The Garden Route Pilgrimage of Hope takes you across mountains and the Karoo, via the coastal corridor to St Blaise lighthouse in Mossel Bay. The route stretches over 3 mountain passes, vast open Karoo planes and fertile farms. On the ocean’s side of the route, you walk through indigenous forests and on sandy beaches on the way to Mossel Bay. We provide accommodation at the end of each day as well as a scrumptious brunch halfway each day. Maybe the best of all is the people – you will receive a warm welcome on the farms and at guesthouses where you will be served tasty boerekos and lots of roosterkoek. You will meet interesting people and enjoy their hospitality as you travel across the beautiful Garden Route.
Tour Information Summary
Route Grading & Safety
Luggage Transfers or carry own luggage
Route open for walking
Full Tour Information
Uniondale to Mosselbaai
The route stretches over 270km and 14 days and is done in stretches of approximately 20km. The route is well marked and at the end of each day, a well-deserved rest is enjoyed on a farm or in a local guesthouse or church. Halfway through each day, you will be able to enjoy a hearty brunch and relax en route while appreciating your surroundings.
Distance in Km
Uniondale - Avontuur
Avontuur - De Vlugt
De Vlugt - Klipriver
Klipriver - Noll
Noll - Buffelsdrift
Buffelsdrift - Louvain
Louvain - Heimersriver
Heimersriver - Klipdrift
Klipdrift - Herold
Herold - George
George - Geelhoutboom
Geelhoutboom - Groot Brakriver
Groot Brakriver - Hartenbos
Hartenbos - Mossel Bay
We are thankful that our area is still very safe. Although we recommend that the Pilgrims travel in groups, we have had no incidents and ladies can walk the route with peace of mind. We monitor the Pilgrims en route and will make sure that a group arrives at their next brunch spot or overnight accommodation. You can therefore relax while walking the 270 km.
The route is moderate and there is no extreme climbing necessary. The road surface is 99% gravel, with wide paths where you can walk alongside your fellow Pilgrims if you wish.
The route can be walked anytime from the 1st of March to the 30th of November. We will confirm availability for your requested dates (we allow 2 to 3 groups to start during a week).
The accommodation during the 14 days is varied and reflects the character and setting of the route. This includes hotel, farm stay, sleeping in an old church and the occasional guesthouse. Often pilgrims will be required to share rooms and at several establishments bathrooms are also shared. This is aligned with the pilgrim ethos of being thankful for what you receive, and a “less is more” approach. Up to now previous pilgrims were very pleased with what they received and experienced along the route.
This pilgrimage includes all meals and transport of your luggage. You also have an option to carry or transport your own luggage.
Another option is to either do the full route or split it: 14 days or 7 days (split the route halfway – and you can decide 1st or 2nd half).
Prices for pilgrims who arrange their pilgrimage through Herold Congregation*
Accommodation & Luggage Transfers
R 14 000 per person sharing
R 7 000 per person sharing
* Prices include all meals and accommodation bookings.
Prices for pilgrims who need planning and booking through Pilgrim Assist*
Accommodation & Luggage Transfers
R 15 900 per person sharing
R 8 900 per person sharing
* Prices include all meals, accommodation bookings, fitness and preparations guidelines, a detailed "what to pack" list, Zoom call orientation and 24/7 assistance and emergency standby during your pilgrimage.
Bookings through Herold Congregation: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or for further information contact Gert Nothnagel: 082 829 5407 or Marlene Fouche: 076 423 3727.
Bookings through Pilgrim Assist: Contact Marina Loubser at email@example.com or 083 304 8824.
We will provide you with a booking form once you are sure about the dates and options for your Pilgrimage and then we will send you the invoice. A 50% deposit will be required to secure the dates and the balance is payable 4 weeks before the start of your journey.
We have had more than 150 Pilgrims during the past 12 months and have been overwhelmed with feedback on good experiences.
Find time in your busy schedule for this life-changing Pilgrimage. Come and rediscover yourself, while you discover and experience our breathtaking area and wonderful people!
"It was truly a special experience with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime." - Jozet Muller
"The Garden Route Pilgrimage that we have completed was almost a heavenly experience for which we will always be grateful." - Jan Breytenbach
"Walking this route was more than a walk, and revealed to me the very spirit of Ubuntu, it was coloured with the spirit of life in its true and simplistic form." - Elsa Davids