The Compassberg Camino

The Compassberg Camino in Nieu-Bethesda is a 100km circular route that offers unique and varied views of the Karoo landscape. Predominantly walking along the provincial gravel road, you are afforded the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty, wildlife, birds and absolute silence as you pass and cross private farms and protected nature reserves with little or no traffic.

Starting from our base camp Kareelaagte Farm, this 5-day walk covers approximately 23km per day which you can cover at your own pace. To enhance the experience of silence and solitude, we accommodate groups of eight.

You can look forward to enjoying quaint and rustic accommodation as we overnight on farms along the way. 

It is the perfect time to unplug from city life as there is little or no cell phone reception.

• Only walk with your daypack
• We take care of your meals
• Includes all accommodation
• We transfer your luggage to the next stop


It’s About the Community

The Compassberg Camino in Nieu-Bethesda is powered by Karoo Spiritual Retreats, an organisation inspired by nature and alternative healing methods. We craft unique retreats and workshops in the heart of the Karoo to facilitate self-awareness, personal growth and holistic healing. We believe that the beautiful and tranquil environment of the Karoo is the ultimate earth medicine that aids relaxation, exploration, healing and creativity.

Being based in the village of Nieu-Bethesda in the Eastern Cape, we saw the opportunity to develop a flag-ship activity to boost tourism to the village and benefit the community by supporting local service providers.

Our unique location affords us access to utilise facilities, farms and private nature reserves in the area best suited for each retreat. Experiences are enhanced by providing a tranquil setting in nature, healthy balanced meals, comfortable accommodation, interaction with farm animals, game drives, and professional facilitators. Some facilities are remote and enable you to unplug, focus and reconnect body, mind and soul.

312km from Port Elizabeth

53km from Graaff-Reinet

720km from Cape Town

801km from Johannesburg


Founder &  Manager

Sarina Engelbrecht

Karoo Spiritual Retreats was founded by Sarina Engelbrecht in 2019. She has been a local resident in Nieu-Bethesda for almost 7 years and is actively involved in Tourism. Being passionate about the welfare of the village, she has been coordinating Camino’s since 2019.

In 2014 she traded her city life in Port Elizabeth in the Media industry for the beautiful Karoo where her photography and alternative healing practice is combined to bring healing through nature.



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