Cape Camino

Pilgrimage with a Purpose

Sometimes the connect part of the name Cape Tourism Connect makes so much more sense when we’re reminded of the times when the actual connection is made.

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About 5 years ago I introduced Cape Camino to Melanie Burke a long time friend who I share a birthday with and so much more since we first met. We both believe that things happen as and when they should. So it was inevitable that the connection with Gabrielle and Melanie would result in something special and so as the Chairperson for StreetSmart South Africa, Melanie got the ball rolling to have all Cape Camino legs covered over a period of five years as part of fundraising efforts for StreetSmart South Africa. I personally participated in at least one of these fundraisers as I thankfully was available and in Cape Town at the time.

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The journey is coming full circle or shall we say an infinite loop as per the idea of the Cape Camino and symbol we were introduced to in the shape it forms across the Cape Peninsula. Cape Camino has grown and prospered over the years and it’s amazing to see how much energy and experiences have been discovered and uncovered by all who go on this journey. Besides the Street Smart fundraiser there are some other legs or routes I have done as well and it’s been an interesting experience. I will be covering some more about this in another blog.

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This blog is about the Street Smart fundraisers for 2019, of which Melanie is personally doing one as part of her own journey one step at a time. Read more about her embarking on her personal pilgrimage with a purpose on the Camino Francés in Northern Spain, where she will be walking a 120km to help to raise awareness and R50 000 for the upliftment of homeless children in South Africa. To pledge your support and donate towards the fundraising click here.

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Looking forward to seeing Melanie’s target amount being reached and exceeded and also waiting to hear all about her experience when she returns.

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Rainbow Camino 2017

The Rainbow Camino was developed to celebrate our diversity as a collaborative pilgrimage between Cape Camino and Cape Tourism Connect.

Pilgrimage is a journey of spiritual or one’s own beliefs and finding inner peace. Cape Camino is a personal pilgrimage for individuals who can walk various routes of the Cape Peninsula and discovering our rich culture and heritage.

This was the second year the Rainbow Camino took place, which was on Saturday 25 February 2017 and this is an account of the day in pictures on the Wine to Water route from Constantia to Muizenberg.

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Pilgrims having coffee at Pastis in Constantia before starting their journey

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Walking through the vineyards of Groot Constantia

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Finding a pony along the way

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A visit to the Karamat at Klein Constantia

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Sun’s rays through the clouds and vines at Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

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Cherie Wright and Washiela Rawoot | Friends and colleagues walking the journey together

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Levis Garden in Tokai | He needs help to sustain it, contact Cape Camino for more info

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Walking towards Tokai Forest 

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Walking along towards Westlake

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Contrasts of beautiful nature and human waste | Arthur our guide in the Westlake area informed us that there are various efforts being implemented to help beautify the area

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Continuing along towards Westlake Golf Club and onward to Muizenberg our destination

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Last stretch up on Boyes Drive along the foot of Muizenberg Mountains, we did not see any porcupines though, just amazing views across Lakeside towards the Cape Flats

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The view towards the South Eastern side of Table Mountain from Boyes Drive

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View of Muizenberg and False Bay from Boyes Drive | Washiela still looking great

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Letishia Charles of Queen Bee Hospitality Marketing giving that last bit of energy and jumping for joy for having completed the journey of about 18 km

Cape Camino can be contacted for more info on starting your journey to “Walk Your Way” email info@capecamino.co.za or check out their website www.capecamino.co.za

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What’s On Wednesday 22-28Feb17

As per our previous What’s On Wednesday blog we said we would like to offer more than just one option per day for the week as there are numerous other options available too and we hope that this will entice you even more to get out there and experience the array of varied events available in our great and beautiful city and province too.

Weekly Events
Cape Town Comedy Club features in the top ten best comedy clubs in the world. With a weekly great line up and delicious food and drinks you can choose to go for any day of five out of seven days from Wednesdays to Sundays with the occasional additional gig on a Monday. 

Baxter Theatre
iComedy Kona in a proud partnership with the Zabalaza Festival
Jaco Bouwer directs the contemporary theatre classic Marat/Sade

Barnyard Theatre
One Vision – A Tribute to Abba & Queen on from Tuesdays – Sundays until 5 March

The Galileo Open Air Cinema showcasing a host of movies under the stars at amazing Cape Town venues.
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[Image courtesy Galileo Open Air Theatre]

Theatre On The Bay
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be on until 8 April 2017
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[Image courtesy Theatre on The Bay]

Gate 69: Cathy and the Trolley Dollies a dinner theatre experience until 29 June 2017

Alexander Bar: Sillage a story of three generations of South African women

Cafe Roux Sessions at both Nooordhoek and Cape Town has a great line up of talent
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[Image courtesy Cafe Roux]

Wednesday 22 February 2017
Alexander Bar: The Plothole by Two of Cape Town’s renowned comedians Westley Cockrell and Stuart Cairns

The last of District Six Kanala at The Fugard Theatre from Wednesday through to Sunday has had a really great run and been a real great production that many have gone back to watch a few times. If you’re lucky try till on the last minute to get a ticket to see it.

Vineyard Oval Market at Kenilworth Race Course every Wednesday evening.

Every Wednesday you can join in for OMG Quiz Night at Alexander Bar for

Thursday 23 February 2017
Alexander Bar: Stuart Lightbody’s Little Lies runs through till Saturday 25 February 2017

Friday 24 February 2017
Bay Harbour Market KWV Sound Stage in Hout Bay has live acts available from Fridays through to Sundays and there are over 80 traders and delicious food stalls. This week you on the line up you can find The Kink, The Dixie Swingers and Ruby June.

Live Music Fridays Dizzys Camps Bay : This week catch Wolf Dagger & The Medicine Dolls
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Saturday 25 February 2017
Rainbow Camino 2017 Celebrating Our Diversity
This year, for the Annual Rainbow Camino, will be on the Wine to Water leg. A beautifully shaded route, rich with sacred sites and diverse culture.
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Baxter Theatre |  Daniel Ciobanu opening the 2017 season for the Cape Town Concert Series.

Ultimate X Festival an action sports festival

Off The Grid Music Festival 2017 at Camphill Village West Coast is a fundraiser as a fun filled family event with music, great food, beer and amazing people. The line up includes, Freshly Ground,  Majozi and Jackal & The Wind to name a few.

Hout Bay Museum’s annual Food Fair. Delicious local food, wine, and homemade ginger beer. Entertainment and fun for the children. Take-aways available.

Hout Bay Farmers Market happens every Saturday at Valley Farmstall, Valley Road, Hout Bay where you can find fresh organic grown vegetables as well as other goods and yummy treats. A farmyard with animals is also available and seating and lawn area to relax and enjoy.
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[Image courtesy Hout Bay Farmers Market]

Sunday 26 February 2017
Baxter Theatre hosts Jazz for Hope: Legendary Cape Town based Jazz Musician, Alistair Andrews, invites jazz fans to join him and his friends in a benefit concert

Alexander Bar: Tales From The Violin | Hezron Chetty presents a show that will take you into the dark and fantastic world of a traveling violinist.

Dizzys Camps Bay  Beer Pong Sundays with Stellenbrau, great competition coming soon

Taste at Simon’s | Groot Constantia

Monday 27 February 2017
Alexander Bar: bash | A collection of three dark and delicious one act plays

Tuesday 28 February 2017
The premiere of The Mother follows a South African premiere run of its companion piece The Father in November 2016, directed by Greg Karvellas. Running Tuesdays to Saturdays until 4 March 2017.

Baxter Theatre ending off the month with Chapter 2, Section 9, teases apart the complication of sexual identity.
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[Image courtesy Baxter Theatre]

Alexander Bar: Dangled | Dangled is an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story Diary of a Madman by mutli-award winning writer Louis Viljoen and performed by multi-award winning actor Rob van Vuuren. On for three nights until Thursday 2 March 2017

The Kalk Bay Theatre: El Blanco | Performer James Cairns (Dirt, The Three Little Pigs, The Snow Goose) teams up with writer Gwydion Beynon (The Epicene Butcher, Amateur Hour) to tell the epic tale of El Blanco : The White One.

Art:
To Love or Not to Love: A Street View | 2 February 2017 to 17 March 2017
How long is forever? | 2 February 2017 to 31 July 2017
Art Africa Fair 2017 | 24 February 2017 to 5 March 2017
Michaelis Graduate Exhibition |24 February 2017 to 6 March 2017

With this amazing line up of options we are sure we probably missed some but we know that you will be able to find something to do out of these. Do not forget to comment on our Facebook page for Cape Tourism Connect about your experiences.

Until next week, stay safe, play and have fun!

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Rainbow Cape Camino

This is the second colab “walk your way” Rainbow Camino with the Cape Camino

Last year we did it over two days and had a really amazing experience discovering so much we would not see unless you are actually walking, looking and connecting with your surroundings and your fellow walkers/pilgrims.

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Edwill Meyer and Fuad Peters

Cape Camino founder Gabrielle and her daughter Peggy, as a two woman team have been hard at work in getting people to experience the diversity of the Cape through the concept of a walking experience similar to the Camino De Santiago in Spain.

The idea of the Rainbow Camino came about discussing how acceptance is a key factor for many varied people of Cape Town and South Africa, with a key focus on the LGBTIQ+ community. This year the focus is more widespread and focused on the diversity of South Africa and the world at large.

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Listening to a Khoi story about Maidens Cove and then having a shot of Buchu

This year the Rainbow Camino takes us along the most popular of their routes Wine to Water which is a 18 km relatively easy and mostly flat walk through the Constantia Valley and ends off in the seaside town of Muizenberg with it’s surfer and Bohemian type culture and flair.

For more info about the event have a look on Facebook event page:
Rainbow Camino 2017 Celebrating Our Diversity

Join us and “Walk Your Way” as we celebrate our diversity!

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Rainbow Pilgrimage 2016: Having a snack at Maidens Cove, after walking down from the Kramat on Lions Head seen in the background of this picture

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