The Boesmanland Camino
The Boesmanland Camino is a 313.9km gravel road hike over fifteen days in the Boesmanland region. The hikers access the Boesmanland from the Hantam region.
Start by hiking from the famous red post-box in Calvinia, follow the gravel road to Naresie, Brandkop, Die Kloof, Kliprand, Platbakkies, Studerspass to Garies, that is situated in the Namaqualand district about
110 km South of Springbok.
The exact boundaries of the Boesmanland have always been a struggle. Still, if you draw a circle around Kenhardt, Verneukpan, Brandvlei, Loeriesfontein, Kliprand, and Pofadder, you are more or less in the spot.
Within this circle, warm-hearted people, sheep and wild animals like hares, turtles, and mammals find it difficult to survive even in good seasons.
The landscape consists of extensive plains that are interrupted by high island mountains as Kammiesberg and karoo koppies, deep valleys and green or dry pastures grasses. A display of flowers in spring, bring you to the silence and power of natural elements.
This region has been attracting large numbers of visitors from all over the country for years. Although it is a dry region, it still holds a unique charm for the thousands of visitors who come to visit every year.
Heading through the Hantam mountains towards Calvinia, you will see very few people or even vehicles. A certain degree of fitness is necessary to walk the Boesmanland Camino. It is not an easy hike and is most definitely not for beginners.
The name of the region is derived from its former inhabitants the Bushmen still found there.
Boesmanland Camino Travelling Distance Information:
Total distance: 302km
1. Calvinia/Tierhoek - Start (19km)
2. Beeswater (17,7km)
3. Naresie (18km)
4. Gannabos (23,9km)
5. Theunisdrift (24km)
6. Bo-kuil (20km)
7. Nelsdrift (26,5km)
8. Vaaldam (22,2km)
9. Hofmanskop/kruis (15km)
10. Klein Lieslap (18km)
11. Dabidas (22km)
12. Kalkdraai (22km)
13. Slagieskop (20km)
14. Karos (18,1km)
15. Onder studerspas (18,9km)
16. Garies (End)
PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION IS ONLY OFFICIAL ONCE DEPOSIT HAS BEEN RECEIVED AND IS DONE ON A FIRST-PAID, FIRST-SERVED BASIS!
In order to secure your place, a 50% deposit needs to be paid with registration. (Payment will be required within two weeks at this point). The remaining amount will be collected 3 months ahead of the event.
If you have registered during the previous year, your registration fee will be adjusted according to the calculated tariff for your specific trail.
Payment details (including an information pack with all the information you need about the Boesmanland Camino) will be made available upon registration.
Confirmed dates for 2023
19 May - 02 June 2023
R 7200 pp
Fees include the following:
Meet-and-greet dinner on the evening before the event
Transport of your belongings along the route
Support vehicles and a team that travels with hikers
Coffee/tea/milk/sugar in the early morning and after dinner
Snacks upon arrival at base camp each day (Boere high tea)
Dinner daily of potjiekos or braai, pot bread with kaiings/dripping (if available), syrup & homemade jams
Hot water will be available on arrival at each overnight camp for washing purposes. You collect your own water out of the heating pots but are limited to 5 liters per day. No showers allowed.
Daily drinking water allowance
Boesmanland Camino certificate
All of the above is subject to change due to COVID 19 regulations.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
No transport before, during or after the event is included in the fee.
Transfers from Cape Town Airport to Calvinia and from Garies to Calvinia can be arranged upon request -
the price will be dependent on demand.
Transport fees are subject to change annually.
Your Guest House stays are not included in the Fees.
**If you have registered during the previous year, your registration fee, t-shirt and tent-pegs fees will be adjusted according to the calculated tariff for your specific trail.**
Please contact us for our most recent rates
*If hiker prefers to move from one hike to another, a request must be made within two months before the event
registered for. Hikers will only get one chance to move from one hike to another. No refunds will be made after the hiker cancels for a second time.
Our cancellation policy is as listed below (R50 admin fee will apply to ALL refunds):
Cancellation made 3+ months ahead of event - 50% Refund
Cancellation made within 2 months of event - 25% Refund
Cancellation made within less than 2 months of event - 0% Refund
Please contact us for our most recent rates.