"I HAVEN'T BEEN
BUT IT'S ON MY LIST."
The Tankwa Camino is a modern day "Great Trek" which will take participants through one of the most starkly beautiful areas of our country, the Tankwa Karoo.
Inner strength and a strong mind will keep you on track, but "your emotions need to be as educated as your intellect. It is important to know how to feel, how to respond, and how to let life in... so that it can touch you" (Jim Rohn) – and what better place to allow life in? This is why the Camino is considered as much a spiritual pilgrimage as it is a test of physical endurance.
Hiking the Camino, the Tankwa desert will become your drug for ten days as you will walk through one of the most extraordinary landscapes in Africa, a landscape that beggars belief and that makes you realise God is indeed in all the detail.
This is a place where time and distance is stretched, where horizons dance and disappear, where every corner brings a startling new vista, but in that magical hour before dark, when the flat, harsh, grey and brown tones start turning to reds, purples, and chocolate brown, you will vow to return.
Your epic Camino journey will take you through vastly different landscapes, a journey only imagined by many and one that will stay with you long after you've shaken the Karoo dust from your hiking gear.
How it all started...
Founder, Danie Pieterse, had a dream to one day walk from his grandfather Jan Pieterse’ s grave in the Tankwa Karoo to his other grandfather's grave in Rawsonville. Danie shared this idea with one of his friends, Charl van der Merwe and soon the idea for a similar pilgrimage arose in the form of the Tankwa Camino. The main idea behind the Camino was to introduce people to this beautiful part of our country that connects Calvinia (in the Northern Cape) with Ceres (in the Western Cape) through the Tankwa Karoo.
The Tankwa Karoo with its raw beauty and tranquility has increasingly captured the imagination of tourists in recent years with the opening of the Tankwa Karoo National Park (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa/) and the annual Africaburn (http://www.afrikaburn.com/) event.
The first Tankwa Camino was a huge success with interest streaming in from all over the country. Danie is now managing this event with support of his wife, Rhina, and family and they are planning on doing the hike on a semi-annual basis. The Tankwa Camino GIVES BACK initiative, supports all hikers that take part in the Tankwa Camino as part of a charity organisation.