Kramats of the Cape
“Enter The Realm Of Legends, Myths and Mysteries“.
0900 You will be collected by a registered tourist guide at your hotel. Then proceed to Bo-Kaap Where you will start your tour in the Malay Quarter, Enter a realm of a society that came from the East and banished to the Cape as political exiles and slaves. A Malay culture which has existed for over 300 years and still treasures its unique heritage because of their Great ancestors.
0930 We will stop at Bo-Kaap which became home to many slaves and Muslims after the abolishment of slavery, showcases local and Islamic cultural and heritage. Here will see how the red Kuffia (headdress for Muslim men) was made and brought into existence by Abubakr Effendi who arrived in Cape Town from Turkey in 1863.
1000 After introductions we will proceed on foot through the streets of Bo-kaap and its colourful houses towards the Tana Baru Cemetery, situated at the top of end of Longmarket Street. The Cemetry is probably the oldest Muslim cemetery in South Africa. Here lies buried the early pioneers of this country. We will also visit the shrine of the Karamat Imam Abdullah Ibn Kadi Abdus Salaam known as Tuan Guru- meaning teacher and Tuan Sayeed Alawie
1045 We will continue in our vehicle from Bo-Kaap Museum to the Auwal Mosque established in 1794, the first an oldest Mosque in South Africa. The mosque came into existence during the time of the first British Occupation of the Cape of Good Hope.
1115 Continue to Ouderkraal passing the scenic sites of Camps Bay, after captivating the essence of Bo- Kaap we continue to Sheikh Noorul Mubeen in ascending via the 99 steps leading from Victoria Road up the Mountain. Learn about the myths and mysteries of this prominent Sheikh.
1200 We continue to Simonstown via one of the most beautiful scenic Mountain passes called Chapmans Peak.
1300 Arrive in Simonstown and visit the Amlay House (built in 1858) Heritage Museum depicting the lifestyles of the Muslim Society, their lifestyles and cultural practices which include the “Ratiep” brought from the East. Meet a most interesting couple who are the curator and is living once again in their family house which was forcibly taken from them during the apartheid Government under the group areas act on 1 September 1967. Here a light meal will be served whiles listening to the interesting tales of these amazing two people. (meal included)
1430 After an interesting visit to the Amlay House we will continue our journey, with a stop at Jubilee Square to see the famous dog “Just Nuisance”. Whilst still taking in the moments of your journey we return to Wynberg via Kalk Bay a charismatic town today and one of the first resorts in South Africa.
Afterwards we continue to Groot Constania. One of the first Estate in South Africa and required slave labour as the Khoi had fled to the interior. A brief visit before we continue to visit the Shrine of Sayed Mahmud who was of the „Orang Cayen‟, men of wealth and influence.
1800 Arrive in Wynberg for a traditional Cape Malay dinner at a house where you will be entertained by a story- teller. Learn more about the stories of the food, the “Kombuis English” Arabic and Afrikaans- the Hertzogie biscuit- Netherlande liedjies (songs) and much more.
2030 Return to your hotel with a “barakat” something to take with you which are traditional to the Cape Malay culture´s hospitality.
Thank you for sharing the day with us.