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Cape Town Muslim Experience (Halal)

* Chauffer or Self-drive *           7 DAYS

The Cape is intricately connected to Muslim history and offers a wide variety of top Halal restaurants, accommodation and activities catering for families that abide by Islamic religious and lifestyle practices

 

 
 

 

 
   
 

Tour Highlights :

Visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Hout Bay and Simonstown
Experience a Big Five Safari in an open 4X4 vehicle with experienced rangers
Tour Oudtshoorn and visit the Cango Caves and an Ostrich Ranch
Visit Knysna, Wilderness and Mossel Bay along the Garden Route
Visit Masjids and Kramats in Bo-Kaap and the Cape Peninsula 
 

     

 

The Tour Begins in Cape Town and ends at George Airport. From George you have an option of reaching your next destination by Air, Luxury air-con Coach or a Private Road Transfer. Accommodation is in three or four star Guest Houses, Lodges or Apartments and includes daily Beakfasts, Dinners and Lunches as per itinerary.

 

DAY 1 

Arrival at Cape Town International Airport. After Hotel check-in, guests are taken to the V&A Waterfront. Here you may enjoy some optional activities such as, Robben Island Tour, Boat Cruises, the Two Oceans Aquarium and some of the many shops and restaurants. Free for Halal Dinner. Guests are then dropped off at their hotel at around 21h00.

 

DAY  2  (Breakfast + Lunch)

After a Halal breakfast, a visit to the Cape Peninsula will reward you with the opportunity to witness two great oceans on the same day. Wonderful mountainous scenery is coupled with quaint seaside villages such as Kalk Bay and Hout Bay. We stop at the Kramat of Sheikh Noorul Mubeen on the Atlantic Coast and Simon’s Town Heritage Museum.

A boat ride to Seal Island from Hout Bay harbour is an enjoyable experience.

The Heritage Museum was established in Amlay House (built in 1858), which belonged to the Amlay family of Simonstown. Some of the displays in the Heritage Museum include various artefacts pertaining to Muslim Culture, photos from the 1800s to date as well as handwritten kitaabs.

We take a walk around the area where Muslims lived before the forced removals under Apartheid. Visit the local Mosque and Kramats of Imam Lalu Abdul Kadir Jaelani and his son, Imam Ismael Dea Malela who were exiled to the Cape in 1786.

Enjoy Fish and Chips for lunch.

In Constantia we visit the graves of Sheikh Abdurahman Matebe Shah and Sayed Mahmud. They are probably the oldest known sites of deceased Auliyah (Friends of Allah), both having arrived at the Cape in 1667. Sheikh Abdurahman was the last of the Malaccan Sultans, whose ancestors established the first Malaysian Empire.

In the evening guests are taken to a traditional Cape Malay or similar Halal restaurant.

 

Day 3   (Breakfast + Lunch)

After breakfast we enjoy a walking tour through  the Cape Town Company Gardens. Visit   the Slave Lodge - Second oldest colonial building. Built in 1679 for 500 Dutch East India Company slaves from Madagascar, Ceylon and the East Indies, many of whom may have been Muslim. It houses collections of antiquities including a diorama of a mosque.

We then visit Bo-kaap a small residential area above the Central Business District. It has a population of over 6000 residents, the majority of whom are Muslim, and is an important neighborhood for the Cape Muslim community.

The Bo-Kaap has nine Mosques alone. We visit the Auwal Mosque the oldest Masjid in South Africa. It was established in 1794 by Imam Abdullah bin Khardi Abdusalem also known as Tuan Guru. It contains a hand-written Quran recalled from memory by Tuan Guru.

We will have Halal lunch in the City. We also visit the following attractions:

Bo-Kaap Museum - Established in 1978 and furnished as a house that depicts the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Muslim family. The museum tells the story of the local community within a national socio-political and cultural context.

Signal Hill Ridge – A small Kramat where Muslims gather in honour of  Sheikh Mohammed Hasssen Ghaibie Shah al Quadi Follower of Sheikh Yusuf of Macassar. We also visit Signal Hill and Table Mountain. (Optional cable car ride to the top of the mountain)

Dinner at a local Halal restaurant.

 

DAY 4  (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)   

After breakfast we head to Stellenbosch. We stop to visit the the Gujjatul Islam Masjid built in 1897.  Imam Abdul Gabier was the community’s first Imam.

Transfer via the beautiful Cape Winelands to a Private Game Reserve approximately two hours drive from Stellenbosch. Enjoy a Halal lunch at the rest camp. The afternoon can be spent relaxing or visiting the rehabilitation center. In the late afternoon we do a game drive to see the Big Five. Dinner at the Rest Camp.

 

DAY 5  (Breakfast)  

The day starts early with a another Big 5 Game Drive followed by breakfast. We then depart for Oudtshoorn,  undisputed "ostrich capital" of the world. Our itinerary includes a visit to a fascinating Ostrich Show Farm where, amidst enormous flocks of these strange birds, we are shown their development from the one kg egg to the 100 kg adult bird. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

 

AY 6  (Breakfast + Dinner)

After a halal breakfast you will  visit one of the great wonders of Africa - the subterranean wonderland of Cango Caves for a tour of this vast sequence of caverns, each filled with astonishing formations of glittering stalagmites and stalactites.

We  journey to Knysna via the Wilderness. Arriving in  Knysna, there is time to discover the craftsmen, who have settled in the area from every corner of South Africa. This region has a tremendous range of arts and crafts, in all mediums. Visit the Knysna Heads where the mighty Indian Ocean rushes in and out of the Knysna Lagoon.

Wind up the day with an optional Lagoon Sunset Cruise. There are a number of options including luxury Yachts and Ferries.  This evening guests are invited to the Knysna Yacht Club for a halal Barbeque (Braai). Overnight in Knysna.

 

DAY 7  (Breakfast)

After breakfast we head down to Mossel Bay. Enjoy an optional boat ride out to Seal Island to view seals, whales and sometimes the Great White Shark. We also explore the Diaz Museum. After an opportunity to do some last minute shopping and enjoy lunch at the seaside we drop off our guests in the early afternoon at George Airport for your onward flight or coach/private transport to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.

This tour can begin in George and end in Cape Town with slight changes to the itinerary.

 

Included in the Price:   Accommodation with Halal breakfasts. Two Halal dinners on days 2 & 4. Halal lunches on days 2, 3 & 4. Visits to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Ranch. Seal Island boat Cruise at Hout Bay. Two game drives, all transfers, ground transportation and Chauffer Driver. Entry fees to Museums, Kramats and Mosques. Friday lunch time prayers will be held at a Mosque.

NOT included in the Price:   Airfares, lunches not specified, dinners not specified, Optional activities such as Robben Island, Table Mountain Cable Car, V&A Aquarium, Knysna and Mossel  Bay boat rides, transfer from George to your next destination on day7, tips and gratuities and personal items. 

 

     

 

 

DETAILED MAP

 

 V & A  Waterfront

 Kramat at Signal Hill

Bo Kaap

Auwal Mosque

Game Safari

Ostrich Ranch in Oudtshoorn

Cango Caves

Knysna in the Garden Route

 

Mossel Bay

     
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