The Sterrewag Camino is a nine-day gravel road experience that starts at the famous red post-box in Calvinia and covers a distance of 192,8 km to Sutherland. A certain degree of fitness is necessary to walk the Sterrewag Camino. It is not a “walk in the park” and is most definitely not for beginners. “Sun-seared”, “harsh” and “forbidding” are the words that spring to mind when confronted with the vast and daunting landscape of the Roggeveld Karoo.
The small village of Middelpos on your way to Sutherland is a good example of an authentic, isolated Karoo village. The dust and wind are constant reminders that this is the Karoo. As you round the bends, the blue-yellow, brown, and grey colours of the koppies appear, emerging left and right as you walk along the Fish River, with flat-faced rocks framing the view – and on the dusty horizon, sleepy Sutherland finally appears.
At first glance, Sutherland seems less than ordinary with no commercial shops insight. Only a few unfamiliar businesses line the main street - the art deco Sutherland Ko-op, a white-washed, flat-roofed building named ‘Zellies se Winkel’, and a stone building with red and green letters reading ‘Roggeveld Handelaars’. On closer inspection, you notice a PEP Store and an OK Bazaars at the end of town.
The small things about Sutherland, like snowy winters, starlit nights, and dramatic landscapes might surprise you and if you haven’t been to Sutherland before, this definitely gives you something to look forward to!
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 Sterrewag Camino) will be made available upon registration.
Confirmed dates for 2022
10 - 18 September 2022
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
All 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 Sutherland 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. Hiker will only get one chance to move from one hike to another. No refunds will be made after hiker cancel 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.