THE THREE NAMAQUA CAMINO WALKS

Namaqualand is an arid region in the north-western part of South Africa. It covers over 1,000 kilometres (600 mi). The Namaqua Camino 10-day route meanders through the interior and along the coast; west of the N7 national road. The Namaqua Camino’s Camini takes you via an inland route to the coast. Both the 10-day Camino and 7-day Camini are circular routes starting and ending in Hondeklipbaai. The Wild West Coast 100 route follows a remote and scenic path along the coast from Kleinzee to Hondeklipbaai. All three walks are assisted slack-pack hikes which means that you walk with a light daypack while your tent and Namaqua Camino bags are safely transported to the next overnight camp.


The 10 day - 260km Namaqua Camino is a challenging walk that will test your endurance at times - please prepare thoroughly and well in advance for this walk. The terrain differs from day-to-day. The long daily distances, hard gravel roads, deep sandy tracks and steep uphill stages during days two and three are difficult.


The Namaqua Camino’s 7 Day Camini is a more leisurely walk but you still need to prepare beforehand in order to be walking fit.


The Wild West Coast 100 is a 5-day and approximately 100-kilometre slack-pack route that traverse along an almost pristine and unspoiled coastline that very few hikers have had the privilege to experience before now. The Wild West Coast 100 is a linear route from Kleinzee to Hondeklipbaai. You need to prepare well in advance and strive to be 100% walking fit, as this route will test your endurance at times.


The dates for all the walks have been selected specifically during a time of the year when the weather is supposed to be temperate but as we all know, Mother Nature is fickle and extreme weather (very hot, cold or rainy) might be experienced during this time. Facilities in the overnight camps are basic but we do supply hot showers with rationed water. Bucket toilets are available at the overnight camps and along the route. Water is rationed to 5 litres per person per day for personal use. Drinking water, however, is always available in the camp and along the daily stages.