What to expect
Cape Malay Heritage Tour | Minimum 4 Pax | Advanced booking 24 Hours Prior
Your visit to Cape Town remains incomplete without immersing yourself in the Cape Malay experience, inviting you to “Enter The Realm Of Legends, Myths, and Mysteries.” This unique journey unfolds the religious, cultural, and heritage dimensions of the Kramats (Holy Shrines) that have shaped and safeguarded the Cape community for over three centuries. The Kramats, it is said, form a protective circle of Islam around the Cape.
Explore the vibrant Malay Quarter Bo-Kaap, renowned for its colorful houses and heritage sites dating back to the 1700s. The iconic Auwal Mosque, the city’s and country’s oldest, stands as a testament to the rich history. Discover the stories of the ancestors, delve into traditional attire, understand the significance of a Kuffia, experience melodious Ratiep prayers, and savor the enticing aroma of the rich, spicy Malay cuisine. The journey unfolds along the Cape Peninsula, tracing the impact and legends of the Cape Malay along the picturesque coast—from Tana Baru and the 99 steps to Nurul Mubeen on the Atlantic Coast, through Hout Bay via the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive (recognized as one of the world’s most scenic routes) to Simon’s Town, the Naval Base, and Town. A stop at Jubilee Square introduces you to the famous canine “Just Nuisance,” the only Able Seaman. Amidst the Cape’s initial Winelands in Constantia, explore additional Shrines, concluding with a traditional Cape Malay dinner accompanied by storytelling. Immerse yourself in the local slang, Cape Afrikaans/Afrikaaps, and take home your “Barakat” — a cherished souvenir embodying Cape Malay culture’s hospitality.
Kuffia: Headdress for Muslim men
Ratiep: Traditional melodious prayers and practices with swords
Barakat: A traditional keepsake symbolizing Cape Malay culture’s hospitality
Afrikaans: One of the official languages
Afrikaaps: A local Cape (Kaap) twist or slang on the Afrikaans language
Meet your host
Latifa Cozyn grew up on the False Bay coast, namely Kalk Bay and has an interesting background but what she passionately shares as a tour guide is her proud heritage of Cape Malay traditions and culture.
You will be mesmerised by the stories she shares and find out about her travels and experiences which add to the knowledge and passion of having her being your guide.