The Team


We are the Pilgrim Assist team

Yolandi van der Wath

Yolandi is a tour operator specializing in Pilgrimages and Bible Land Tours. Since 2007 her travel company WeGo Journeys assisted hundreds of pilgrims travelling to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Italy.

In 2010 she added the Camino De Santiago routes in Spain and Portugal to her destination list through the entity “Stap Die Camino”. Since then, more than 2000 pilgrims successfully reached the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela with Yolandi’s meticulous assistance. 

The latest addition to her pilgrim destinations is the Pilgrimage of Hope routes. Through PILGRIM ASSIST, Yolandi and Erns Grundling became specialists on these routes with their in-depth knowledge of service providers and day-to-day logistics.

Erns Grundling

Erns is an author, photojournalist and TV presenter. He is a passionate traveller and hiker and has extensive experience in multi-day hikes and pilgrimages. 

His love for people and stories makes him an excellent travelling companion and speaker. His first book, Elders, about his Camino pilgrimage in Spain, was published in 2017 and is a bestseller. In 2019 an English translation, Walk It Off, was published. 

He is a partner of Pilgrim Assist and has documented two Pilgrimage of Hope routes in the award-winning kykNET series Elders. 

Together with Yolandi van der Wath and Marina Loubser, Erns assists pilgrims during the walk and has also guided groups on several occasions.

Marina Loubser

Marina is an enthusiastic hiker & traveller. Being a Travel Broker, she can assist pilgrims with flights and travel insurance thus adding to the all-inclusive services of Pilgrim Assist. 

She has done the Pilgrimage of Hope as well as several Caminos in Spain & Portugal, some of which she has accompanied groups. 

Marina is your Pilgrim Assist point of contact making sure you are well prepared and your pilgrimage is hassle-free!


We offer a complete package that includes

Pilgrim registration


regarding itinerary, route options and distances


of all accommodation

Booking and pre-ordering meals

Daily luggage transfers

during walking days

Transfers to starting points

Transfers last day

Airport transfers if needed

Pilgrim pack

Fitness and preparations guidelines

Detailed “What to pack” list

24/7 assistance & emergency standby