Cape Malay Cultural and Heritage

Somerset West – Distict Six, Cape Town

6 NIGHTS/ 7 DAYS

2 Nights Somerset West – Guest House
4 Nights Cape Town – Guest House

 

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Day 1: Voetboeg Lodge Macassar-Sheykh Yusuf

“The start of Islam in the Cape,”

Voetboeg Lodge Macassar-Sheykh Yusuf

Shaykh Yusuf al- Maqassari a National Hero of Two Countries, a Sufi saint, and a Reformer in the Islamic Mystical World of the Seventeen Century, from Gowa, South Sulawesi to Cape Town.

Macassar’s history is closely tied to the Strand as it is from here that its first inhabitants came. The kramat (shrine) of Sheikh Yusuf (Tuanta Salamaka) of Sultanate of Gowa, in what is today Makassar in Indonesia, is one of the South African Muslim community’s holiest places. The Sheikh, who was exiled by the Dutch in 1694, came to the strand area and made it his final resting place. Sheikh Yusuf was of noble birth and was one of the most educated and pious men who set foot on the shores of the Cape. One this day you will met at Cape Town International airport and transferred to Macassar. On arrival you will pay your respects to Sheikh Yusuf.

Activities: Meet and greet, transfer ex Cape Town International airport. Check-in at Voetboeg Lodge, Visit to Sheikh Yusuf’s kramat ( Markaam/shrine)

Overnight: Voetboeg Lodge Macassar-Sheykh Yusuf

 

Day 2: Vergelegen & Stellenbosch

Cape Dutch Gable “Be enchanted by the discoveries of the Breede Valley. A beauty words cannot describe, an experience the soul can relate to.” Splendid Mountain ranges, green fertile valleys, historic towns and villages, historic towns and villages, gracious homestead, orchards, and vineyards heavy with fruit- these in brief are the physical elements that distinguish the Breede Valley. Vergelegen ( meaning”far away”) Find out more about the influence the slaves had on the development of this estate. Walk in the shade of the 300 year -old camphor trees now national monuments. Visit Stellenbosch the second oldest town in South Africa and experience life from the 17th to the 19th century by visiting the village Museum.

Activities: Vergelegen Estate, Stellenbosch, oldest mosque, and the village museum.

Overnight: Voetboeg Lodge Macassar DBB

 

Day 3: Bo- Kaap and the surrounds.

“Enter the realm of the pioneers and their offspring in the Bo-Kaap”

Bo Kaap with Table Mountain

In the Malay Quarter you will witness how a group emerged from slavery and became a vibrant community holding fast to their own cultures and traditions. This community contributes a great deal to the development of South Africa nation. The Malay community is recognized by their food, dress, religious practices, kassieda’s ( Malay/Arab) and Malay Choirs. Experience the mystical legends within the surrounds of Bo-Kaap. Areas such Athlone, Rylands and Surrey Estate of the extended Muslim communities are part of this experience.

Activities are: Visits to the Kramat of Tuan Guru, The Auwal Mosque, walk through Bo-Kaap, Bo- Kaap Museum. Tastings of the Cape Malay cuisine in the area. The Habibia Sufi Mosque and Majid-Ul-Quds are also visited. From today you will be staying at District Six Guest House.The Guesthouse provides a portal from where, within walking distance, visitors are able to explore the historic locale and the City center. Cape Malay hospitality, renowned for its warmth and endearment, as well as the provision of old Cape Malay traditional cuisine with its unique flavor and condiment, makes for a stay of memorable experience. All foods are strictly Halaal and the consumption of alcohol is not allowed on the premises.

The significance of our guesthouse-site having been declared a National Heritage Site. In effect, our accommodation, consisting of three cottages, is an adaption, during Victorian times, of farm cottages that were attached to the Zonnebloem farmhouse. District Six Guesthouse is within walking distance to: Mosques, Churches, Cape Town Technicon and the Convention Centre.

Overnight: District Six Guest House BB

 

Day 4: Cape of Good Hope, Simonstown and Constantia Mysteries of the Cape of Hope

Cape of Good Hope

Enter a realm of a society that came from the East and was banished to the furthest point, the Cape of Good Hope, as political exiles and slaves. A Malay Culture which has existed for over 350 years and still treasures it’s unique heritage because of their “Great Ancestors”. Enjoy a mystical and enchanting tour, exploring from where our history began, to where it is now. This tour starts from the centre of Cape Town via the backdrop of Sea Point, Camps Bay and into Houtbay. Around the famous Chapmanspeak until you reach the most south westerly point in the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve. Enjoy some of the most breath-taking scenic views.

Activities: Cape of Good Hope, Simonstown, Simonstown Heritage Museum, Penguins, Sayed Mahmud Kramat (Markam/shrine) in Constantia, Traditional dinner at a local family’s home and story-teller.

Overnight: District Six Guest House BB

 

Day 5: Robben Island

Robben Island

Robben Island first gained notoriety as a prison for eastern political exiles, sultans, spiritualists, convicts and slaves. It is a reminder of the injustices and the ill-treatment afforded these prisoners that a kramat (Shrine/Markam) is to found on the island. The eastern political exiles and convicts,are truly the pioneers of Islam in this country; thus Robben Island becomes very much the history of the Muslim in South Africa. The shrine on Robben Island, is a symbol of the struggle for the establishment of Islam. To them it was also an indication of the wonder of Islam. It is an expression of Islam’s power, having survives all kinds of restrictions, prejudices, imprisonment and oppression in a land called ‘the fairest Cape on the circumstances of the earth’. Ironically, this shrine was constructed by the apartheid prison authorities in the 1960’s.

Activities: Boat departure from Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island for a three and a half hour tour, visiting the island, the prison and the kramat ( Shrine/Markam)Sayed Abduraghman Motura.

Find out about the order of the Companions of OR Tambo in Gold awarded to Sheigh Yusuf for Exceptional Contribution to the Struggle against Colonialism by President of the Republic of South Africa, T.M. Mbeki on the 27 September 2005.

Overnight: District Six Guest House BB

 

Day 6: Kalk Bay & Muizenberg

Kalk Bay Harbour

Experience life in an ancestral group in a modern society with beauty, charm and love.

Take a day to explore a charismatic village called Kalk Bay- A town filled with a great history where people respected each other despite colour, creed or religion even when most of South African’s “Lived apart”. People worked and walked together in harmony, enjoying the beauty of this amazing and interesting Town. The shouts of the local fisherman fill the air as they off load their fish after a day catch. A community filled with pride that raised their offspring with dignity and integrity and enjoyed the essence of laughter and togetherness. Their ancestors were Indonesians, Javanese, Philipines, Malaysians, Jewish, English and Afrikaans speaking South Africans.

Activities: Muizenberg, visit Kramat (Shrine) Sayed Abdul Aziz, visit the Cecil John Rhodes Museum, walk through Kalk Bay, enjoying the many boutique shops, galleries and restaurants. Fresh fish and chips on the local harbour of the very first resort in Cape Town called Kalk Bay.

Overnight: District Six Guest House BB

 

Day 7: District Six Guest House and Cape Town International Airport

Check out at this enchanting guest house and be transferred to Cape Town International airport for your flight home. Savouring the memories of “Going back to your roots”.

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