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Journey of Hope and Healing

Educational pilgrimage

The facilitated walk starts in Stellenbosch where various sites are visited, from there it winds through the Ida’s Valley Nature Area and the pristine Helshoogte Pass. The journey ends at the Pniël heritage yard. This pilgrimage guides learners through a journey of acknowledging past injustices and making a personal commitment to be part of creating a future in South Africa where all communities can enjoy a free and prosperous future.


  • Historical overview on social justice in Stellenbosch
  • Stellenbosch town center
  • Idas Valley Conservancy and dam
  • Helshoogte pass
  • Zorgvliet Wine Estate
  • Ou Bethlehem, Kylemore
  • Johannesdal
  • Die Werf, Pniël.
  • Snacks and refreshments


08h30: Meet at the Rhynse Sending Kerk. Walk from Stellenbosch town centre to Lückhoff School, passing several places of significance before continuing to the Ida’s Valley Dam.

10h30: Enjoy a break at the Ida’s Valley Dam while appreciating the spectacular setting.

11h30: Refreshments at the top of Helshoogte Pass before descending into the Dwarsrivier Valley.

12h30: Zorgvliet comfort break. Leaving Zorgvliet behind, we’ll cross the R310 into Ou Bethlehem at the Kylemore entrance, continuing to Johannesdal.

13h30: Re-joining the R310 for the last 1.2km to Die Werf, Pniël.

14h00: Arrive at Die Werf, visiting the social impact monuments.

Experiences are custom designed and priced accordingly. Please click here (ye**@to****************.za) for a quotation.

Mondays to Sundays 08h30 – 14h00
Duration: 5,5 hours

Rhynse Sending Kerk (Rhenish Church)
Blom Street, Stellenbosch Central

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  • A downloadable informative guidebook unpacking the route, the objective of the walk as well as the background of the many places of relevance en route.
  • A knowledgeable and experienced guide accompanying the group for the full duration of the walk.
  • Conservancy and hiking permits.
  • Area guides from Ida’s Valley, Pniël and Kylemore will accompany the group for sections of the walk.
  • Access to a back-up vehicle in case of emergency.
  • Transport from Pniël back to Stellenbosch.
  • Roosterkoek and koesisters served en route.
  • A small gift from the Dwarsrivier Valley for you to take home.
  • You will be given a stone and spekboom cutting to carry with you on the route, as a symbolic token of social justice.

Special Instructions

  • Contact us directly to book
  • The tour should be booked 7 days in advance
  • Bring a sunhat, sunblock and water.
  • It is recommended that visitors be in good physical condition as this is a 16km walk


  • Any items not stipulated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity

Getting there

Visitors can drive to the starting point or a return transfer from the Visit Stellenbosch Tourism Centre (47 Church Street, Stellenbosch) can be booked here.

Group Size

13- 52 people
Groups smaller than 13 guests can be booked, please note surcharge