Cape Town Islamic Heritage Tour

Cape Town Islamic Heritage Tour

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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

 

Places Visited:

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.

  • Destination
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Breakfast
    Entrance to all sites visited
    Local transport
    Qualified and registered Muslim tour guide
  • Not Included
    Internal Flights
    Lunch
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Day 1: Cape Town
Airport pickup and welcome, hotel check-in and rest/refresh. If late arrival: V&A Waterfront for dinner. If early arrival: Green Point Park, Signal Hill (360 view of Atlantic Seaboard) for sunset. We will visit the Maqams of Sheikh Mohamed Hassen Ghaibie Shah & Tuan Kaape-ti-low before heading to V&A Waterfront for dinner.
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Day 2: Cape Islamic Tour
Table Mountain visit. Cape Malay Islamic tour of Bo-Kaap, District Six and Auwal Masjid. City tour and Greenmarket Square. Macassar: Shaykh Yusuf Maqam.
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Day 3: Robben Island & V&A Waterfront
Robben Island (weather permitting) Maqam: Sayed Abduraghman Motura V&A Waterfront – free time Sea Point Promenade for sunset (optional: dinner at Sea Point)
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Day 4: Peninsula Drive
Full day of touring visiting Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Cape Point, Simonstown, Penguin Reserve and Camps Bay. We will visit the following Maqams along the way: Simonstown: Local Mosque and Maqams of Imam Lalu Abdul Kadir Jaelani and his son, Imam Ismael Dea Malela. Camps Bay: Sayed Bassier
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Day 5: Kirstenbosch & Extras
Kirstenbosch Gardens, Signal Hill & Castle of Good Hope (if not done already) and optional extras (time permitting) We will also visit the following Maqams: Constantia: Sheikh Abdul Mutalib & Sayed Mahmud Klein Constantia: Sheikh Abdurahman Matebe Shah Oudekraal: Sheikh Noorul Mubeen Maqam
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Day 6: Departure
Final thoughts. Leisure time until transfers to airport for departures. Shopping available (time permitting).

TOUR LOCATION

You will visit the heights of Table Mountain, the city’s most iconic landmark. Explore the Cape Peninsula where an unforgettable drive along the coast with breathtaking views of the ocean will accompany much of your journey. You will pass along the False Bay coast, through Simons Town (famous for its penguin colonies) until you reach the Cape Point National Park – home of the Cape of Good Hope, made famous by 15th century Portuguese navigators who first made the ocean voyage from Europe to India. Thereafter you will cross over to the Atlantic coast, journeying through beautiful coastal towns and the world famous Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach Camps Bay in time for sunset.

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.
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  • Rima M
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    My experience with Sojourn Tours was overall excellent. We started with finding the Islamic tour of Cape Town and requested to add on additional South Africa experiences to “see the country”. Sumaiya was very helpful in planning our whole trip and was receptive to our specific needs and wishes. Our tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible. They were experienced and able to give us the best opportunities taking into consideration our interests. Our final itinerary had a nice balance of activities that we enjoyed but also flexibility to relax, not to mention opportunity to change or add more as we desired. It really felt very personalized. It was exactly the type of tour I enjoy – a mix of beauty and fun, but also educational. We learned so much about the history of South Africa, and the current social atmosphere after apartheid. We were blessed to visit and experience so many natural wonders – climates, scenic vistas, animals and fauna! My only critique is that despite our well-planned trip, there is so much more to see in South Africa! I look forward, God willing, to an opportunity to return to South Africa and would happily use Sojourn Tours again – Rima M (USA)

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Optional Extras

 
  • 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)

Booking Conditions

 
  • Pricing for packages are as mentioned and are not negotiable
  • All payments made would be in AUD
  • Prices do not include, visa fees, insurance, airport taxes, gratuities, personal expenses or any other expenses not mentioned in the package inclusions.
  • In order to confirm reservations, a 30% deposit payment is required at the time of making your booking. The balance of payment is due 45 days prior to the commencement date of your itinerary. Bookings made within 45 days prior to departure are subject to full prepayment at the time of confirming the reservation. If the required deposit or final payment is not received by the due date, Sojourn Tours reserves the right to withdraw services.
  • The non-issuing of an invoice or non-payment of deposit will not exempt travellers from these payment terms.
  • Alternate Hotels will be offered in case the original Hotel (included in the package) is not available
  • If a place of visit is closed to visitors, it will be replaced with an alternative
  • The sequence of itinerary is subject to change without prior notice
  • Due to local or religious festivals, unforeseen circumstances and weather conditions, the sequence of itinerary may need to be changed or alternative sites substituted at short notice
  • Clients must ensure that they hold a valid visa to enter their destination country
  • Timings of tours and meals are subject to last minute changes and clients will be updated during the tour
  • Package inclusions are as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Payment confirmation will be sent at the time of booking
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