|Tour dates:||19 January - 27 January 2018|
Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, the Rainbow nation, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating. It befits its position at the southern end of the world’s most epic continent, with more types of terrain than photographers can shake their zoom lens at from Kruger National Park to Cape Peninsula.
Travel between the legacy of Apartheid and Johannesburg today, visiting the famous apartheid museums, the Soweto townships, the infamous Robben Island prison, and learn much from the struggles and contributions of the two Nobel prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. We will also visit, learn and understand the various Muslim communities from their first settlement 200 years ago, during the apartheid period and challenges today!
Our guide is the Khalid Vawda with many years of experience in this region.
The package comes without international flights and visa (provided on arrival) but includes local transportation including return transfers to airport, local flights, breakfast and dinner only, but lunch is not but can be arranged by our guide. The food we offer is wholesome and indigenous to the area, thus giving an authentic feel to the tour. 3* hotel accommodation and entrance fees to sites of interest mentioned in the below, local qualified and registered guide. Itineraries are subject to small modifications depending on the size and composition of the group as well as local circumstances at the time of the trip. Each day there will be a brief for the day, spiritual reminders throughout the day with important historical facts and points by our guide and an evening summary.
As flights to and from South Africa are not included in the package, you are advised to book flights according to the dates advertised.
Destination: O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Arrival Date: As advertised
Time: Any time in the morning, preferably before 11 am
Departure Location: Cape Town InternationalAirport (LIM)
Departure Date: As advertised
Time: Any time
Upon arrival to South Africa our local operatives will take over all transportation within the country, including to and from the airport.
3 star hotels in convenient locations will allow you to easily reach the most important attractions. Participants will typically spend 1-2 nights in each city or town.
“We have travelled to many countries including France and Britain. But we had the most enjoyable and fun time in South Africa. It was really fun! The guide was the best! We can’t wait to come back soon insha Allah!” – Al Dowsari Group, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2017
“We most enjoyed the warm hospitality by the Tour Director (Khalid Vawda) , the staff at the Guesthouse and the Muslim family who had welcome us to their house for dinner. We truly enjoyed ourselves at the Lion Park where we actually got the chance to pet a lion cub and the Kruger Park where we had managed to spot 4 out of the big 5! The Apartheid Museum was both informative as well as a humbling experience. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and an expert on Kruger Park. She took us on the path where we’ll most likely will spot the animals – which we did, Alhamdulillah. She was always helpful. She had helped secure a place for us to pray on the way back from Hazyview to Johannesburg, right after our delicious pancake lunch. We chose this destination because South Africa has a lot to offer, from safari game drive in the Mpumalanga province and the panoramic routeto the beautiful Table Mountain and beaches in Capetown. Islamic Travels and Tours offers a variety of sightseeing options in a muslim friendly manner. The overall quality of services provided by Islamic Travels was excellent.” – Fahrudean Family, Kuala Lumpur – 2016
“The Tour Guides were fab! They were like walking encyclopedias and their passion and love of what they were doing really showed, as well as their integrity and honesty. They worked so well together and would keep us smiling just through their own banter with each other as well with us. I really enjoyed their company. They both went out of their way to make sure we saw as much as possible and to try capture sightings of the big 5. They were also very understanding of any religious requirements I had. Cape Town has really spectacular views. I absolutely loved the Bo Kaap area with all the
different colored houses and dinner in that area on the last night was lovely. Table mountain and Cape Point speak for themselves –breathtaking! Robben island was a sad but well worth iconic visit. Boulders penguin sanctuary was brill. Feeding and walking with the elephants in Knysna was ace! The lagoon area was a really pleasant area to sit and watch boats! Very calming and peaceful. We had lots of fun on the canopy tour too in Tsitsikamma – definitely recommend this! Running out of words to describe how awesome the overall holiday was. There were so many things I enjoyed from the guides and their friendliness, sampling the traditional cuisine, the beautiful weather and people, the interactions with wildlife, the spectacular views of the peaceful bays and waterfalls to the caves. Everyone was so welcoming and the itinerary was detailed and well planned to fit in as much as possible in a short time. There were many thoughtful touches such as the prayer times/mats etc which were very appreciated. Alhamdulillah! I have always wanted to go to SA as heard it had spectacular scenery and I love nature and I chose Islamic Travels as I wanted to be comfortable in regards to my prayers- goal achieved! I definitely would recommend SA as a holiday destination and recommend this tour and Islamic Travels and Tours to my friends.” Sister A, London – 2016