chose a package online, according to your route of interest, budget and time available and we will do your bookings for you. Note we also offer Set Date Caminos 4 times a year, if you would like to join others.
A Camino is a journey of exploration so you will still use your directory to purchase some meals and possibly other services such as porterage. Challenges will always arise so it is still up to you to be the adventurer but we will take the trouble of finding accommodation off your shoulders. We will secure your chaperones, your breakfasts, and your transport across Chapmans Peak.
The rest is up to you and your Camino Spirit.
So go and browse the site and see what you like and then
Walk Your Way
How do I purchase a package?
On the Walk Your Way page you scroll down to the packages section and choose your package. Payment options include credit/debit card facilities and EFT payment.
Who's responsibility is it if something gets lost or someone gets hurt on the route?
Yours. Each and every pilgrim is responsible for their own wellbeing and their own belongings. Take care with your gear and with walking the route. Look out for snakes, baboons and slippery areas. Cape Camino is not a company, but rather a community owned initiative. It is an attraction to the Western Cape, not a tour business. Our team may assist you organise a Camino but cannot be held responsible, nor will our partners be, for any incident that may occur. The route is a public space and it is up to you to look out for yourself. See T's&C's.
Is this a slack packing experience?
Not usually. A Camino is a personal journey and many feel the need to carry their own belongings. It signifies strength and simplicity. 'all we need is what's on our backs'.
You can, however, have your bags transported each day by one of the transport and porterage services offered in the Camino Directory.