Cape Town Islamic Heritage Tour
On this tour you will discover places of sheer amazement and understand the traces of the first Muslims to have set foot on these shores.
Choice of 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
Cape Malay Quarters, Bo-Kaap, District Six, Maqams of Awliyah (friends of Allah), V&A Waterfront, Hout Bay, Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Simonstown, Camps Bay, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Robben Island and much more.
IncludedAccommodationAirport TransfersBreakfastEntrance to all sites visitedLocal transportQualified and registered Muslim tour guide
Not IncludedDinnersInternal FlightsIterms of personal natureLocal transport not mentioned in packageLunchPersonal/ medical insuranceTips/ gratuities
Day 1: Cape Town
Day 2: Cape Islamic Tour
Day 3: Robben Island & V&A Waterfront
Day 4: Peninsula Drive
Day 5: Kirstenbosch & Extras
Day 6: Departure
You will be walked through the richness of the local Muslim community in Bo-Kaap known for its’ brightly coloured houses, District Six and visit the Auwal Masjid - the first masjid built in South Africa over 200 years ago.
While touring this spectacular city you will visit a number of Maqams or resting places of Awliyah (friends of Allah). These Awliyah were the pioneers of Islam in the Cape and were brought to the Cape as slaves or political prisoners by the Dutch, who were colonial rulers of the Cape until the early 19th century. Most of these Awliyah hailed from other Dutch colonies in the East such as India, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Java (the largest of Indonesia’s islands). Some were imprisoned on Robben Island, later made famous by Nelson Mandela’s incarceration there. The positions of the various Maqams in and around Cape Town are said to fulfil an ancient prophecy foretelling a ‘circle of Islam’ around the Mother City. According to this view they offer the city divine protection and are visited by the local Muslim community and visitors to derive spiritual benefits and pay respects.
Expert tour guides will also take you around the famous Robben Island, including the prison at which Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in during Apartheid. You will get to spend an afternoon at the world renowned V&A Waterfront where you’ll be able to collect souvenirs to go with your epic holiday stories.
A tour of this majestic city is incomplete without a stroll through the most beautiful garden in Africa – the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the most highly acclaimed botanical gardens in the world on the slopes of Table Mountain.
You’ll get to do all the above in the comfort of a luxury air-conditioned vehicle equipped with an on-board fridge which can keep drinks both hot or cold, multiple mobile phone and laptop charging facilities, 3G Wi-Fi access and a netbook at your disposal which will allow you to upload photos to Facebook and Instagram as soon as you’ve snapped them #Wanderlust.
All tours are conducted by energetic and knowledgeable Muslim guides who are passionate about Cape Town. They will ensure all prayer times (including Jummah at a local masjid) and lunches are catered for, leaving our clients with the only responsibility of having an enjoyable and relaxing Halal holiday.
- Cape Agulhas (Full day) - Mentioned in Surah Ar-Rahman - The point where two oceans meet but do not mix
- Various other Maqams of awliyah
- Soni Art Studios – Arabic calligraphy (half day)
- Thursday night: Dhikr at Auwwal Masjid
- Ostrich Farm (Cape Point Day)
- Horse Riding (Can be day of Penisular Drive – on Nordhoek Beach)
- Shark Cage Diving – Hermanus (full day)
- Game Reserve – see the big 5 during a half day safari or an optional overnight stay
- Whale watching (season dependent) – Hermanus (full day)
- Stellenbosch/ Wine Route
- Garden Route – Cango Caves (minimum of 2 nights)
- Pringle Bay Beach House
- Shopping: - Cavendish Square - Canal Walk
- Sky diving
- Paragliding (Sea Point)
- Lions Head Hike (Half day)
- Table Mountain Hike (Half day)
- Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) (half day)
- Cheetah Outreach (half day)
- Girraffe House (half day)