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Johannesburg also called Jo'burg is the largest city in South Africa and the third largest city in Africa. It is also the most populous city in the world not situated on the shores of a major body of water. The city has an electric atmosphere and is home to numerous attractions and large green areas, and has excellent weather conditions. There is much to see and do in Johannesburg; therefore tourists are sure to never get bored. There have however been reports of Johannesburg having crime and safety problems and tourist must be aware of this. Muslims make up a small percentage of the city’s population; however Muslims tourists will be able to easily find quite a number of Halal restaurants and prayer areas in Johannesburg. A great place to start sightseeing would be at Mary Fitzgerald Square, which was previously known as Newtown's Market Square. This square was renamed to honor South Africa’s first female trade unionist- Mary Fitzgerald; who is said to have greatly contributed to Johannesburg’s history.  All year round numerous events are held here. There are several cafes here and it is a great place to people watch and relax.  Constitution Hill is another attraction that should be on every visitor’s itinerary. Tourists visiting the area will get a glimpse into South Africa’s turbulent past. It is the site of the notorious Old Fort prison complex and has witnessed numerous significant events in South Africa’s history. This National Heritage Site is a definite must-visit when in the area. There are also several museums that tourists must visit to learn more about the history of the city. Apartheid Museum is a must-visit when in Johannesburg. Other museums worthy of a visit include the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum and the Nelson Mandela National Museum.  The Johannesburg Zoo is a great place for the entire family. With over 54 hectares to explore and more than 3000 native animals to meet, the zoo is said to be one of the largest in South Africa. The zoo is home to elephants, monkeys, rare white lions and many other rare and unique animals. It is located in a beautiful setting and is a great place to take kids. Those looking for unique items to take back home must pay a visit to one of the many flea markets in Johannesburg. Visitors will be able to find a variety of craft items, food products, traditional herbs and more. Some of the markets worth visiting include; Mai Mai, Bruma Flea Market, Bryanston Organic & Natural Market and Market Theatre Flea Market....more

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Johannesburg also called Jo'burg is the largest city in South Africa and the third largest city in Africa. It is also the most populous city in the world not situated on the shores of a major body of water. The city has an electric atmosphere and is home to numerous attractions and large green areas, and has excellent weather conditions. There is much to see and do in Johannesburg; therefore tourists are sure to never get bored. There have however been reports of Johannesburg having crime and safety problems and tourist must be aware of this. Muslims make up a small percentage of the city’s population; however Muslims tourists will be able to easily find quite a number of Halal restaurants and prayer areas in Johannesburg.

A great place to start sightseeing would be at Mary Fitzgerald Square, which was previously known as Newtown's Market Square. This square was renamed to honor South Africa’s first female trade unionist- Mary Fitzgerald; who is said to have greatly contributed to Johannesburg’s history.  All year round numerous events are held here. There are several cafes here and it is a great place to people watch and relax.

 Constitution Hill is another attraction that should be on every visitor’s itinerary. Tourists visiting the area will get a glimpse into South Africa’s turbulent past. It is the site of the notorious Old Fort prison complex and has witnessed numerous significant events in South Africa’s history. This National Heritage Site is a definite must-visit when in the area.

There are also several museums that tourists must visit to learn more about the history of the city. Apartheid Museum is a must-visit when in Johannesburg. Other museums worthy of a visit include the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum and the Nelson Mandela National Museum.

 The Johannesburg Zoo is a great place for the entire family. With over 54 hectares to explore and more than 3000 native animals to meet, the zoo is said to be one of the largest in South Africa. The zoo is home to elephants, monkeys, rare white lions and many other rare and unique animals. It is located in a beautiful setting and is a great place to take kids.

Those looking for unique items to take back home must pay a visit to one of the many flea markets in Johannesburg. Visitors will be able to find a variety of craft items, food products, traditional herbs and more. Some of the markets worth visiting include; Mai Mai, Bruma Flea Market, Bryanston Organic & Natural Market and Market Theatre Flea Market.

Nearby Airports

The closest airport to Johannesburg is O.R. Tambo International Airport, located about 26 kilometres from the center of the city. This airport offers domestic and international flights and is said to be Africa's busiest airport. The airport is easily accessible by car, bus and rail.

Halal Restaurants

Muslim visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding Halal food in Johannesburg. They will be able to find a wide array of cuisines ranging from Mexican and Italian to Indian and Middle Eastern. Chicken Licken, Adega, Hendrix Pizza & Coffee Café, Steers, Jimmy's Killer Prawns and Mochachos are just a few of the numerous Halal restaurants in Johannesburg. Many of these restaurants are Halal certified or Muslim owned; however it is best for Muslims to inquire about the Halal status of the food before dining.

Mosques

There are plenty of mosques in Johannesburg, and therefore Muslim visitors will be able to easy locate a prayer facility when in the city. Mayfair, Crosby and Brixton are areas where quite a number of Muslims live. The Jumu'ah Masjid on Kerk Street, the Nugget Street Masjid, the Braamfontein Musallah, Masjidun Nur and Masjid Ziaul Badr are just a few of the several mosques and Islamic centers located in Johannesburg.

Things to Do and See in Johannesburg

  • Johannesburg Zoo
  • Melville Koppies Nature Reserve
  • Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum
  • Constitution Hill
  • Nelson Mandela National Museum
  • Apartheid Museum
  • Museum Africa
  • Newtown Cultural Precinct
  • Carlton Centre Observation Deck
  • Soweto
  • Gold Reef City
  • Mary Fitzgerald Square
  • Nelson Mandela bridge
  • Top 10 Muslim-friendly Non-OIC Destinations

    Especially with the increase in Muslim millennial travellers, there is no doubt that the Muslim Travel Market is continuing to evolve due to new trends that are shaping and changing Halal travel. Muslims who love to travel and seek amazing, yet authentic travel experiences are well aware of the common issues that arise while they travel to certain destinations. Looking at the results of the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI 2018) by Mastercard-CrescentRating, some of the top non-OIC travel destinations have also recognised the rapid rise in Muslim travellers and are aiming towards improving Muslim-friendly travel. This latest report goes into detail on how the availability of Halal food, prayer facilities and other requirements can make destinations more Muslim-friendly. Most non-OIC destinations have higher scored than in the previous years, as they have started to understand the Muslim Travel Market better and improve their services accordingly. So, if you are stuck wondering where you can have Muslim-friendly holidays, don’t miss out on these non-OIC destinations listed below. Book a Halal hotel with us!   Singapore With numerous options when it comes to Halal food, prayer facilities and even Halal-friendly hotels, it’s no surprise that Singapore is at the top of the list of Muslim-friendly holiday destinations for families and millennials. Not only is Singapore a popular shopping destination, but it’s also a great place to try out a variety of cuisines both local and international alike – and there are wonderful Halal food options available too. According to the GMTI 2018 report, Singapore is at the top of the list of destinations that create a supportive environment for Muslim travellers. Additionally, Singapore is within the top five destinations when it comes to good communication according to the report.   Thailand Thailand also makes it to the list of top Muslim-friendly non-OIC destinations according to the GMTI 2018 report. You don’t need to postpone that exotic trip to Thailand just yet – Muslim travellers no longer have to struggle when it comes to locating Halal food, prayer facilities or mosques in Thailand. The city’s capital Bangkok has plenty of Halal restaurants where travellers can sample the excellent local cuisines and will also find many mosques as well. From breathtakingly beautiful islands framed by the turquoise ocean to the fascinating local culture, Thailand is undoubtedly an interesting place to visit. United Kingdom With a growing Muslim population, the United Kingdom is another destination to add to your travel list especially, if you are looking for Muslim-friendly cities in Europe. Muslim travellers will be able to find Halal restaurants and prayer facilities quite easily in most towns, and the United Kingdom has always been a popular travel destination. There are many interesting historical landmarks, attractions as well as famous places that you simply must not miss out on, and most main cities are just great for Halal holidays in Europe. Cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool or Manchester just to name a few, are especially Muslim-friendly with a number of Muslims dwelling in these areas.   Japan Japan is another fascinating destination that is worth visiting, and that makes it onto the list of Muslim-friendly non-OIC destinations. While most Muslim travellers will say that locating Halal food might be challenging, there has been an increase in the number of Halal restaurants in cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Kobe. Additionally, there has been a rise in Muslim-friendly facilities as well, due to the growth of the Muslim population, and including an increase in Muslim travellers to Japan. So,you can still enjoy Muslim-friendly holidays and take in the sights and sound of Japan.   Taiwan Most Muslim visitors to Taiwan will face a few issues when it comes to locating Halal food or ensuring a Muslim-friendly experience, however, there is no need to reconsider your travel plans. The main city of Taipei has become much more Muslim-friendly with a small but growing Muslim population and there is an increase in Halal restaurants as well. When it comes to prayer facilities, travellers can visit the Taipei Grand Mosque which is a historical landmark, and the other option is the Taipei Cultural Mosque.   Hong Kong There has been a noticeable rise in Muslim travellers to Hong Kong, which is on the list of top non-OIC destinations according to GMTI 2018. While Muslim travellers need to be aware that Halal restaurants or outlets are limited, the increase in Muslim travellers has prompted the need to create more Muslim-friendly options. Hong Kong’s Muslim population is growing as well, and that comes with an increase in Halal restaurants and Muslim-friendly facilities too. You will also find more Halal products in stores than in previous times.   South Africa Despite being a non-OIC destination, South Africa has become a major favourite among Muslim travelers, especially Cape Town where there is significant Muslim population. It’s one of the more ideal holiday destinations for Muslim families with a very interesting culture and unique places for nature lovers too. Muslim travelers won’t face major issues when looking for prayer facilities or Halal restaurants especially in Cape Town and Johannesburg. But overall, Muslim travelers will be able to enjoy a Muslim-friendly holiday in South Africa.   Germany Germany is another excellent place to visit, especially if you prefer to visit more Muslim-friendly cities in Europe, which will include Berlin, Dusseldorf and Munich to name a few. Germany has an intriguing history as well as many interesting sights and monuments – which are some great reasons to go on a Halal tour where you can learn more about this destination. Additionally, Muslim travellers will be able to locate mosques and places that serve Halal food quite easily since there is growing Muslim population in Germany. According to the GMTI 2018, Germany is in the top ten list of destinations that are more accessible.   France France is another great non-OIC destination that you can add to your travel list, which is known for excellent cuisine, culture and interesting history. Referring to the GMTI 2018, this destination also falls in the top ten accessible countries. There are plenty of Halal restaurants in Paris due to the increasing Muslim population, and this is where you will get to sample a variety of international and local cuisines. Due to ethnic diversity, France has some of the mot Muslim-friendly cities in Europe and there will be no shortage of prayer facilities as there are several mosques in the main cities such as Paris and Lyon.s   Australia Although Australia is a non-OIC destination, there is a great variety of Halal dining options around the country – especially in Sydney, Brisbane and Queensland. With the rise in Muslim travellers to the continent, there has been an increase in Muslim-friendly facilities and Halal restaurants too. There are plenty of interesting activities and amazing places to see in Australia, especially when it comes to wildlife. Mosques and prayer places are easily accessible in the main cities too. Australia is also one of the best holiday destinations for Muslim families as there is something for everyone to enjoy. Go on a Halal Trip with us! Check out our City Guides!...



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