CONSTANTIA TO MUIZENBERG/ MUIZENBERG TO CONSTANTIA
The very first Cape Camino Leg.
If you are comfortable with your map reading skills then no chaperone is recommended.
Chaperone essential if you plan to walk through the community of Westlake.
Warra Stockholm +27 84 288 1797
Start this Leg at the Catholic Shrine at Schoenstatt Retreat, 4 Schoenstatt Avenue. It is a peaceful space where pilgrims are invited to light a candle and say a prayer. We like to salute the Catholic Church and their route Camino de Santiago in Spain for inspiring us.
Constantia wines are world class and this Leg offers a large number of estates to explore and visit, the first being a Big 7 attraction, Groot Constantia (also a stamp location). On Klein Constantia Wine farm you will find the Kramat of Shaykh Abdurahman Matebe Shah hidden amongst trees and streams. There will be a caretaker who is eager to share his ancient, and modern philosophy and wisdom on Islam and the world.
The route guides you through the wine-lands and pops you out on the north side of the Tokai forest. If you are lucky you may come across Levi guarding the cars in the car park for locals walking their dogs or going for a jog. Levi grows a wonderful medicinal and edible garden, which he and his two girls live off. Levi is a practicing Rastafarian and is involved with different nature projects, like the rehabilitation of the endemic Fynbos of Tokai. An appropriate greeting would be a fist bump with the left hand, and to say, “Jah Bless, Brother”
Tokai also houses Pollsmoor prison where Nelson Mandela was transferred to in1982.
When walking through the community of Westlake, remember to warn Warra Stockholm that you are coming through, prior to the time.
After Westlake, follow the route up onto the magnificent Muizenberg mountains via Boyes Drive. Pilgrims can either continue along Boyes drive into Kalk Bay or cut down via Camp Road (look for painted shell on a rock) steps into Muizenberg. The last sacred site is a hidden Karamat at the bottom of Camp Stairs. You will see a piece of the beautiful Muizenberg beach from here. This coastal suburb is abundant with innovative, small businesses of every nature.
If you wish to go on to Kalk Bay either stay on Boyes Drive to get expansive views of False Bay, shark spotting and almost pristine fynbos, or walk along the seaside catwalks and pavement. History abounds in the architecture and local tours. Kalk Bay is alive with interesting, local small businesses, with many places to eat and drink. Kalk Bay harbour still hosts a daily catch which can be enjoyed on the pier. Whales breach and birth in whale season and dolphins and surfers enjoy the waves.
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 'Wine to Water Leg 1' Black 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.