South Africa: Mandela, Safari & the Majestic Cape

Most countries in the world display some diversity but South Africa, known as the rainbow nation, takes some beating. Whether it is the many languages and cultures of the communities who call this home, or the wide variety of landscapes, flora and fauna, its unique location at the southern end of the African continent gives this land a very special feeling.

Our epic journey begins in Johannesburg where we learn more about the legacy of apartheid including the struggles of different communities during a very difficult period in the country’s history. We then explore the rich wildlife of Kruger National Park and some incredible scenery along the way. The third part of the trip takes us to Cape Town where the first Muslims arrived over 350 years ago. Set against the backdrop of the imposing Table Mountain, this colourful city with its many beaches and cliffs is one of the highlights of the tour.

Our main guide will be Khalid who has several years of experience organising safari and cultural heritage experiences in the region.


This package comes without international flights and visa (obtained on arrival) but includes accommodation, ground transport, airport transfers, one domestic flight, entrance fees, experienced tour guides, breakfast and selected meals. The food we offer is wholesome and indigenous to the region. 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, and an evening summary.


  • Johannesburg, Fordsburg, Soweto, Hazyview, Graskop, Kruger National Park, Sabie, V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Bo Kaap, District Six, Hout Bay, Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Simonstown, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens and much more!

Main Locations:

  • Johannesburg
  • Hazyview or Kruger Park
  • Cape Town

Optional (additional days and charge):

  • Great White Shark Cage Diving
  • Whale watching
  • Extensive nature trail


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: Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport (JNB)
Arrival Date: As advertised
Time: Any time until 11:00 am
Departure Location: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Departure Date: As advertised
Time: Any time after 12:00 pm


3 or 4 star hotels with air conditioning and private bathroom in convenient locations. Participants will typically spend 2-3 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

Next tour dates

11-19 September 2024

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