MOUNTAIN SHADE: 20 KM
Newlands to Constantia Nek / Constantia Nek to Newlands.
Chaperones recommended for the entire route.
Riaz Jogee +27 82 644 4236 / Rezah Jogee +27 83 859 9915
Invite other pilgrims/locals of Cape Town to walk with you by connecting on the Camino SA Forum Facebook group.
The path from Rhodes Memorial takes you up for about an 800m until you reach the Table Mountain Contour Path. Take as many stops as you like and have your breath taken away each time you turn to face the Southern Suburbs and beyond. The panoramic views are inspiring!
No matter what time of year you walk, the Mountain Shade Leg is always at its best. The beginning of this route shares a path with popular walking trails on the slopes of Table Mountain, which are often the exercise grounds for local Captonians.
The Contour Path holds wondrous magic and life, all kept in by a canopy of forested trees.
You will walk above Newlands Forest, which lies at a natural transition zone between endangered Granite Fynbos and Peninsula Shale Fynbos in an area that also originally supported large indigenous Fynbos.
For the mountain climbing enthusiast, there are routes up into the gorges that take you on top of Table mountain. Waterfalls are abundant on this route and the mountain water is sweet and fresh to taste. Drink as much water from these waterfalls as you can!
For most pilgrims, stick with the gentle contour path all the way to Constantia Nek.
Look out (and down) for the beautiful, well-kept Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden , which was the first botanical garden in the world to be devoted to a country’s indigenous flora. It is also a Nature Reserve and home to many indigenous plants and animals like the Steenbok and Cape Sugarbird. You can pop in for something to eat and drink or simply rest in the peaceful, natural environment.
Follow the route out of Cecelia forest car park and onto Rhodes Drive, making your way into the suburbs of Constantia. End this Leg at the charming Schoenstatt Shrine for a blessing. Or arrive at one of the hospitable Camino hosts and relax for the afternoon.
How to plan this Leg
1. Open Google Maps of the route (view map below or open in your App).
2. Look for 'Mountain Shade Leg 9' Dark blue line
3. Once you've located the Leg, find Camino sacred spaces, accommodation, stamp locations, food stops, and chaperones. Book directly with them and remember to tell them you're on Camino. They will stamp your passport, sign it Cape Camino and write the date.
4. Get your Camino Experience Kit to proudly walk the route.