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WHAT IS A CAMINO?

A Camino can mean many and different things to a person. Whether you are looking for an outdoor walking holiday, a spiritual journey or simply a journey of introspection, then the Hermanus Camino is for you. Each one of us will have a different perspective as to what this journey would mean. View it as an opportunity to learn more about your surroundings, appreciate nature, acknowledge history and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Overberg region of the Western Cape

HERMANUS CAMINO

Price/person Sharing – 30% single supplement applies.

From R12,500

50% deposit required to confirm booking. 

Walk the way with us on The Hermanus Camino. An “all-inclusive”  73km “Slackpacking” walk that takes place over 6 days (5 walking) and 5 nights in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa.

The Camino will be run on the following basis:

  • The price is per person sharing, either find a friend to join you or pay the single supplement. A 30% single supplement applies if someone wants their own room or if a booking results in someone having their own room (eg: if booking for 3 people).
  • The maximum number of guests is 12 – if you want your own exclusive group, then you need to book and pay for 12 people.
  • We reserve the right to cancel a Camino if less than 8 people have booked – payment will be fully refundable or transferable.

There are 3 Hermanus Camino’s every week of the year, except for our 6-week holiday periods over the July and December School Holidays. The 1st Camino runs from a Sunday to a Friday, the 2nd from a Monday to a Saturday and the 3rd from a Tuesday to a Sunday. All 3 Camino’s are exactly the same.

You can view availability via our booking platform. Click on the orange “Book Now” button to be directed to our calendar where you will see which weeks are available. The green blocks indicate the start date of your Camino and if it is green that means there is space available for that particular Hermanus Camino. 

The Hermanus Camino is to be enjoyed at your own pace. Please stop, pause, breathe, take photos and soak up the view. It is suitable for most fitness levels. There are some steeper zigzag sections that require you to be walking fit.

This is your journey. Take your time.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Very comfortable accommodation for all 5 nights, showcasing some of the hidden gems of the Overberg region.

Daily breakfast (delicious home-made Muesli and Rusks, yoghurt, fruit, boiled eggs, tea and local filter coffee) will be provided in your accommodation spots – you will also receive a mid-week hot breakfast at Klein Waterval.

Free, secure parking while on the Hermanus Camino.

All evening meals will be provided. For example: a braai or prepared local meal.

Daily snacks will be provided for you to carry in your own small day trail pack. For example: fruit, nuts, biltong & wine gums.

A river cruise along the Klein River in Stanford.

Lunch will be provided everyday on the walk itself when the group stops to enjoy their lunch boxes en route.

Slackpacking Services - Suitcases and any purchases will be transported for you. Suitcases to be compact and weigh no more than 12kg’s. If you are needing extra bags for pre/onward travel, then we will gladly keep these safe for you elsewhere for the duration of the 6 days.

Drinks will be included – beer, wine, G&T & soft drinks.

A Hermanus Camino cap and certificate on completion.

All our Camino’s are lead by an expert guide as well as an additional “sweeper” at the back for those that are taking it easy – each walk will be very informative and safe.

Two wine tastings – Ataraxia & Stanford Hills.

Duration

6 Days

Difficulty

Medium

Group Size

Max 12 Guests

Distance

73kms

Your journey begins at High Season Farm. It is a beautiful guest farm with 6 upmarket guest cottages. The cottages have 3 bedrooms with a choice of double or twin beds. Check-in is at 4 pm. We will kick off the Hermanus Camino with a welcome dinner and information evening. Your vehicles will be safely parked within the fenced High Season Farm for the 5 nights and all walkers will be transported back to their cars at the end of the Hermanus Camino.

Day 1 - Arrival Day

Your journey begins in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, where heaven meets earth, located at the foot of the Klein River Mountains, a 15-kilometre drive from Hermanus town centre. You will be spending your first night at High Season Farm, a beautiful guest farm surrounded by vineyards and landscaped gardens.

Check-in is from 4-5 pm. We will kick off the Hermanus Camino with a welcome charcuterie and information evening.

Your vehicles will be safely parked within the fenced accomodation for the 5 nights and all walkers will be transported back to their cars at the end of the Hermanus Camino.

Day 2 - 1st Walking Day

Distance: approx. 12 km’s

The first walking route of the Hermanus Camino takes you through the Hemel en Aarde Valley which means “Heaven and Earth”.

We cover a lot of terrain in the valley. We walk through some of the Hemel en Aarde Valley's most famous vineyards including Newton Johnson, Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russell. We stop for a cup of coffee at Die Plaaskombuis before ascending to the famous Rotary Way above Hermanus where we will visit the Portuguese Maltese Cross dated around 1400AD. We then descend down the valley through some pristine fynbos back onto Hamilton Russell farm. We get collected at Die Plaaskombuis and are transferred to Ataraxia wine farm for your first wine tasting.

From there, you will be transported to the overnight venue at Glen Oakes – a magnificent farm hidden away in the mountains above the Tesselaarsdal region. The afternoon is yours – swim in the rock & natural spring pools and make friends with the resident piggies before enjoying a traditional South African braai. You will spend the night in beautiful stone and wood cottages.

Day 3

Distance: approx. 15 km’s

We kick off day 3 with a gentle climb through Glen Oakes farm up to the back of the magnificent mountain range above the Klein River lagoon. The region is famous for its spectacular fynbos - in particular the most amazing Asteraceae, part of the daisy family. The walk continues at the base of the upper peaks showcasing some of the most spectacular views over the Ruens area and the blanket of green and yellow canola during the winter months. 

We will then make our way to the comfort of your third night accommodation at the lovely Klein Watervalplaas which means "little waterfall farm."

Day 4

Distance: approx. 14 km’s

Day 4 starts with a 4km walk to the base of 'Haarkappers' mountain fynbos route. This route is steeped in history, forgive the pun, and is by far the most demanding but rewarding in its own right.

As you meander to the peak and then back down you will traverse through and over some of the least walked fynbos routes in all of the Western Cape, a hidden gem. On the plateau at the highest point, the vistas are unparalleled, Stanford to the West, Gansbaai/De Kelders to the South, the R326 meandering through the Akkedisberg Pass, Tesselaarsdal below and to the North endless fields of wheat and canola to the Riviersonderend mountain range.

We then continue down and around Philipskop, another imposing rocky outcrop, dwarfing the walkers as we meander through thick fynbos with a few welcome water points.

On the descent to Phillipskop, you will find recently discovered (2016) Khoi-San Rock Art in a hidden Cave – the cave has now been declared a Heritage Site, as these are the only known Rock Art on the Cape Whale Coast.

Accommodation for the night will be at Phillipskop where you can enjoy a much-needed  relaxing afternoon and evening. 

Day 5

Distance: approx. 18 km’s

An early morning 7km walk to Stanford, stopping en-route at  The Zesty Lemon for a coffee break. In Stanford we will walk the renowned "Wandelpad" before heading off to the  "African Queen" for a cruise along the Klein river, where you will enjoy a boerewors roll and drinks on board. Finally, a 7km walk to your next destination, Wortelgat.

Our accommodation at Wortelgat will be in a large stone house on the banks of the Klein River from where the sound of the rumbling waves of Walker Bay can be faintly heard in the distance. 

Day 6

Hermanus Waterfront

Distance: approx. 14 km’s

All good things must come to an end. As you embark on the final day of the Hermanus Camino, you walk away from the fynbos, mountains, farmlands and vineyards and into the Walker Bay Nature Reserve on a meandering jeep track through the sand dunes. After a quick scramble up a 15-metre high dune you are welcomed by one of the most pristine beaches along the South African coastline.

 

We make our way along the stretch of beach, known as 'Die Plaat', with Hermanus and the mountains in full view. After we cross the Klein River mouth, we are no more than 5 kilometres away, as the crow flies, from where the very same river starts its 70-kilometre journey to the Atlantic ocean. Once off the beach we join the picturesque cliff path walk, all the way back to the town centre of Hermanus, finishing up at The Burgundy Restaurant for a meal and an ice-cold beer.

 

This brings us to the end of the Hermanus Camino. We will transport you back to your cars at High Season Farm where you can continue on your journey as you Walk The Way through life after a wonderful week of introspection, appreciation of nature and self-discovery.

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Your journey doesn’t have to be over. We have negotiated a special rate with the Windsor Hotel in Hermanus for all our Hermanus Camino walkers.

Make sure to contact them directly at info@windsorhotel.co.za to book your stay and use “Hermanus Camino” as a reference to get your discount.

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