WHALE’S TALE LABYRINTH: 20 KM

 

Muizenberg to Simon’s Town / Simon’s Town to Muizenberg

 

 Chaperones are recommended if you go over Trappieskop.

Faizel Adams +27 63 263 0521

Invite other pilgrims/locals from Cape Town to escort you by connecting on the Camino SA Forum Facebook group

 

Iconic spaces include the St James walkway, a paved walkway that runs from Muizenberg to St James. Locals populate this walkway with daily exercise and social catchups. Kalk Bay is next and is voted one of the world's trendiest suburbs.

From Kalk Bay you have two options, the first is to keep walking along the main road (a lovely walkway with magnificent views of Fish Hoek beach) We suggest this way if you're walking alone or in small groups. 

 

The second, takes you up onto Trappieskop mountain pathway. Be sure to stock up on water and snacks in Kalk Bay because, apart from the golf course cafe, there are no shops until Fish Hoek.  Peers Cave is a Khoisan sacred site with bushmen paintings and you need a chaperone to show you the way. Ishaqua, a qualified guide from Ocean View, is particularly knowledgeable on all things Khoi and he shares his knowledge willingly. Look out for the Cape sugarbird, tortoises, and snakes.

Ishaqua can be reached on +27 84 221 6677

Alternatively, Faizel Adams can show you the way to Peers Cave too. 

 

If you choose to visit the cave you'll need to spend the night in Fish Hoek as this Leg becomes too long.

 

If you stick to the coastal route without a chaperone then keep walking to visit the Fynbos Labyrinth in Glen Cairn. Koos Burger is the caretaker and its best you let him know you'll be coming a few days (minimum the day before). He will walk you through the Labyrinth and this is an experience not to be missed! Entry is charges R50 per person per visit.

Koos Burger +27 83 484 0294 

 

Simon’s Town has an enormous amount to offer any interested historian or penguin spotter. Noorul Islam Heritage Museum is a fascinating sacred space to visit.

Rich Islam culture and history are showcased in Amlay House (built in 1858) which is now a heritage museum in Simonstown. The residents of this space were forcefully removed in 1975 under the Apartheid Forced Removals Act. And the Amly’s were the first family to move back in 1995. Spend time in this family-run museum exploring a fascinating, and mostly untold, history, shared by many South Africans. Pilgrims visiting the Noorul Museum must book beforehand. The entrance fee is between R10-R20.

 

How to plan this Leg

 

1. Open Google Maps of the route (view map below or open in your Google Maps App). 

 

2. Look for 'Whale's Tale Leg 2' Red 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. Receive your certificate of completion. 

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