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
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Walk the way with us on The Hermanus Camino. An “all-inclusive” 80km “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 basis of a maximum of 12 people.
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 Friday to a Sunday, the 2nd from a Monday to a Saturday and the 3rd from a Tuesday to a Sunday. All 3 Hermanus Camino’s are essentially the same, except for slight variations in accommodation etc.
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.
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.
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 with 6 upmarket guest cottages, or at Hemel en Aarde Cottages, surrounded by vineyards, landscaped gardens.
Check-in is from 4-6 pm. We will kick off the Hermanus Camino with a welcome dinner 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.
Distance: approx. 16 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 a stud farm, Haygrove berry farm and low lying mountain fynbos backed by the imposing Babylon’s Peak (1167m), the highest peak in the Hermanus region. Our journey continues through the most beautiful and top rated vineyards in the valley & on the African continent. We end the day’s walking with a wine tasting at Ataraxia.
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.
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 which would either be:
Distance: approx. 17 km’s
Day 4 starts with a 2-kilometre 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 through a 4km walk to the Peak and then another 4km’s to Phillipskop Reception, 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.
Distance: approx. 17 km’s
We say goodbye to Jami and Pete, owners of the beautiful Manor House at Stanford Hills. After walking renowned 'Wandelpad', you will be treated to an informative talk about Tesselaarsdal by Annelize Mouton at her coffee shop in Stanford. We then get to spend the afternoon on the “River rat” floating along Klein River while enjoying a boerewors roll onboard. After the boat it we have a 7km walk to Wortelgat.
Our accommodation at Wortelgat will be in stone cottages 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.
Distance: approx. 17 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 80-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 Old Harbour beer.
Your journey doesn’t have to be over. We have negotiated a discounted rate with the Windsor Hotel in Hermanus for all our Hermanus Camino walkers – stay the weekend and enjoy all that the town has to offer.
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