2020 left us stranded and we're all getting used to living with a level of uncertainty. We are counting the days until we can meet again with our travel bags packed and our wandering spirits ready for action.
Exciting New Local Pilgrimage
Covid-19 were not all negative for the travel industry. Exploring local options became inevitable and I became involved in this beautiful gem right on my doorstep: The Pilgrimage of Hope.
For all Camino lovers desperate to find a yellow arrow or little shell sign, there is hope: The Agulhas Lighthouse signs and red arrows will soon be showing you a new path!
The oldest history of the Christian faith in South Africa can be found in the Boland and Overberg region. In a way, this history encapsulates this country's interesting stories. It speaks of the bitter conflict but also close contact between Westerners and Africans.
The Pilgrimage of Hope routes currently starts either in Stellenbosch or in Robertson, with starting points along the way for shorter pilgrimage options.
You will encounter stories of pioneer farmers, their slaves, prisoners of war building roads, missionaries arriving to spread the Good News and even stories going as far back as the region's first inhabitants living in caves along the coast.
Most of our 2020 groups and individual travellers only postponed their Camino’s to 2021. We are unfortunately facing the reality that the uncertainty of living amidst Covid-19 regulations, no final dates or plans can yet be 100% guaranteed.
2021 however will still be aHoly Year, so bookings will be of crucial importance. If you are planning to do any Camino route in the foreseen future, the best is to get in contact with us so we can make your bookings way in advance. No deposits will be payable at this stage and date changes can easily be made. All service providers are very accommodating and willing to make changes free of charge.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE APOSTLES PAUL, JOHN AND PETER
Covid-19 kept us from exploring the Apostles and their first Christian mission routes in June 2020, but we are very optimistic that this tour will be able to commence in September 2021.
Our tour starts in Turkey, the country where the Gospel was spread first by Paul, to be followed soon by John and Peter. Bible sites such as Tarsus– Paul’s hometown, Antioch - where Barnabas came to join Paul and introduced non-Jews to the Christian community and of course Ephesus- the best restored archaeological site in the world. Once home to both Paul and John, with Mary, the Mother of Jesus’ last home just a short distance from here, Ephesus has stories and lessons that will change the way you think about first-century Christianity forever!
More visits include Cappadocia, Istanbul, the isle of Patmos, Rome and the mesmerizing town Assisi, once the hometown of Francis of Assisi.
It is important to understand that this is NOT a Turkey Seven Churches of Revelations tour, although some similar visits are included. We focus specifically on the First Church teachings and themes, making this a unique one-of-a-kind tour.